ALUMNI OF THE WEEK # 140 Norman Maake

News, 03 April 2019



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AFDA alumnus Norman Maake’s new film “Love Lives Here” is due for release nationwide in cinemas on the 5 April 2019. The movie has a star-studded cast including Thando Thabethe, Lungile Radu, Zola Nombona, Andile Gumbi, fellow alumnus Motlatsi Mafatshe, Nomalanga Shozi and Nkanyiso Bhengu.

Rave reviews have also started flowing in, “All I can say is that Love Lives Here is a complete turn around in the South African film industry. Love Lives Here is that film we all do not want to admit that we have always wanted to see on our big screens, but we just never knew who was brave enough to take that first step and be willing to take the praise with the criticism that will definitely come from those who claim to uphold some kind of values pretending like such things don’t happen.” Ntsikelelo “Ntsiki” Miya, Vantage Vu Mag & Vantage Vu Africa 

“When approaching this film, I knew that there are three thing I needed to get right to pull off to appeal to the intended audience. The film had to be funny, the film had to be fun to watch and lastly the film had to be romantic, in a realistic and relatable way.” says Norman.

“Love Lives Here” is about a young woman’s quest for love, who gets caught up in the modern and traditional ideas for romance. The movie further explores different types of relationships and how we ultimately navigate love, sex, and relationships. If you think this is just another Romantic Comedy film, you’ve got another thing coming. From the cast, the relationships and the storyline, you are in for an emotional rollercoaster.

Born in Johannesburg 1978, Norman Maake is a graduate of AFDA. This is where he made his first short film “Home Sweet Home”(1999) and feature film “Soldiers of the Rock” - winner of Best Screenplay at PAFF 2003 and the Mario Van Peebles award in 2004, Lionel Ngakane Award for best young director at the Sithengi film festival. Soldiers of the Rock played in over a hundred intenernational film festivals. 

Norman is no stranger to other forms of filmmaking, this became apparent with directorial debut “Homecoming” his highly acclaimed three-hour TV mini-series which was cut into a feature film that screened at the AFI in Los Angeles 2006 and opened the African Diaspora Film Festival in New York. The Film tells a powerful story of three friends who return home as ANC exiles with dreams of building a life in post-apartheid South Africa in the 1990s. Based on the real-life experiences of the screenwriter Zola Maseko, a former MK (Umkhonto we Sizwe) soldier. 

Norman Maake directed the first season of now popular youth soap drama series “SkeemSaam”, “Entabeni”, an adaptation of Macbeth, in 2007, and in 2010 “Unsung Hero” a story about the Soweto String Quartet founder, Mike Masote, Vuma a Kwaito revolution, a documentary about kalawa records history and how they changed the music game.

His recent TV credits include Mutual friends Primetime on SABC 1, and Its Complicated Prime Time on Mzansi. 

South Africa is still to make its greatest films. Maake’s talent to document strong moving images that are familiar, brings dramatic significance to his films which is rooted in both reality and fiction. He draws inspiration from timeless classics and works of fiction. His commercial works are bold and reminiscent of South African popular culture.

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