by Thinus Ferreira
Filming has started on the Afrikaans romcom adaptation of the novel Die Tragiese Saak van Pamina Vermaak, shooting in South Africa's West Coast.
Die Tragiese Saak van Pamina Vermaak will have its debut at kykNET's 2023 Silwerskerm Film Festival in Cape Town next year, and will then be available on MultiChoice's DStv BoxOffice service.
Die Tragiese Saak van Pamina Vermaak, filming on location in Cape Town, Velddrif, Laaiplek and St. Helena Bay, stars Carla Smith as Pamina and Christiaan Schoombie as rock star Wolf de Jager.
The cast also includes Anna-Mart van der Merwe, Lee-Ann van Rooi, Albert Pretorius, Duane Williams, Hélène Truter, Rolanda Marais, André Roothman and Armand Aucamp.
The story, a film adaptation of the 2018 novel by Annie Klopper, revolves around an out-of-work journalist and a rock star, licking his wounds after his fiancé cheated on him.
Wolf de Jager is in the West Coast town of Witwaterbaai – a place Pamina swore never to return to after a disastrous event 11 years ago. Wolf is hiding there after he found out his fiancé, the actress Daniella du Toit, is cheating on him.
Die Tragiese Saak van Pamina Vermaak has Kabous Meiring as director, with Go2 Content producing in collaboration with The Film Factory. The production team is headed by Kabous Meiring, Jaco Nothnagel and Danie Bester.
Elanie Rupping wrote the first draft of the script which was then further developed by Bibi Slippers, Kabous, Jaco, Danie, Tina Kruger and Annie Klopper.
"I think every person's contribution, big or small, made this script unique and very honest," says Jaco Nothnagel. "To hear the words come out of the mouths of the actors, and with Kabous in her element as director, is the cherry on the cake."
"We are keeping our fingers crossed that the wind won't blow us into the sea, and we're buying suntan lotion in bulk, but we fell in love with the charm of these towns and the breath-taking sunsets," he says.
"This is the third production Go2 Content is shooting outside Cape Town, and, once again, I was touched by the support and hospitality of the local communities."