The Breed

In bed over the weekend with a bad back, I took the opportunity to catch up on a couple of movies Made in Cape Town.

The first – Wes Craven’s The Breed – was shot on Steenbras Dam, a beautiful stretch of water just over Sir Lowry’s Pass on the way out of town from Somerset West – where it was playing stand-in for an unnamed island somewhere off the coast of North America.

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Now I wasn’t expecting much from this film, and I wasn’t therefore disappointed. Five sketchily drawn friends (the good jock, the bad jock, the sporty girl, the ditzy blonde and the token black guy) de-camp to an isolated island off the coast, where they fall prey to a pack of super-intelligent killer sheepdogs. (I kid you not.)  It’s hardly great or ground-breaking film making, and it’s really, really hard to be scared by Belgian Shepherds.

Yet, in spite of the weak and sometimes inexplicable storyline, I thought Steenbras performed rather well. And SA actors Nick Boraine and Lisa Marie Schneider get their asses whumped early in the story line, which is always fun…..

Imbongi Awards

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The Cape Film Commission created the IMBONGI AWARDS in 2007. IMBONGI means Praise Singer, and the IMBONGI AWARDS are intended to sing the praises of the film sector in the Western Cape. The goal of the Imbongi Awards is to
• raise the industry’s profile
• recognise its achievements,
• reflect the complex, multi-level nature of the sector
• stimulate excellence throughout the value chain of a production.

To access Martin Cuff Consulting’s programme for the CFC’s Imbongi Awards, please click here

Cape Town cranks up Locations & Permitting

Cape Town has had a decade-long reputation as a thriving film hub with a “can do” attitude. However, this season, the sector has been hit by a number of locations management issues that industry insiders are calling a “crisis”. Following an Industry Locations meeting called on 6th December 2007, the Cape Film Commission has responded swiftly and positively:

 Lord of War  Made in Cape Town – Lord of War

Interventions include: Continue reading “Cape Town cranks up Locations & Permitting”

Kenya Film Commission visits South Africa

I’m pretty excited; the Kenyan Film Commission has been visiting on a fact finding mission in South Africa – and also to define a Terms of Reference for a consulting contract with Martin Cuff Consulting.

David Maingi took over as the CEO of the Kenya Film Commission just over a month ago, and has thrown himself headlong into the task of repositioning of both the Commission and the entire Kenyan film sector (a challenge made all the more difficult by the current political crisis in the country).

Fernando Meirelles on the Nairobi set of The Constant Gardener

I get the sense though, that Mr. Maingi is not the type to be easily daunted. His visit sought to unpack a range of insights and ideas from South Africa that could be applied back home in Kenya. Wendy-Leigh Boise at Martin Cuff Consulting assisted with planning and organising a packed schedule of meetings with key South African industry organisations, including the National Film and Video Foundation, the Cape and Gauteng Film Commissions, the Commercial Producers Organisation, the Stills Producers Association, Continue reading “Kenya Film Commission visits South Africa”

Imbongi Awards

CFC Logo
The Cape Film Commission created the IMBONGI AWARDS in 2007. IMBONGI means Praise Singer, and the IMBONGI AWARDS are intended to sing the praises of the film sector in the Western Cape. The goal of the Imbongi Awards is to
• raise the industry’s profile
• recognise its achievements,
• reflect the complex, multi-level nature of the sector
• stimulate excellence throughout the value chain of a production.

To access Martin Cuff Consulting’s programme for the CFC’s Imbongi Awards, please click here