Double triumph at silver screen

Christi Cloete -- Tue, 08/12/2014 - 14:10

Double triumph at silver screen

Not just one. But two!

The entries of two video students of the NWU were selected to be screened at the national kykNET Silver Screen Festival to be held in Cape Town in August.

Carla Henriët's story on rock engravings at Driekopseiland near Kimberley, and Marcell le Grange's documentary on the derelict buildings of Putsonderwater, will be screened on 27 August at The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay.

Both students completed their Masters degree in Communication Practice with distinction. The videos is part of the projects for this career oriented degree.

Henriët's Cracking the Code – Making Meaning of Driekopseiland investigates the origin and meaning of the more than 4 000 drawings on the banks of the Riet River. Scientists and artists have been trying to find the meaning of these geometrical petroglyphs for decades.

Putsonderwater – Bouvalle met Stories by Marcell le Grange is a nostalgic retrospection of the spooky hamlet which once won awards for being the most beautiful railway station. It is situated between Groblershoop and Kenhardt in the Northern Cape.

Le Grange tracked down some of the ex-residents and they tell of the days when this station was the centre of life on Putsonderwater.

Respected experts in the industry examined the videos and were impressed with the overall professionalism of the productions.

Both students currently work in the video industry. Le Grange is a digital media developer at the NWU's D-Media division in Potchefstroom, and Henriët is a producer/editor at TBN Africa in East London.

Their study leader, prof. Attie Gerber, is utterly proud of these two students and he believes that they are reaping the fruits of a more intensive and career oriented educational system over the past year

"The film and video industry expects of us to produce students who are ready to step into the working environment. Marcell and Carla are exceptional examples," he says.