The Whale Caller, an unusual love story and a major South African film, opens at cinemas around the country. Based on a novel published in 2005 by renowned South African author and playwright Zakes Mda, the movie is produced and directed by international award-winner Zola Maseko, and stars Sello Maake & Amrain Ismail-Essop.
The story is based in the Cape seaside town of Hermanus, famous as a venue for whale watching. When the foreign tourists have departed, the Whale Watcher, who makes calls on a kelp horn to woo the whales, lingers on the shore, repeatedly calling a whale he has befriended, without success. Instead he forms an awkward relationship with the town drunk, both of them ill-equipped for their romance.
Gauteng-based Zola Maseko runs a production company called Black Roots Pictures. Over the years he has produced a string of documentaries, television films and full length features, many of which have won African and international awards. These include Drum (2004), which won the Golden Stallion Award and screened at Cannes, Toronto and Sundance, The Manuscripts of Timbuktu (2009) which won the Walter Mosley Award, and The Foreigner (1997), which won the Best Short Film award at the Urban World Festival in New York.
Zakes Mda’s many prize-winning works include We Shall Sing for the Fatherland (Amstel Playwright of the Year, 1978); Ways of Dying (M-Net Book Prize);and Heart of Redness (Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Africa and Sunday Times Fiction Prize.
The Whale Caller opens on October 13th 2017.10.05