It’s been just over ten days since Mzansi Magic’s new telenovela, DiepCity, premiered on our screens and the show is already a hit with viewers.
The show explores the struggle of four young women (Nox, Asanda, Sne and Lerato), who are trying to make their way in the world. These disillusioned young women were forced into crime while in high school, just to make ends meet in the poverty-stricken community of Diepsloot.
TRUELOVE had the pleasure of visiting the set of the telenovela to see how the production of the show comes together.
When watching the show, some would wonder if the actors had to be moved to a different location when shooting the scenes in the squatter camps we see them appear in. However, this is not the case because the whole set was created on 40 000 square meters of land on a plot right in the middle of the leafy surburb of Roodepoort in Johannesburg.
“The whole production is based here. Our art department had to build everything from scratch and create a real Diepsloot environment right here. This process took seven full weeks where everyone worked every day to create the set you see on television,” Mpumi Nhlapho, executive director at Black Brain pictures and the producer of the show told us.
Although they could not shoot in the actual township of Diepsloot due to the traffic, noise and other factors that exist there, they still wanted to portray the real feel of Diepsloot. This is according to Mandla N, the show’s director and co-founder of Black Brain Pictures.
“Once the writing process of the story was done, we had to find a way to make the set feel and look as real as possible,” he began explaining.
“So we went to Diepsloot and we looked at it, took a lot of pictures and walked around to see the different textures of the shacks and how they were built. And then we brought in a team of 5 truck drivers who went into Diepsloot and we got the whole community to bring us all their scraps. We bought all their scraps, materials that they didn’t use, old furniture and old corrugated iron. We didn’t want new corrugated iron because it wouldn’t have the texture that we wanted. We filled up those 5 trucks with all the things we bought and brought them all to this land so that we could assemble everything and seven weeks later, the cast of DiepCity could come and shoot here,” he said.
Let’s take a behind-the-scenes look at the set:
The Jele Family home
Bra Elliot’s House
Nox’s car workshop
The Police station
Fistos and Sne’s home
Behind the scenes