“The Number” screens at the Toronto International Film Festival A KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission funded project

24 August 2017


17 August 2017; Directed by Khalo Matabane and produced by Carolyn Carew, the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission (KZNFC) funded project, “The Number”, has been selected to screen at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival.

The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission extends its congratulations to the team at Born free media for the World Premiere of “The Number” at the Toronto International Film Festival.

“The Number” is a film based on Magadien SWentzel, 40, a veteran member of the 28’s, prison gang and is based on the award-winning book of the same title, by Johnny Steinberg.   The film stars Warren Masemola, Mothusi Magano, Lemogang Tsipa, Kevin Smith, Deon Lotz, Presley Chweneyagae and Charlton George.

The number was partly funded by the KZNFC through its Film Fund for production funding and assisted by the KZNFC locations and facilities office to secure a section of Clairwood hospital in Durban which was converted into a prison where the entire film was shot.

The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission Film Fund was established in 2014 and has to date approved 128 Projects. The film fund supports projects in production, development, audience development, and markets and festivals. “This is really a proud moment for the KZNFC as we are starting to see a lot of good feature films coming out of the film fund. We have also recently seen “Keeping up with the Kandasammy’s” generate over R16 million in box office earnings which is a huge achievement for a local production. ”The Number” spent over 70% of its production budget in the province and created employment for local filmmakers and providers of related services. With the film being screened internationally, this will go a long way in establishing KwaZulu-Natal as a choice film destination. Says Carol Coetzee, CEO (KZNFC).

Source: Press Release