There Are No Heroes In Future Cape Town
There Are No Heroes is a 48-minute science fiction film being shot in Cape Town. It is has been adapted from a cyberpunk short story called Land Of The Blind by Charlie Human; that was based on Lauren Beukes’ cult novel Moxyland and subsequently published in her international award-winning novel Zoo City in 2010.
Set in future Cape Town several years after the meltdown of a nuclear power plant, the film follows Drew, a young single-mother and factory worker, who must fight to survive in this dystopian future ruled by a sinister pharmaceutical company, DARCORP. This cautionary tale takes a fresh look at many issues current in today’s world such as nuclear power plant development, privatisation, corrupt healthcare systems and the political climate of South Africa.
It is the latest offering from post-graduate students at the Cape Town branch of the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, or more commonly known as AFDA. The film school became world-renowned in 2006, when it won an Oscar at the 33rd Annual Student Academy Awards for its short film; Elalini and more recently had a nomination for a short film called Wamkelekile in 2009.
There Are No Heroes was adapted for screen by the Co-Producer / Director Kyle Stevenson and the Editor Donald Leitch; in consultation with NFVF script editor Philip Roberts, who directed the 1996 film Flame that won numerous international awards, as well as having scripted internationally acclaimed South African feature films such as The Flyer and The Bird Can't Fly.
The cast assembled by this young director, includes up and coming actress Chanel Smit in the lead role of Drew. Marty Kintu whose début came in the 2008 FOX production of the 24 (Season 7 Prequel) and who has had roles in numerous theatre productions. This rounded off with seasoned actor Sean Cameron Michael whose 25 year long acting career includes multi award-winning South African features The Gospel of Matthew, Confessions of a Gambler and Faith Like Potatoes by director Regardt van den Bergh; as well as numerous BBC, Discovery, NBC, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros productions.
The cast is supported by Celeste Matthews, best known for her performance as Sophia in Suip! – where she received a Fleur du Cap Award, and Joe Vaz whose most recent work includes Death Race: Frankenstein Lives, Lost Boys: The Thirst, 10,000 BC and Starship Troopers 3: Marauder.
This film is a co-production between director Kyle Stevenson and independent producers MaggieJane Leitch, who has produced work for Green Renaissance, and Brigitte Stanford, who was acting head producer at Dirty Soul Productions. Being made on a micro-budget, much of the time and equipment has been sponsored to these young energetic filmmakers.
“We were given the opportunity to extend the film from 24 minutes to 48 minutes and decided that the story would be better told in this format.”, said Kyle Stevenson, “Unfortunately even with all the great sponsorship there just isn’t enough budget left to complete the extended film.”
The film needs an extra R20 000 to be completed and so they have decided to use the pioneering crowd-funding website IndieGoGo to raise the additional funds, where the audience contributes to a film they want made. There Are No Heroes is yet to raise the full amount and is still looking for the audience members willing to invest from as little as R50.
The all-South African post-graduate crew include cinematography new-comers Gareth Place and Nina Slabber who recently received the Bronze Award for Excellence in the Craft of Filmmaking at the international KODAK Student Scholarship Program for her third-year film CAKE. Aimee Vogelsang heads up the wardrobe and make-up department, having written articles for local design magazine One Small Seed. Sound department is run by John Claassens’, whose company Flame Six has worked on numerous television productions by the SABC, Mnet and BBC. While the Visual Effects department is overseen by talented visual effects artist Royston Michaels, who was a digital artist on The Scorpion King: Rise of a Warrior and has used his talents on numerous commercials.
Once completed There Are No Heroes is set to screen at the Annual AFDA Film Festival at Cinema Nouveau in Cavendish Square (Cape Town) and Rosebank Mall (Johannesburg) in late November this year, after which it will be sent to several local and international film festivals.
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Issued by Kyle Stevenson