M-Net Movies announce the contenders of Greatest Movie Ever Made
You’ve cried, you’ve laughed and you’ve seen some “Oscar-winning” performances in M-Net Movies’ unique The Greatest Movie Ever Made competition.
Now, after a whopping 387 entries from across the continent, M-Net Movies and a panel of experts have narrowed down the entries to just 17 contestants.
Spearheaded by three reputable television and film production directors from Spitfire Films, the selection process was in the hands of experts like Akin Omotoso, AK and Peter Heaney.
In this extraordinary casting competition, M-Net Movies invited aspiring actors to recreate scenes from movies on the different DStv channels in the hopes of starring opposite well-known local actors in a short M-Net Movies production and maybe win the big prize – an all-expenses paid trip to Hollywood, sponsored by UIPSA.
The 17 finalists for The Greatest Movie Ever Made are: Andy Ella (27) from Centurion in Gauteng, South Africa, Angelo Johannes (37) from Cape Town in the Western Cape, South Africa, Daniel Molokwu ( 17) from Accra in Ghana, Devon Wayne Saunders (33) from Cape Town in the Western Cape, South Africa, George Mnguni (22)from Vosloorus in Gauteng, South Africa, and Jacqueline Angula (26) from Namibia.
Others include Jerome Galiao (32) from Randburg in Gauteng, South Africa , Julian Fouche (22) from Germiston in Gauteng, South Africa, Kelly Gossmann (24) from Randparkridge in Gauteng, South Africa, Kira Marie Tim (25) from Blairgowrie in Gauteng, South Africa, Lamar Bonhomme (27) Randparkridge in Gauteng, South Africa, Lauren Jenae Vankeirsbilck (25) Bryanston in Gauteng, South Africa, Letlotlo Mohlabeng(20) Randfontein in Gauteng, South Africa, Nompilo Hlongwa (25) Durban in Gauteng, South Africa, Percival Sibanda (22) Clearwater in Gauteng, South Africa, Sheena Deepnarain (29) Greenstone in Gauteng, South Africa and Tshegofatso Masenya (17) Limpopo in Gauteng, South Africa.
Omotoso, AK and Heaney will also be the three directors of this short movie, which will hop between different genres.
Nigerian-born Omotoso has garnered several top-notch film awards over the years, and his highly acclaimed crime drama, the 2011 film Man on Ground traveled the international film circuit winning over critics and audiences alike.
His most recent production Vaya, was also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month.
Speaking on the judging process Omotoso said: “The quest is always finding truth in the performance, but the talent that came forward was absolutely mind-blowing.”
“People were so creative, or interesting, or just brilliant that it made our job selecting a final cast very difficult,” fellow judge Heaney agreed. “Ultimately, the truth is that casting is about the combination of people, and how a group fits together. We could have cast so many of the people who submitted entries that I hope we get to do this again!”
Heaney, who began his career in front of the camera, is a seasoned director, who recently won the Afrikaanse Taal en Kultuur Vereniging (ATKV) MediaVeertjies Award for Best Director for the award-winning drama, Erfsondes.
AK has thrived on strong conceptual ideas with striking graphic visuals, bursting with special effects innovation and cinematic magic. The talented director has overseen over 260 commercials and picked up over 40 international awards.
AK has also featured at the Global Association for Creative Advertising & Design Awards (D&AD) in New York, the One Show Awards, the PromaxBDA Awards in both London and Los Angeles and the Cannes Advertising Awards.
The judging process was verified by auditing firm Deloitte.