HISTORY OF FILM IN SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa has a rich film history, spanning over 100 years.
Today, we have a multi-million-rand industry boasting incredibly diverse talent. Take a look at our timeline to discover some of the fascinating moments in our history.
1890s – First Kinetoscope in South Africa opened to the public in April 1985 in Johannesburg.
1910s – Schlesinger established African Film Productions Ltd, Africa’s first motion picture studio in Johannesburg.
1920s – The first trailers (advertisements for forthcoming screenings) started to appear.
1930s – “The African Mirror” previously silent, was given sound – the first introduction of sound in motion picture.
1940s – Cecil Kellaway became the first South African to be nominated for an Academy award.
1950s – Jamie Uys “Daar Doer in Bosveld”, South Africa’s first colour film was released.
1960s – “The Hellions” was South Africa’s first Western and co-production between South Africa, Britain and USA.
1970s – Simon Sabela’s “U’Deliwe” was the first local movie directed by a person of colour.
1980s – Video cassette recorders were introduced into the market allowing home viewing.
1990s – “Sarafina” directed by David James Roodt, was released.
2000s – “Mr.Bones” was released becoming the highest grossing SA movie ever.
2010s – “Skoonheid” was awarded the Queer Palm Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
2020s – “Queen Sono” Africa’s first Netflix Original airs.