A renowned local film director and producer, Nyikiwe Mathye from Nkowa-Nkowa and nine other well-known South African television minds are expected to bring Hollywood to Polokwane through their newly established film and television academy which is expected to start operating in the city soon.
The team includes Luthuli Dlamini, actor and producer, Pearl Shongwe, television and radio broadcaster, Ziggy Hoffmeyr, music video director and editor, Kalumbu Kapisa, director and writer, Bonga Percy Vilakazi, scriptwriter, Ofentse Mwase, cinematographer, Crispin Stopforth, video editor and digital artist, Enver Samuel, director and South African Film and Television Awards (Safta) judge, and Lesiamo Khoali, content strategist and expert.
According to Mathye, the academy will offer 11 courses that include film and television production, scriptwriting, directing, producing, cinematography, studio and location lighting and sound. He said it aimed to empower and skill young people in the art of television, especially in communities without opportunities or exposure to the industry.
“We are basically bringing Hollywood to Polokwane. The television industry is growing but it is more saturated in Gauteng. There are many young people with ambitions of making it in the industry and we are hoping the academy can unearth the next generation of film makers and producers,” he explained.
The talented creatives have collectively worked on a range of local and international productions, it was learnt. Mathye highlighted that the team’s collective industry experience was their biggest strength for the academy as they have worked in various spheres of television and have contributed to the South African art of visual storytelling.
He confirmed that a number of people have already shown interest and that only 25 spaces were available for the one year courses.
Story: ENDY SENYATSI