In my few short years being exposed to South Africa’s film industry, Vlokkie Gordon was one of the first people I was assigned to contact for information. Four years down the line, and she is as busy, and even more of an industry leader, having played key roles in the development not only of the local film industry, but in the international film sector’s involvement and interest in shooting in our country. Her credits include the recent biblical epic Samson, which wrapped principal photography in May, as well as Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom starring Idris Elba, Jamillah and Aladdin, Black Sails Season 1, and the Labyrinth miniseries. We caught up for a chat over coffee in Stellenbosch near the setting of Pure Flix’s upcoming film Samson.
We finished principal photography in the first week of May, and it went very, very well. I think they’re very happy and the production value for money, as always, is exceptional. As a company they’ve never shot outside the US and also they’re a very fast-growing company and have their own mini studio so in a sense, they are also trying to build relationships in order to create a workflow for the projects they have in the pipeline.
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