Salamina Mosese and Stephina Zwane spoke to the Trending SA panel on Tuesday, 16 October 2018, about the difficulties of filmmaking in South Africa.
Salamina Mosese and Stephina Zwane have been working in the South African film industry since their adolescence as actors and presenters. They are now the co-owners of Sorele Media Company and have co-produced two feature films, including the newly released Baby Mamas.
On Tuesday, 16 October, the filmmaking duo spoke to the Trending SA panel about the film and the challenges that they have identified within the South African film market.
Here is a summary of what Mosese and Zwane said:
Trending SA host Musa Mthombeni first asked about the writing of the film. Zwane explained that she wrote the film, saying, “I wrote this film… we wanted to tell African stories, through Africans, and to just share our perspective as women. Especially, on a topic such as ‘baby mamas’, that is so often told from a guy’s perspective… we wanted to put that topic onto the table and open it up for discussion.”
Kuli Roberts then asked the two filmmakers what their personal expectations of the film had been. Mosese answered, saying, “We were nervous, [we still are]. South African audiences are hit and miss sometimes… When we got into DIFF (Durban International Film Festival), and we knew we would be showing it to South African audiences for the first time, which was in July, that for us was nerve-wrecking.”
Zwane later added, “We haven’t been necessarily receiving the level of support we all had been hoping for…we live in a country that is overexposed to Hollywood, which we forget is also a local industry…we need to get to a place as country, where we support our local industry that much.”
Watch the full interview here
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