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DUT Television Students Make Debut on SABC

DUT Television Students Make Debut on SABC


Nine DUT student television programmes have been selected for screening on SABC. The programmes, which are all short dramas, will be screened on 20th Feb, 11.30 pm and 27th Feb, 11pm on SABC 2.

The directors were all students at the Television School at DUT, studying towards the National Diploma in Video Technology. Says Cary Burnett, Senior Lecturer in Television and tutor to all the student directors, “It is a great compliment to have so many productions chosen for flighting. I am very proud of what our students have achieved. They have come a long way in a short time and the quality of their work is inspiring, especially as it was all produced on minimal budgets. All the concepts and scripts are original and were written by the students and in many cases original soundtracks were composed especially for the productions.”
According to SABC commissioning editor Renee Williams the student work is “of the highest standard and has very interesting content that will add depth to the schedule”.

‘Bush Chow’ is a story about a group of young boys living in a working class area in Durban who aim to have a fun day cooking in the bush, boy scout style. The day turns sour when a stranger interrupts their fun and the boys beat a hasty retreat back to the reality of their daily lives.

‘Sibling Rivalry’ by Sifiso Mavundla tells the story of two brothers surviving on their own, without parental guidance. The older brother favors a tsotsi lifestyle but the younger boy just wants to find a friend a play soccer.

‘You only live…one time’ by Altamish Khan is an hilarious spoof of both the James Bond and Bollywood genres. Meet the DVD kingpins flogging fake DVDs at Blue Lagoon and watch our own 007 save the day.

‘Sihle’s Revenge’ by Zola Mkhize is a touching story about a the torment a young boy goes through at the hands of the school bullies, until he hatches a unique plan for revenge. ‘Sihle’s Revenge’ is a cathartic story about the under dog who comes out on top.

‘The Last Supper’ by Sibonisile Mathonsi deals with the topical issue of exam stress facing matric students. To cope with the upcoming matric exams a young girl turns to an unscrupulous sangoma for help, with disasterous consequences. This is a chilling story about what happens when you choose to trust the wrong person.

‘Adams Apple’ by Lauren Oliver is a dark puzzle with a twist in the tail. Inspired by the real case of a hit and run death in a popular party area of Durban this drama shows in vivid detail how easily a night out can spiral out of control.

‘Subliminal’ by Matthew Nefdt takes us into the crazy world of a psychotic killer and the victim who is desperate to escape. An unnerving and edgy visual experience that will leave you unsettled..

‘Bound’ by Stuart Strydom deals with the temptation of drugs and the force of will and faith required to beat the odds and break the habit.

‘Soul’ by Sindiswe Myeza is told in flashback as a young girl remembers a devastating experience and how she survived it.

For more information contact Cary Burnett 031 373 6628.

Contact details for the directors who are now graduates of DUT Television Department are as follows:
Sibonisile Mathonsi 0735488402
Sifiso Mavundla 0782347387
Zola Mkhize 0723903460
Lauren Oliver 083 2356421
Altamish Khan 0728447014/0843730210
Heath Fynn 0736213065
Matt Nefdt 0848755448
Stuart Strydom 0828201208
Sindiswe Myeza 0736256632

Bhekani Dlamini
Media Officer
Division of Corporate Affairs
Durban University of Technology
031 373 2845