The short film, A Shot at the Big Time, is going into production


After a funding campaign on last year raised almost enough money to make the short version of Janet van Eeden’s feature film script A Shot at the Big Time, the short film is going into production on the 15th July. The director, Stephen de Villiers, is flying out from Australia especially to film the short, which is a precursor to the feature which will hopefully be funded soon.

A Shot at the Big Time, the Shot has been through many drafts and will be filmed in Ladysmith and around Pietermaritzburg. Some of the best actors, most notably Sean Michael from Cape Town, are in it. Michael’s impressive CV includes playing opposite Kiefer Sutherland in 24. He is flying in from Cape Town to play Staff Sergeant Van Staden. One of KZN’s most talented actors, Jacobus van Heerden, who was seen on television on SABC 1, in Fallen, as Peter Churchill recently, will play the role of Jimmy, the small-town rock star with a big time future, who is drafted into the army. Celebrated actor, Tim Wells, plays the role of Corporal Wiese. Local third year Drama student, TQ Zondi, plays the role of Petrus, Jimmy’s friend. Others in the cast include Caitlin Harrison as Jess, Cade White as young Jimmy, Livvy Henning as young Jess and Mapumelelo Maphumulo is young Petrus.

Direction is by Award Winning director, Stephen de Villiers, who is assisted by Durban Director of Photography Luke Pallett. Media Honours students from UKZN Pietermaritzburg will film an Electronic Press Kit to accompany the making of the film.

Original songs have been written by Jonathan Handley, of the eighties band Radio Rats. Incidental has been written by Simon Atwell of Freshly Ground and John McGuinnes.

The film makers still need extras for two key scenes. Young white males, who are prepared to cut their hair short for the scene, are required for an army training run. Teenage girls and boys are needed to be part of a crowd scene for the Town Hall Gig scene.

The film makers would also love to borrow a guitar made out of an oil tin if anyone has such an instrument.

The feature film has just been selected for the Durban FilmMart (a joint project between the Durban International Film Festival and the Durban Film Office) in July from many projects from Africa. A Shot at the Big Time will be up for consideration by international funders and distributors at this market. Producers Janet van Eeden and Magda Olchawska, from London, have been invited to meet with industry professionals, hopefully to establish co-production deals at the DFM.

“The budget we raised for the short film doesn’t quite cover production costs, so if there is anyone who would like to donate to this project, we would welcome more support.” says scriptwriter Janet van Eeden. “As everyone on this project is working for absolutely nothing, additional funds will go towards paying the actors and crew a minimum salary. More information about how to get involved is on please go to”

For more details email: or send an email via the above website. And anyone wanting to be an (unpaid) extra in the film should sms or phone 0828271948.

Sean cameron michael

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