“Walk on to a typical film set at lunch to see all you need to know about the South African industry,” says Zandile Tisani, a University of Cape Town film and media graduate who made her directorial debut in 2012 on Zaki Ibrahim’s Go With It music video.
At the time she was a freelance stylist working on films and commercials. “There are a few tokens and exceptions but usually there’s a table for the directors and producers – white men. The art department and wardrobe, usually white women, will sit together. Then your manpower and muscle, the grips, are black men at another table. You’d find me at the white table feeling awkward as hell. That’s the reality.”
At the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) Indaba held last year, the then arts and culture minister, Paul Mashatile, said: “There is a need to fast-track transformation in the sector with regard to ownership of production companies. We must also continue to invest in the development of skills required by the industry.”
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