Interview with Screenwriter Micharn Pollock (SIZWE)

1. What is your screenplay about?

This is the heartwarming story of Nosizwe (Sizwe), a young girl from the Transkei. Sizwe’s been raised by her gogo (grandmother), the kind of lady you just want to hug. We see Sizwe tackle difficult situations and grow from a young girl, very dependent on her gogo, to reversing the role and becoming her gogo’s caretaker.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Sizwe is a touching story of a child with a disability showing great strength and reliance in a particularly tough time. Audiences need to see MORE people with disabilities living independent and successful lives without being seen as just someone with a disability.

The relationship between a grandmother and her grandchildren, particularly when the parents have to work remotely is not unusual in rural areas, yet not a story often told.

There need to be more stories coming from the Eastern Cape. The Transkei is a beautiful, remote area in the Eastern Cape, rich with heritage. Nelson Mandela was born not too far from where the story is set.

The Xhosa culture has not been represented in many stories that come out of South Africa.

Due to wearing face marks that do not show the mouth, people who lip read can no longer do so. South Africa, a country of 57.5 million people has 4 million deaf or hard of hearing citizens. Wearing cloth face masks is now a prerequisite for any South African leaving their home. The silence in the deaf person’s world has just become more oppressing.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Strength (in) Adversity

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

Empire Records

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About 4 months

7. How many stories have you written?

Not many that I have shared, but too many to count!

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Take it Easy – The Eagles

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Deciding on which route to take for the ending. There were many alternative endings before I decided which worked best for the story.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am passionate about acting and art.

Acting: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6318901/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

Art: https://www.instagram.com/micharnpollockart/

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

FilmFreeway is an extremely simple platform to use and to keep up to date on submissions.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

The reviews of the festival were great and my experience so far has been wonderful. I found the feedback useful and the festival well organized.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

citizens. Wearing cloth face masks is now a prerequisite for any South African leaving their home. The silence in the deaf person’s world has just become more oppressing.

This is the story of Sizwe, a young, deaf girl from the rural Transkei in South Africa, and how an act of bravery takes her from being reliant on her Gogo (her grandmother) to being independent and capable in difficult times.South Africa, a country of 57.5 million people has 4 million deaf or hard of hearing citizens. Wearing cloth face masks is now a prerequisite for any South African leaving their home. The silence in the deaf person’s world has just become more oppressing.

This is the story of Sizwe, a young, deaf girl from the rural Transkei in South Africa, and how an act of bravery takes her from being reliant on her Gogo (her grandmother) to being independent and capable in difficult times.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Isaac/Pastor Joseph/Headman: Allan Michael Brunet
Ludwe/Old Man/Man/Male Nurse: Shawn Devlin
Principal/Policeman: Steve Rizzo
Thandi/Sizwe: Hannah Ehman
Qaqamba/Teacher/Old Woman: Kyana Teresa
Mary/Grandmothe/Middle Aged Woman/Female Nurse: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Nothemba:- Allison kampf
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By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival www.wildsound.ca

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