While under the national lockdown at her parents home in Cape Town, Channel24 caught up with actress Schelaine Bennett over Zoom, to talk about her role on Lockdown Heights - an IGTV series filmed under lockdown about the lockdown.
The concept behind Lockdown Heights is unlike anything else available online at the moment. Written by Ayanda Makayi, Bradley Olivier, Kirsten Mohammad and Letuka Dlamini, the actors film their scenes from their homes, and it's then later edited to create a cohesive 10-minute episode.
While unable to physically be on set and while located in different cities, the actors use camera angles, and clever editing to create the illusion that the actors are in the same room, laying in bed together or embroiled in a heated confrontation!
WHAT IT'S ABOUT:
With the entire world under lockdown due to the on-going spread of Covid-19, Johannesburg residents of an apartment complex, struggle to adhere to government restrictions and their lives are intertwined through scandalous affairs, murder and dangerous secrets.
Schelaine, who is most recognised for her roles as Zoë Phillips in Generations: The Legacy and Claudette Roberts in Isidingo: The Need, takes on the role of Tamara. The free-spirted Tamara, who is Damian's (Clint Brink) younger sister, is still working through the trauma of almost losing her life in a car accident, where she spent 6-months in ICU.
The 34-year-old, whose current international projects include her portraying Eve in Amazon Prime's Good Omens, talks Channel24 through the intriguing concept behind Lockdown Heights, and the inner-workings behind bringing the impressive feat to fruition.
WATCH EPISODE ONE HERE:
New episodes of Lockdown Heights are available on IGTV weeknights at 20:30.