Batswana find right niche in film production

Contrary to views held by many about the No1 Ladies Detective Agency film currently being shot in the country that locals have been given a raw deal, the cast and crew include many Batswana.

Following an invitation by film publicist Joy Sapieka, Showbiz has discovered that the film producers have involved quite a number of locals in the project. While the film  is being directed by renowned director Anthony Minghella, many Batswana are getting first hand training in film making through their active involvement in production. At the same time, a good number of local actors/actresses have found themselves a suitable niche in both speaking roles and extras (non-speaking roles).

 
Speaking to Mma-Ramotswe producer Amy Moore, Showbiz learnt that 46 percent of the crew are Batswana, while the top echelon is naturally dominated by movie industry gurus. Analysts regard this scenario as a welcome development in that while the country has a number of people, who can be said to have some experience in film making, no local producer has ever made a Hollywood movie.

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