Local talent seen in movie filmed in town

2018-09-27 06:01
Executive producer Willem Greeff behind the camera at a scene of the movie Impervious Soul which was filmed in Uitenhage. The premiere will be at Strelitzia school hall tomorrow evening at 19:00.        Photo:SUPPLIED

Executive producer Willem Greeff behind the camera at a scene of the movie Impervious Soul which was filmed in Uitenhage. The premiere will be at Strelitzia school hall tomorrow evening at 19:00. Photo:SUPPLIED

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THE red carpet will be rolled out for the premiere of the crime drama Impervious Souls which was filmed in Uitenhage, with nearly the full cast made up of locals.

Executive producer, director, writer, cameraman and actor Willem Greeff from Dark Ripple Productions, said the underlying theme of the movie is that “the short route to success is not a route mapped out, but a highway to the underworld full of conflict, drama, treason and self-destruction.”

Greeff, a former Brandwag pupil, returned to his home town for the shooting of this movie. Prior to this he has spent nearly a decade in Miami as well as in Italy, Switzerland and various other countries.

Most recently he played the leading role in the Afrikaans movie Gebore Talente, together with Angelique Gerber (Potgieter), Bouwer Bosch and Renier Weideman.

“It was decided to host the Impervious Souls premiere at Strelitzia school hall, as we are expecting between 450 to 500 people to come and watch the first screening of it,” said Greeff.

“The whole movie was filmed in Uitenhage with scenes at familiar businesses and places in town and there will be many known faces.”

The filming cast consisted of 85 persons who voluntarily joined the production team, knowing that there wouldl be no financial benefit in it for them. Some of the locals to be seen in action on the big screen include Elmor Senekal, Gertjie de Jager, Arno Muller, Brendan “Mao” Josephs, Sher van Staden, Francois Krantz and Geraldine Palmer.

“The production process took 14 months. It was way longer than we planned and resulted in us twisting the original script, which was a good thing. The duration of the movie is 1 hour and 40 minutes.”

Greeff said it was absolutely amazing how the people of Uitenhage embraced and allowed them to do their shoots. Most of the actors were also involved in the technical aspects of the movie, like “Mao” who is an expert with sound and Palmer who is a make-up artist.

“The talent in Uitenhage is mind-blowing. Most of the characters have never acted before, but their eagerness, input and skills were fascinating and all added to the success of the filming process.

What is inspiring is that some of them have, as a result of being part of the filming, decided to do photography and even study acting.

“We basically had no budget for the movie, but looking at the end result, in my opinion it can just as well be a Hollywood production,” said Greeff.

Impervious Souls has an age restriction of 16 years, owing to the language used.

“The audience will definitely be going through variable emotions in watching the movie. There will be lots of scary moments, sad scenes as well as funny incidents, but in no way will they be able to predict what will happen at the end,” said Geeff.

Greeff said they are consulting with Indigenous Film Distribution in Cape Town for possible screening of Impervious Souls.

“It is a lengthy and complicated process, but we hope for the best.”

  • The premiere of Impervious Souls will be screened tomorrow evening at 19:00. The doors open at 18:00 and tickets are R50 per person. An after party will be held at Vintage. For information or tickets contact Willem Greeff at 079 813 5509.

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