It’s no secret that South Africa’s film industry is rooted in Johannesburg and Cape Town. But what few people know is that there is a budding industry in the Eastern Cape, with Port Elizabeth establishing itself as a television production and training hub, poised to take on the big boys.
Starting this Saturday, 5 January, 2013, the secret will be out, when a 13-part series showcasing established and emerging filmmakers in Nelson Mandela Bay and surrounds goes on community television channel, BayTV. The series, aptly entitled Film@Bay, will be flighted at 20:00 on Saturdays, with repeat broadcasts at 10:30 on Sundays and 16:00 on Mondays. BayTV is now also available to a national audience on channel 260 on DStv.
Among the established filmmakers featured on Film@Bay are the award-winning film director David Lister and renowned film producer André Scholtz. Other guests interviewed on the show include Andrew Mackenzie, Creative Director at Boomtown Strategic Brand Agency; Richard Ahlfeldt, Managing Director of Rooftop Productions; Mike Vincent of Jasmine Films; Paul Ruschenbaum, owner of 4×4 Adventure Videos; emerging television director, Siviwe Besman, and Prof Jean Greyling and Dr Dieter Vogts of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
The series also features short films produced emerging filmmakers and provides filmmaking tips for those interested in entering the industry.
Film@Bay’s Executive Producer is Denise Roodt, owner of The Media Workshop, a media production and training company based in Port Elizabeth.