Walter Sisulu University’s Buffalo City Campus (BCC) has partnered with prominent South African movie makeup artist Louiza Calore in forming the East London Film and Television Society.


The society, which began recently, was formed after Calore teamed up with the Head of the Department of Corporate Communication and Marketing, Dr. Alicia Van Der Spuy and also the BCC rector Dr. Prince Jaca on establishing and revitalizing Eastern Cape movie arts.


“The society is aimed at creating a new, fresh, original and authentic movie and creative space not just for WSU but the entire East London community,” said Van Der Spuy.


Van Der Spuy said even though the university is still on the stages of drafting a memorandum of understanding with Calore, they decided to start with the classes due to high anticipation from both parties.


Calore, who resides in East London with her young son, has been in the film and television industry since the early 90’s with having been worked in record-breaking and conversation-sparking SA shows like Yizo Yizo 1 and 2, award-winning movie Ayanda, Vaya and also Tell Me Sweet Something, the first of its kind in SA films starring Nomzamo Mbatha and Maps Maponyane.


Although her passion has been with makeup, the love for South African filmmaking grew till now where she felt the responsibility to engage the East London community about all the spheres of filmmaking so that the Eastern Cape can also produce amazing productions whilst keeping its talented individuals within the province, not for them to have to seek work in Johannesburg or Cape Town.


“We have started this group so that we can start a networking session for film work to come and start in East London. So that one day we also can have our own ‘Uzalo’ that best shows life and stories in East London, Mdantsane, Duncan Village etc.” said Calore on the goal behind her initiative.


The group is not very picky to the types of film and television works to give an eye as long as it is from the continent of Africa or tells stories about the African person, all in hopes of learning about the industry and how best African stories can be told.


For the first meeting, at WSU’s first-year journalism lecture room, with about 20 people, the group watched Akin Omotoso’s Tell Me Sweet Something, with many celebrating the movie for beautifully painting a picture of finding love, especially in the big city.


The East London film and Television Society meets every last Wednesday of the month at WSU’s Journalism first year lecture room at 6 pm.


By: Simo Cele.

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