‘This is how you change the world’: SA elated about Fergusons opening a film school
Aspirant actors, producers and filmmakers are celebrating after Shona Ferguson announced his family production company, Ferguson Films, is opening a school to groom young talent.
Making the announcement via Twitter on Thursday, Shona said the Ferguson Foundation, through which the school will operate, is committed to raising future leaders in the film industry and be a “ladder that offers a step up for our communities”.
“The Fergusons will set up a school that will educate and inspire upcoming film enthusiasts, and internships will be made available to deserving individuals. Our vision is to equip them with the tools they need to know about film production,” the company said.
Shona said the school will be a “bridge between aspiring film players and the opportunity to making those dreams a reality through equipping, educating and creating networks”.
Ferguson Films is owned by Shona and his wife Connie. Both are veteran actors and the brains behind several hit productions, including Rockville, Kings Of Joburg, The Queen and The Throne
The Ferguson Film School will be the bridge between aspiring film players and the opportunity to making those dreams a reality through equipping, educating and creating networks.— UNCLE SHO (@Shona_Ferguson) July 1, 2021
Stay tuned for more updates.#FergusonFoundation @Ferguson_Films #Film #Opportunity #TV #Growth
The announcement was met with hundreds of responses from young people who want to get into the industry and others who commended Ferguson Films for playing their part in opening up the entertainment industry.
This is how you change the world— Tortured_treasure ☁️ (@ZuluElimnyama) July 1, 2021
By making things happen for the young generation
Keep on shinning
This is a great initiative by Fergusons and should be greatly appreciated 🙌 this will take the South African film industry to greater heights and produce future film award winners! 🏆— Sthula (@Sthulaworldwide) July 1, 2021
May God bless you uncle Sho, I have always wished there was a way to reach out to you with a similar project idea.. we look up you and we love what you and your family are doing …— Ntokozo Mkhize (@LeBryan55) July 2, 2021
Last week, Shona opened up about how much he struggled to make it into the entertainment industry, his humble beginnings and living in poverty.
He said he went to Hollywood to pursue his acting career, but his aspirations were met by producers who told him he would not make a mark in the industry.
Here at home, fellow actors and industry colleagues also didn’t recognise his talent and said he was “overrated.” However, he persisted and years later, cofounded Ferguson Films and employs some of those same actors.