Marycate Masilela – Hollywood mastered their craft, we can’t do it better than them but we can always do us

Thiru NJune 4, 20166min70

Meet Marycate Masilela, the creator of E’bioscope Her friends call her Peaches. She studied film at AFDA Johannesburg… [MM] I remember walking in those gates I thought I was going to be a director (she laughs) quickly how that changed. Yet my passion for film started when I was a toddler, without knowing my parents encouraged it when they replaced the baby sitters with the cinema (It’s best place to keep your child occupied and know where they are at the same time) while they spent their time at the casino, (laughs) good times. I spent the whole day watching blockbuster films, sometimes repeating, I always new the latest movies.

Radio was a coincidence in the sense that I’m from a small town and when my mom past, I decided to move back home to keep my papa company. I thought it would be a great advantage for me to focus on shooting my first documentary. The station programme manager for BCR Radio heard about me. He offered for me to be on radio and create a show about films. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity, to produce and host my own show.

The show became a partnership between my production company Dlambili productions and the station. Most people don’t even think South Africa has a film industry. They hear about the big films, which are circulating on the cinema and only if they have been marketed well but the greater South African audiences are unaware of the small independent films that are on festivals or need votes for awards.

We need to create a culture where people go to cinema and festivals and support local films. This is important because the production company’s will make more films relevant to South Africa and stop imitating a Hollywood storyline here, no one wants to watch that. Hollywood mastered their craft, we can’t do it better than them but we can always do us.

[ZI] What challenges have you faced putting the E’bioscope show together and how long has the show been running?

[MM] The show aired for the first time during the last the week of October 2015. I was nervous and unfortunately my nerves took over my logic of speaking normally… I didn’t approach the radio as if I was speaking to friends. Basically it went south (laughs) but now I’m easy on the microphone.

The challenge was creating the feel of the show. I didn’t want it to be a film review, then play the trailer, and then rate the film: its been done! I added the hip hop blends in the back ground the live interviews and covering of festivals even being comfortable to make the show bilingual with English and Siswati. The show is conversational and is between my guest and I.

[ZI] Who was your favourite filmmaker to interview?

[MM] Ernest Nkosi, producer and director of Thina Sobabili. He’s a fan of good storytelling. By watching his film you could tell that he withdraws from his own life, and was honest enough to share with me, on E’bioscope, the two leading characters where inspired by his own childhood with his sister. His craft is real and relevant for the South African audience to watch.

[ZI] What is your most memorable interview?

[MM] Recently the director of Safe Bet announced on E’bioscope that his film was going to play on SAA in June. Which was an exclusive for us.

[ZI] Who’s your filmmaker crush?

[MM] Cute question…

[ZI] Where do you see our local film industry in the next 15 years?

[MM] I think South Africa is at an advantage right now, more and more Hollywood and Bollywood productions are shot here in South Africa. Meaning our industry is booming, all we need to ensure is that we are producing South African content the world wants to see.