Lucinda has a feel for film

2016-06-14 06:00
 Lucinda Van De Rheede from Beacon Valley on set shooting for Alison The Movie in Scarborough.  PHOTO: Anne kruger

Lucinda Van De Rheede from Beacon Valley on set shooting for Alison The Movie in Scarborough. PHOTO: Anne kruger

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A movie about an inspiring woman who spoke up for other’s rights will soon hit the silverscreen following a stint at a local film festival.

Alison the Movie made its World Premier at the Encounters Film Festival that was held in Cape Town this past weekend.

Encounters is an international documentary film festival and will see the film premier in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Now with the powerful hybrid documentary feature film wrapped up, a Mitchell’s Plain woman played an integral part as production assistant on the film.

Lucinda Van De Rheede grew up in Beacon Valley, and moved away to Surrey Estate before moving back in 2009.

“Remembering the distinct words of my Afrikaans teacher (at Imperial Primary School) telling me to be a psychologist and my mom telling me I should be a journalist, little did they know that filmmaking and what everyone had in mind would all add to my time line. In my first year in high school I attended Ned Doman Senior Secondary with the rest of my cousins, and then it become too much and getting home late from school was not going to work out for my cousin and myself. We went school hopping in Mitchell’s Plain and I could get into any school, but because my oldest cousin attended Cedar High in Rockland’s, that’s where we went until I matriculated,” she says.

She completed her matric and wanted to gain some computer skills.

Following the completion of the course she assisted her teacher with tutoring and was one of the students selected for further training at CPUT.

“I studied filmmaking at Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking. I always dreamt of being a filmmaker, but never knew it would become my reality,” she says.

While studying, the class worked with Carlini on preproduction of the film.

“Carlini later asked us to motivate why we should be a part of the project. It was truly amazing to work on Alison and with the team. I knew since day one that this film, being a true South African story made by a South African director, would make it big. I needed to get my spot on (the team), especially coming from a community where very few people have a vision and children think dreams can’t come true for them because the environment,” says Van De Rheede.

She is currently a freelance filmmaker, and on production assistance at the Encounters Festival.

“I also recently started a book club to uplift, inspire, change thinking and feed into women so that we can continue to strive and make a difference into the lives of young children, and in hope to unite parents, both husbands and wives, to feed and plant good seeds into the lives of their children through reading,” she says.

“A good book can do so much soothing to the soul and be fun and exciting, which is my next project for Women’s Month – to get books and donate to orphanages and shelters in the community.”

Film director Uga Carlini says on the site: “Accustomed as we are here to brutal acts of violence and where rape is commonplace, the horrific rape and attempted murder of Alison Botha in December 1994 shocked the nation. This film recounts the events of the 90 minutes that changed her forever, her hard-won physical recovery and the emotional and psychological healing which she has sought through writing and speaking about her experience.

“Reimagining her life as a fairy tale, beginning with what she believes to be a miracle, this is a story of extraordinary courage. We meet those who saved her life, pursued justice on her behalf, and the writer who helped her put it all down – all still touched by the ruin wreaked upon her, and her extraordinary rebirth.”

V The movie is set to premier to the public in August in celebration of Women’s Month.


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