Meet Iain Thomas, the 36-year-old South African poet who is famous all over the world except in SA

Trevor Noah has pulled out at the last minute from hosting the MAMAs 2016, due to 'a severe upper respiratory infection'

SA breaks fastest film record

2013-05-13 14:45
Shotgun Garfunkel
Johannesburg - It was a success all round for the South African cast, crew and producers of Shotgun Garfunkel, unofficially the fastest film ever made – from scriptwriting through to premiere in under 11 days.

Three local production companies – Localala Productions, Ghost Sheep and Team Best – who set out the mammoth task of breaking the previous record held in India and produce a full-length feature film, all the way from script conception, to casting, filming, editing and screening of the final product – in 10 days and 12 hours days in Johannesburg.

Scriptwriting for the film started on 1 May and the film premiered on Saturday, 11 May.

After an intense few days, the film Shotgun Garfunkel was successfully completed in time for the movie's big premiere at The Bioscope in Johannesburg on Saturday night, with time to spare in breaking the record set by the Indian makers of Sivappu Mazhai.

'Working as a team helped'

"It was tight," said Eduan van Jaarsveld, a producer and actor on the film told TimesLive. "We had to get rid of any insecurity and just dive in. We didn't have the time or energy to not trust what we were doing, and working as a team helped a great deal."

"Localala, Team Best, Ghost Sheep and everyone else who sacrificed time and energy to create this piece of SA cinematic awesomeness / history – I salute you and we need more passionate Safricans like you. I love you,"  said Retroviral's Mike Sharman, who also has a role in the film.

Shotgun Garfunkel is a buddy comedy that tells of four thirtysomething friends on a night out as they try to recapture their glory days.

The movie also stars Jenna Dover, Carl Beukes, writer Meren Reddy, comedian Trevor Gumbi, Tiffany Jones Barbuzano, and producers Bryan van Niekerk and Asher Stoltz.

The movie is only holds the title of The Fastest Film Ever Made unofficially as they await certification from the Guinness Book of World Records.

For writer Reddy, it's a platform for the next step in South African filmmaking. He said: "It's about the knowledge that we could do it, and we did it with a 15-man team, backed by this amazing city. We could do it, and we did. We fucking did it."

Watch the Shotgun Garfunkel trailer here:

NEXT ON CHANNEL24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Recent News

Everything you need to know about the 4 new flicks releasing at the cinema this weekend. Read More »
Add your review

The opening scene of the movie Spectre shows James Bond chasing a bad guy through a Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City. Read More »
Add your review

inside channel 24

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.