19 September 2018, Alumni of the week

AFDA Live Performance alumna Karlé Briedenhann plays her debut feature film the role in the much anticipated, must see independant feature film, “The Recce”, alongside seasoned South African actor heavyweights, Marius Weyers, Christia Visser, Grant Swanby and Grek Kriek. Karlé plays the role of ‘Lorraine van Rooyen’ in the film.

Set in 1981, the Recce, Henk Viljoen, is wrongfully declared KIA behind enemy lines. Abandoned by his superiors; it's a race for survival in which his mental and physical abilities are pushed to their limits, as he navigates his way through the treacherous Angolan war zone in an effort to make his way home to his loved ones.

“The Recce” shows all the sides and aspects of the war. It tells each person affected by its story - Mothers, fathers, wives, friends, fellow-soldiers, the generals who made the tough decisions and how there are no winners in a war. The film's characters are strong and not the typical cliché’s one expects to see in a war-drama. It is an important film, because it's a story we have not yet told in South-African film. The film premieres nationwide on 28 September 2018.

Karlé grew up in the northern suburbs of Cape Town and matriculated in 2006 from High School Tygerberg in 2006. At school she excelled at drama, piano, clarinet, ballet and singing and decided to further her tertiary education at AFDA.

“I studied with great names in the South African film industry like: Adrian Galley, Shimmy Isaacs, Alison Hofer and Corné van Rooyen.” she says. In 2009 she graduated Cum Laude with a B.A degree in Live Performance and was awarded the Best Supporting Actress award for he lead role in the film for “Kuiergat”.

After her studies she opened a Drama School. Besides commercials, local as well as international, she also starred in numerous musicals over the past couple of years.  In 2013 she starred in "Boy Meets Boy", followed by "Oklahoma!" in 2014.

 In 2015 she travelled to the UK as one of the principals with the company of "The Mikado" to take part in the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival. 

Showreel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAiVb4udb1s&t=8s

Agent profile: https://samanthabernhardi.com/site/artist/karle-briedenhann/

The Recce movie: http://thereccemovie.com/

AFDA is the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, and is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate no. 2001/HE07/012.

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