We all have our favourite film directors that keep us locked at the screen and going to any film they touch, but from a technical side we start to identify similar traits which define their greatness. So while browsing the web I discovered this amazing supercut of Quentin Tarantino by Jacob T. Swinney, providing us the opportunity to view and analyse Tarantino’s blood, sound in film, driving shots and extreme close-up scenes. Check out the awesome super-cut below…
A woman marries an abusive, violent man, who cheats on her with a woman he introduces to his wife as a sister-in-law. The wife, Alice, gets frustrated and in one of his violent attacks on her, she kills him in self-defence. She is acquitted of the case. Her co-wife, Viola, bewitches her, unleashing charms that make Alice unable to leave her house. Worse still, her husband’s ghost returns to haunt her from within, seeking revenge. Unable to go outside, haunted from inside, the movie tells the events of Alice’s struggle to get her life back.
While browsing the web, I came across a headline that read “Uganda’s Tarantino…” which immediately shifted my focus and I decided to read further. After reading it, I was left amazed, inspired and completely bewildered by what Ugandan film director Isaac Nabwana, was able to achieve with his $200 viral feature films.
Isaac Nabwana is the master mind behind Ramon Film Productions located in Wakaliga, a slum on the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda. It is in this exact location where self-taught filmmaker Isaac Nabwana has developed his art form and shot 40 low budget action films, each costing around $200 to make.
To make things even more unbelievable, Isaac’s films have gone viral, building a considerable following of film enthusiasts who love his work. His followers had been so mesmerized, that Lake Placid Film Festival Programme director Alan Hoffmanis packed up his things in the United States of America, to join Isaac in Uganda.“In the West when you have no money, you shoot two people having a conversation… You don’t make a war film” says Alan Hoffmanis.
So, I decided to watch the trailer of “Who Killed Captain Alex?” punted as Uganda’s first action film. The trailer had me bursting out with laughter, making me think of action comedy film “Hot Shots” the parody of the blockbuster film “Top Gun”. Starting off with a child’s voice over announcing the production company (Ramon Film Productions), what I was seeing was remarkable, computer generated helicopters bombing buildings, replicas of machine guns welded from scrap metal, carved bullets from wood and loads more to leave you in awe.
In the case of Isaac Nabwana, with a volunteer cast, lack of money, equipment and facilities, it is pure passion that gets a film made in Wakaliga, also known as “Wakaliwood”. The action films have a comedic twist to them, “I include comedy, there was no comedy in the violence I witnessed” says Isaac Nabwana.
To counter the distribution problem, the crew and cast work for free, but get to keep 50% of the profits for any DVD they sell. The films can sell for up to 3 000 shillings or 1 dollar, but they only have one week to sell them before the films become pirated. We do man-to-man or door-to-door all over the country to sell them…” says Nabwana.
From “Hollywood”, “Bollywood” and “Nollywood”, its clear that “Wakaliwood” will soon be the new kids on the block and a force to be reckoned with. Isaac Nabwana is testament that with passion and innovation anything is possible . For more information on Isaac Nabwana’s films click here
Why are we doing an article about a UK Jazz band? Well, the award winning UK Jazz Band Sons of Kemet had decided to work with South African born Mandarin speaking, Director, Lebogang Rasethaba, who found his African roots in china andwho was also responsible for direction of Spoek Mathmbo’s “Future Sound of Mzansi”
This music video “In the Castle of My Skin” was shot in TembisaJohannesburg and features the Indigenous Dance Academy’s pantsula dancers as a black-tie orchestra, conducted by choreographer Jarrel Mathebula. It’s a study in contrasts: a convergence of the chaotic energy of pantsula with the controlled sophistication of an orchestra.
“Pantsula and jazz aren’t things that people were ever meant to see together; they both have rich histories with very different cultural and aesthetic values,” says Lebo. “But framing ideas within a different context can give them new life.”
The timing of this edit was on point except the editor used cutaways of the same dance sequence, shot in the same location but from different times of the day. It would have been beautiful to see a natural progression of the day throughout the exceptional choreography and performance.
It’s fantastic to see the music come alive, through Pantsula dancers echoing a jazz ochestrae. huge shoutout to our local South African dancers and choreographer!
From flawless performances to mesmerizing and beautiful landscapes – “The forgotten Kingdom” is a well-executed film of an excellent stature.
It’s no surprise! The independent feature film snatched three at The African Movie Academy Awards!
Carlos Carvalho for Best Cinematography;
Michael Botha and Charlotte Buys for Best Sound Design; and
Lebohang Ntsane for Best Child Actor.
Ntsane’s acceptance speech was the highlight of AMAA 2014. At the microphone in front of 3,000 people, he held up his trophy and belted out, “This is for Lesotho!”
This 98-minute film is no blockbuster moneymaking cash cow… Andrew Mudge realized from conception, at the beginning of his 9-year journey but pursued it anyway. The only sensible conclusion one can come to – he did it for the love of film, to be drawn into the life of a character so much so, that you are encapsulated by scenery and character.
While Mudge has no kids of his own, he believes, “Making a feature film is akin to having a kid”. He goes onto to say “we only have a certain number of heart beats, why waste time…”
Here’s an interview with Andrew Mudge the writer, director, and part producer of The Forgotten Kingdom
What is your moral premise and you overarching goal within this 98minute film?
It’s interesting that within the film the antagonist is more than a character it seems to belong to the greater plot…please elaborate.
How did you select your cast? What was it like working with amateur and professional actors while working from a foreign language script?
Why did you choose to set this film in Lesotho and Johannesburg?
This is your first feature film… what was that journey like?
Thank you Andrew Mudge for being part of Africa’s 1st Film Blog
“Share your experience and journey with us on taking iNumber Number from creation to it’s manifestation on screen…”
“From a writer’s perspective who’s not typically associated with ‘gangsters’ and have not experienced that culture first hand, nor are you ‘black’. We know you took inspiration from Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs and made it your own in terms of a South African action cultural piece… Where you anxious at all, where you nervous about doing it right?”
“You mentioned Israel Makoe is a real life (ex) gangster; he played a big part in the iNumber Number film – What was it like working with him?”
“There are lots of villains in this film, making iNumber Number pretty enticing. I mean we don’t know whether to like the characters or throw stones at them – this moral dilemma is what makes for a really great film. Having the audience question their own morals and integrity is something many South African’s and people in general, from around the world, encounter, please elaborate…”
Thank you Donovan Marsh for being part of Africa’s 1st Film Blog