It’s Movie Time!

25 year-old Pietermaritzburg graduate, Joshua Magor, is an award winning South African Filmmaker, looking for people to be characters in a film he is making about, and taking place in and around Pietermaritzburg.

Joshua Magor on set.

Joshua Magor on set.

Joshua first developed an interest in filmmaking whilst making video art during his senior school days at Michaelhouse. After graduating as Dux of Michaelhouse, and being placed on the national top 50 achievers list, Joshua earned a scholarship to study English Literature and Economics at the prestigious University of Edinburgh. He progressed to do his masters degree in Filmmaking at the London Film School. Joshua has worked extensively in both fiction and documentary filmmaking and has developed expertise as both a director, writer and cinematographer. He also takes a particular interest in the craft of acting and has participated in acting workshops at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and has frequently held his own improvisation sessions.
As a creator Joshua is extremely passionate about cinema’s ability to capture the ferocious intensities of life and medium’s potential to confront people with emotions and thoughts that may otherwise remain hidden. His latest film “People At Night” is recently finished and is currently being prepared to have a run on the film festival circuit.
So, come on Pietermaritzburgers – it’s an opportunity to work with a genius and to create something memorable!

Says Magor, “In February 2017 I will be shooting a film in around around the greater Pietermaritzburg area. The film will be set in current day South Africa, about characters in and around Pietermaritzburg and will be an immersion into this current moment of our country’s history. I wish to examine the feelings, tensions, smells, colours, conversations, sounds and forces that make up this moment and the people that face it. There will be no Hollywood bullshit, no trans-forming cars, no exploding trains, no botoxed blondes kissing botoxed blondes to romantic music in the rain. This has no authenticity. This does not mean anything. What I am interested in creating is making a film that does mean something. A film that is courageous, honest and completely sincere.

In order to achieve this I will of course need to find people who will become the characters in the film. So to do this I have decided to run a 4 week open-doors acting workshop for any and all who wish to get involved with the project. Twice a week sessions will be held where I will guide participants through various exercises and coach them on various techniques of performance. These workshops will be used as a space for people to explore and/or hone their abilities, and as a incubator to develop fresh and new material from the participant’s own experiences that may find its way into the film. The workshop will have a focus on finding one’s own individual expression and delivering powerful and authentic performances. At the end of the workshop those who have participated will be informed as to whether or not they will be included in the final cast for the film. The workshop is open to ALL and everybody. ALL ages, races, shapes, backgrounds, etc. NO experience is necessary. ALL ARE WELCOME. Also, It is not necessary to participate in all the sessions if you cannot. The workshop will have a drop-in drop-out policy where individuals should feel free to make it when you can.” – Joshua Magor

Joshua Magor

Joshua Magor

Dates: Starting from the last week of October, exact dates to be confirmed.

Location: Pietermaritzburg, exact location to be confirmed.

Any interested people should contact me at: joshmagorfilm@gmail.com