Chance to play in movie filmed in U’hage

2016-06-09 06:00
=Willem Greeff and Angelique Gerber during the filming of “Gebore Talente”. Photo: SUPPLIED

=Willem Greeff and Angelique Gerber during the filming of “Gebore Talente”. Photo: SUPPLIED

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“The talent is here. In Uitenhage. After all, life is about giving, not taking.”

With these words, Willem Greeff from Dark Ripple Productions announced that the action movie Impervious Souls would be filmed in Uitenhage, with nearly the full cast to be made up out of locals.

The idea of a movie in Uitenhage caught fire whilst Greeff, who many moons ago matriculated at Daniel Pienaar, enjoyed a braai together with Morné Rosser, an ex-Brandwag pupil. Rosser asked, “Why not a movie in Uitenhage?”

Indeed why not? Greeff reasoned and soon the cameras will start rolling.

Uitenhage make-up artist Geraldine Palmer Ferreira has been commissioned as the official make-up artist for Impervious Souls whilst Denise du Plessis and Desiré Ungerer have already been acknowledged as characters in the movie.

Greeff explained the underlying theme of the film to the UD News: “The short route to be successful is a route not mapped. Imper- vious Souls is about the action and drama on this route.”

“Two pals, Colin Andrew and Gordon Conway take the short route to what they think will bring them pride, but actually it is the highway to the underworld of conflict, gangsters and self-destruction.”

Greeff, an executive producer, director, actor and writer, returned to his home town, for the shooting of his movie, after spending nearly a decade in Miami as well as in Italy, Switzerland and various other countries.

It was during a family holiday, visiting his parents Jacques and Sharon Greeff in Uitenhage, that he was offered the opportunity to enter the South African film industry.

Greeff played the leading role in the Afrikaans movie, Gebore Talente, together with Angelique Gerber.

“What I’ve experienced in the South African film industry is that audiences so often can predict where the story-line is heading.

“With Impervious Souls, it will be different. The emotional turmoil will unexpectedly be exposed through captivating special effects and dialogue. I would like for the movie to be visually pleasing - this opens doors to international screens.”

Executive producer of Impervious Souls, Morné Rosser, said all scenes would be filmed in Uitenhage.

“I know there is a lot of talent in town and we are looking forward to discover it.”

Search for local acting talent

Those between the ages of 18 to 65 years, who believe they have acting skills, must just click on Impervious Souls Facebook page for the necessary information.

Dates for auditions (and monologues) - to be held at The Caledon conference facilities in Caledon Street - will also be posted on the page.

The features Greeff is looking for to play the “Gordon Conway” character include tall, lean and being a pretty boy.

Filming process

The filming of Impervious Souls will take approximately a month whilst the editing will take up to five months. The film is expected to be released early 2017.

Greeff said his next movie, a romantic comedy, would also be filmed in Uitenhage.

This time the focus will mainly be on scholars from local schools who will be granted the opportunity to showcase their acting skills.

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