Local production to screen soon

2019-11-26 06:01
Mark Matroos

Mark Matroos

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A new feature film about the life and trials of a young woman from Bishop Lavis has been making waves on social media, with the film set to become available from Sunday 1 December.

The film Meisie vani Lavis is the brainchild of Mitchell’s Plain local, Mark Matroos and features a local cast.

The movie features rapper K-Nine die Hond, Von D Kemp, Charmaine Segels, Barryl Pietersen and Melissa De Vries Joseph.

“I want to tell our people’s stories as it is; our daily life on the Cape Flats with no filters,” says Matroos.

“With this movie, we want to bring awareness of violence against women and also to listen to your mom and not to get involved with the wrong elements in the communities,” he adds.

The film took around 25 days to film and is self-produced.

The film is also entirely improvised.

“We did not have a script everything was improvised,” he says.

“I think it took about 20 to 25 days to film. We shot about two to three hours a day. It was self-produced and I can’t really say how much it cost, because I funded the movie myself.”

Matroos founded Mojam Entertainment which is the official producer of the film.

The married father of two moved around from Eerste River to Mitchell’s Plain where he now resides.

“I like watching movies, I never thought that I would end up making my own. There is a few stuff I want to do next year as I am also part of the duo Afrikaans Ruk that performs around South Africa. I definitely want to make another movie as I had a lot of people contacting me to be part of my next project,” says Matroos.

An official launch and screening of the film will be held at the Portland Indoor Centre on Sunday 1 December at 18:00. Tickets cost R50 per person.

Following the screening, the film will be available on DVD.

A total of 70% of the tickets have already been sold.

“Audiences can expect drama and some hard-hitting action and thriller,” Matroos says.

Meisie Vani Lavis is about a young girl named Veruscha who grew up in Bishop Lavis. She is well mannered, comes from a church background and is raised by a single mother named Antie Mainie.

Life is hard for them and sometimes there is no food to eat.

This closely knitted bond between mother and daughter quickly unravels.

Everything changes when Veruscha starts hanging out with a troubled youth named Menta who is mixed up with a few bad guys from the area.

Veruscha’s world spirals out of control while her mom is trying to warn her of the dangers of hanging out with the wrong friends. She refuses to listen and ends up learning a hard lesson.

V For more information, follow @mojamptyltd on Facebook and @mojam_ent on Instagram or call 071 474 3144 to find out about tickets or screenings.

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