East London movie hit by financial woes

PLAYING DEAD: Cast and crew filming '360 Degrees - A Sacrifice' outside Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in Mdantsane Picture: STEPHANIE LLOYD -
PLAYING DEAD: Cast and crew filming ‘360 Degrees – A Sacrifice’ outside Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in Mdantsane Picture: STEPHANIE LLOYD –

The South African movie 360 Degrees – A Sacrifice, which was shot around East London last year, has not yet seen the light.

It has been a year since the crew arrived in the city to film the movie, but there is still no word about when it will premiere.

Filming was expected to be done by late January last year and 360 Degrees was expected to make its premiere in August.

Producer Luthuli Dlamini said last year there were financial problems, but shooting would finish by last month.

Wandile Molebatsi, one of the lead actors, said the movie was not yet complete.

“We were told we would finish shooting [in about] February. We didn’t do any work [in] December.”

He was not sure when filming would start again.

Buffalo City communications manager Keith Ngesi said he had last spoken to the producer in August.

“[Dlamini] told us they were in postproduction but had some financial problems with the main sponsor.”

Ngesi said he had received a movie trailer in August.

Television producer and writer Vukile Pokwana doubted that the movie would ever see the light.

“These people did not have a clear plan [for] what they wanted to do.

“You cannot go on location without a post-production schedule. These people were all over the city,” he said.

He said filmmakers sent out a scout before going on location.

“That guy [Dlamini] ran out of money while they were out on location,” Pokwana said

Poliswa Plaatjie

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