By Kulani Nkuna
After a successful run on M-Net and Showmax, the popular star-studded TV series Trackers enters “black twitter’s” critical purview via Mzansi Magic on April 5.
However, the central ingredient pivotal to Trackers’ narrative authority cannot be argued with.
The layers found in the visual text of this five-episode thriller comprises of espionage, class, terrorism, race relations, personal turmoil and action galore.
Based on Deon Meyer’s novel of the same title, the production quality immediately captures the eye, prompting the viewer to put down their phone and focus on the moving images on the screen.
“This production was a truly collaborative effort in the truest sense of the word,” says M-Net commissioning editor, Kaye Ann Williams.
“Our partners from all over the world were in constant communication with us and involved in every step of the way. Every script decision had to go through our partners, every shot and episode had to be approved by all the parties involved.”
But perhaps before the story or a single word of dialogue is uttered, the cinematography confirms that Trackers is a quality production. The discerning viewer can usually establish this within seconds of a television show or film.
By the middle of the pilot episode we have some idea of the world of the story and genre.
The series tracks an elite intelligence unit that works around the clock to counter a terrorist attack that is plotted from an apartment in Bo Kaap in Cape Town.
The plot thickens when the head of the unit, Janina Mentz, played by Sandi Schultz, and the lead detective Quinn Makebe, played by Thapelo Mokoena, come to realise that their main enemy is an unlikely figure, and that nobody can be trusted.
The cinematography is exquisitely captured by containing Cape Town’s vast scenic expanse, which results in maintaining the story’s deeply personal thread.
South Africa’s thespians did not disappoint in this multinational production which included learned film hands from Germany, England, the Netherlands and the United States.
It was a production process like no other, and the results are evident on the screen.
“And if there were any story disputes, which were rare, Deon had the final say as the originator of the story. We had not worked like that before and I am happy that our capabilities are of a world class standard.”
While the Covid-19 pandemic changes the world around us as we know it, streaming platforms are set to become even more competitive as citizens are confined to their homes.
“Trackers set the standard for us and our future high end productions must follow from this book in terms of story, production quality, performance and editing,” Williams continues.
“I can’t wait for it to be on Mzansi Magic and to hear Black Twitter’s views on the show. The story is so compelling that it can hold its own on various platforms anywhere in the world and at any time. It is relevant and timeous.
“Stylistically, it is ideal for binge watching during these difficult times in the world because every episode is a cliff-hanger, so you will want to keep on watching and see what happens in the next episode.”
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