The whale caller
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