It’s just one more week till the CineMacabre. How time flies!
If you live in Cape Town and don’t know anything about this event, then you seriously need to pay more attention to what is happening around you. It’s going to be one to remember. A two hour feast of exquisitely dark and macabre short films and other creations.
Time: 19:45 (for 20:00)
Place: Labia Theatre on Orange – Main cinema downstairs
If you would like to reserve seats, please phone the Labia Theatre at 021 424 5927. The reservation will be payable on the night, if you have reserved and don’t show up the tickets will go on sale again before the show starts.
Alternatively you can go directly to the Labia Theatre from today onwards to buy a ticket at their box office.
HOW THIS CAME TO BE:
It all started a couple of months ago … we were approached by a fellow South African filmmaker, Ric Shields to help set up a screening of his short movie ‘Bloodrush’. Out of this grew an event which will showcase some of the most Macabre, dark and strange short films around, along with a great music video.
‘Bloodrush’ was shot in Sydney, Australia, and completed over the space of three years. It’s a very interesting take on the Urban Vampire full of memorable moments.
A good friend of his, Mark Jackson will be showing his short film ‘Die Hel’. Which was shown at Grahamstown a few years ago. A very moody, very South African short film, set in the Karroo.
Along with these two great shorts, you’ll get to see two Flamedrop Productions films.
The new Terminatryx “Obsession” music video which will be premiering at the event.
‘Marked’ a short film which features great special effects make-up.
We will be screening three of our latest films namely: Anna, Jornada Del Muerto and Onrusbarend.
Set in a typical rural South African setting, Anna tells the story of a lonely couple who meet on a deserted road on their way to Cape Town. An unfortunate event leads them to spending a night together in a creepy small town hotel. A night of unbearable horror lies ahead, as a cycle of pleasure and pain comes to its blood conclusion.
Documenting the emotional melström of an unfortunate woman. Onrusbarend is an unsettling story filled with Lovecraftian, South African and biblical references, hinting at the process of inception, birth and finally propagation of a meme. Onrusbarend starts with a narration by Esté Kira and won the South African Shnit Realtime festival 2011. It was filmed and edited over three consecutive days.
Jornada Del Muerto
A travelogue through the mind of an unknown solder, Jornada del Muerto invites it’s viewers to stroll through spectral landscapes of hidden beauty. It explores the personal tragedy of dying, with symbolic comparison to the first nuclear explosions which ended WW2. Delving into the relationship between love and death, Jornada del Muerto is full of archetypal characters and subtle humor. Surreal situations with small bursts of animation help drive this unconventional story forward. Jornada del Muerto remains very open to subjective interpretation, while not compromise it’s narrative element.
One way to know that you’re really busy is when a day ago seems like a distant memory. And that’s how I know that the BlackMilk team are extremely busy. We all agree that it seems like at least a month and not three measly days ago that we were standing in the rain filming the first shot of our latest short film … And believe it or not, the edit is done! Yes, grading, sound and everything!
You’ll be able to see the film on Sunday, October 9, at the Labia Theatre on Orange Street at 8pm as part of the shnit shortfilmfestival & shnit Real Time Competition, which will be judged by the audience, so please join us.
This all came into being about three weeks ago, while editing “Anna” (which is yet to be publicly screened, stay tuned!). We were honoured to be approached by the organisers of the Cape Town shnit shortfilmfestival to shoot a short film with a daunting time restriction. The film has to be completed within three days and they gave us a theme as well. The Cape of Storms, a theme we were allowed to warp in any way we wanted to.
Adamastor, the raging Greek titan was mentioned in the brief as well and his special mythical significance to the Cape storms and Table Mountain.
Ronnie and myself spent many hours working on the script, going back and forth with various ideas. Each time the story seemed too obvious, too predictable. We wanted to create a story that resonated with us, that would ignite the spark we both feel drives us towards the end of the various projects we create.
When writing, we often take the other two members of BlackMilk into consideration and this was no different. We wonder whether they will enjoy creating our vision. Will it be challenging enough for them but at the same time doable? Leon is very good at knowing if something is possible, and is very pragmatic. We often discuss key technical issues with him before finalising the script.
After creating at least ten possible options and stumbling through the quagmire of many dead ends, we came face to face with a creature summoned up from the darkest depths of our collected psyche … Which Esté soon named “Onrusbarend”.
Built from myths, dreams and distant memories, “Onrusbarend” has many references, most personal, many biblical and some very South African. Many were created intentionally; others on some deeper level which we only discovered while filming.
We knew from the start that we wanted it to begin with a narration. A voice which would subconsciously inform viewers about what was happening behind the costume and props of basic narrative. We immediately knew Esté was the right person to write this. And she didn’t disappoint. After trying various narrators we realised the voice viewers would hear must be hers.
Giving faces to the characters in a story was another daunting task, but we knew who we wanted to cast from the start. Jessica is an awesome actress and we worked so well with her on “Anna”. She had all the qualities we wanted and we were very relieved when she said yes to the role. I doubt we would have been able to find another actress as talented as her and willing to perform under the physical conditions the role demanded, especially on such short notice.
Planning is everything, and with a single day to film a complex tale, it’s doubly important to try have everything worked out to the ”T”. This isn’t always possible and there were a few small hiccups, mostly unavoidable… Some of them not and noted as errors, not to be made again.
But through the storm of shot lists, props and gaffer tape we sailed towards the final shot, then beyond, everyone manning their various stations and helping out where they can and with great success.
We’re looking forward to showing you our creation. We hope it’ll make you stop, feel and think or, in the very least, give you a moment of entertainment. Don’t forget to put October 9 into your diaries. See you at 8pm on Sunday evening at the Labia Theatre on Orange Street. Click here for the Facebook event.
All photos by Lohan Koegelenberg