M’ Plain movie a story of hope

2016-05-10 06:00
The cast and crew of Mitchell’s Plain – The Movie.  PHOTO: Samantha Lee

The cast and crew of Mitchell’s Plain – The Movie. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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A film made on the streets of Mitchell’s Plain will soon be released.

Mitchell’s Plain – The Movie is in the final stages of production and is set to tell a story of hope and be an accurate portrayal of the day-to-day lives of those who live in the area.

Robin Van Der Byl, the script writer and producer of the film, says it took a little more than a year to put the movie together.

“I wanted to portray the positives of Mitchell’s Plain without denying the bad side. You do see it in the film but the movie highlights the unsung heros,” says Van der Byl.

Several characters also commented on their favourite sections in the movie.

Across the board none of them have had any acting experience before the movie.

Sergio Muller says he enjoyed working on the movie and could relate to the character he played.

“It is important for everyone to see this movie because many people can relate to it. There is a lot of good in Mitchell’s Plain and this can help change people’s perceptions,” says Muller.

Alfred Albertus agrees, saying his character taught him life lessons that he can apply to his daily life.

“I took a while to respond to the offer to get involved but it turned out well in the end. I can relate because, as a father and husband, I learnt what to do and what not to do,” he says.

Abasia Khan, Renaldo Tarentaal, Kyle Apolis, Damian Kolby, Yolande Carelse, Robert Jnr Carelse, Olge Kolby-Van Wyk, Sharon January and Bianca Makatees are some of the other main characters who helped bring the film to life.

Van der Byl says there were more than 100 people working on the film as actors and extras.

Several setbacks also caused delays in filming but, with the new director Andrew Bennett on board, the film was quickly back on track.

Now with the launch a few days away the cast and crew reflect on the journey.

“We are a family now,” Khan says.

“It was challenging at first but we got to know eachother and that made it easier for us to learn lines.”

Van der Byl says they would also like to assist the Eastridge Baptist Church which burnt down earlier this year.

A few scenes of the movie were shot at the church ahead of the fire, he says.

The movie was produced on no budget and everything needed was paid for out of pocket, explains Van der Byl.

The movie will be launched on Saturday 14 May at the City of Grace Living Waters Auditorium in Belhar.

Tickets for the premier can be purchased via computicket at R50. Seats are limited

Van der Byl says a second screening in Mitchell’s Plain is in the works at a later stage.

Dress code for the event is smart casual and all white for women and black and white for men.V For more information call Robin Van der Byl on 060 334 2627 or email mplain.themovie@gmail.com or visit their facebook page: Mitchells Plain - The Movie.


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