The whale caller

The Whale Caller

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The Whale Caller (2017)


Based on the novel by renowned South African author, Zakes Mda.

The seaside village of Hermanus is overrun with whale-watchers; foreign tourists determined to see whales in their natural habitat. But when the tourists have gone home, the Whale Caller lingers at the shoreline, wooing a whale he has named Sharisha with cries from a kelp horn.
When Sharisha fails to appear for weeks on end, the whale caller frets like a jealous lover, oblivious to the fact that the town drunk, Saluni, a woman who wears a silk dress and red stiletto heels, is infatuated with him.

The two misfits eventually fall in love. But each of them is ill equipped for romance, and their relationship suggests the deeper concern is not so much the fragility of love, but the fragility of life itself when one surrenders wholly to the foolish heart.


Lead Cast: Sello Maake & Amrain Ismail-Essop

Producers: Zola Maseko & Dylan Voogt

Supervising Producer: David Max Brown

Writers: Zola Maseko & Zakes Mda

Director: Zola Maseko

DOP: Miles Goodall

Production Design: Warren Gray & Bathini Stuurman

Costume Design: Julita De Wet

Make up Design: Nikkila Mann

Editor: Nic Goodwin

VFX Supervisor: George Webster / Loco VFX

Composer: Pops Mohamed

Production Companies: Black Roots Films & Stage 5 Films


Best African Film – Joburg Film Festival 2016