GEORGE NEWS - The name "Voëlklip" is currently attracting a lot of interest in a trailer for a short film on YouTube. The local lookout point serves as background for the film, which is loosely based on Voëlklip's reputation as a suicide site.
Justin van Rayner, director at the George-based studio Silent Kill Productions, the company behind the movie, says they started the Voëlklip film project just before lockdown forced them to halt production.
"We are trying to create an origin story which borders closely on fiction. Vincent Philander, the author of the script, was highly inspired by the 'cliff of death' near Herold's Bay," says Van Rayner.
"The main antagonist (portrayed by Luwellyn Innes) is psychologically challenged and influences others' psyche when in close proximity. Their deranged behaviour drives them to cannibalism and suicide when they're unable to feed."
There is no specific reference to the suicides that happened there. "The general surroundings were used as basis for the film and it borders on fiction in the sense of human interaction with each other.
The film story suggests that the antagonist is capable of channelling the power of a dark entity due to the psychological state and uses that power to possess and influence others to do malicious activity like cannibalism and suicide, amongst other things."
The main actors and the production team are all from George.
They are Shamiele and Elroy Davids, Luwellyn Innes, Justin van Rayner (trailer only), Chester Appels, Jason Cupido, Valine Mannies, Charlaine Jamie Uithaler, Michelle Grootboom (trailer only) and Vincent Philander, the author. They made use of BiZKiT Photography.
The film is still in production and they hope to finalise it by the end of spring.
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