What it was like being an extra in ‘An Act Of Defiance’, a great South African movie

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Roughly three years ago, I got a message from a friend of a friend asking if I would be interested in being a background actor (extra) in a movie which was already in production in Pretoria; or at the least knew someone who would be interested in making some extra cash. It is one of those once-off things like skydiving or some shit that I always wanted tick of my bucket list – star in a movie (as a nobody) – but I never got around to it until this opportunity came along, because I guess I also never really cared enough, but this was an important movie.

An Act Of Defiance tells the story of Bram Fischer. Most of you only know the name because you’ve been stuck in traffic in Bram Fischer drive in Joburg, but here is the deal: He was pivotal to South Africa’s democracy. He was a renowned lawyer, sympathetic to the nation’s resistance movement during apartheid. He risked his freedom and his career. He took on defending a group of political activists, including Nelson Mandela, after they were arrested during a raid at the Lilliesleaf farm in Rivonia. They faced a possible death sentence under the charges  of conspiracy to commit sabotage .

I am ashamed to admit that I was partly unaware of this guy’s role in South Africa’s road to democracy and I am glad I had a very minute role in this award-winning film myself. It was a moerse befokte experience and I got to share it with some of my friends who are legit South African actors but I also got to share it with other friends who are plebs like myself – people who just rocked up for fun (and little bit of cash).  One of these friends were Yaki Naude and I asked her a few questions around her experience on set. We don’t always have to just feature the famous people, right?

What was it like being part of this production? Did you feel like a Hollywood actress?
It was awesome. I got picked out from all the extras because I believe I arrived really looking the part. After they selected me as stenographer, I got to wear amazing 60s fashion on a daily basis. So yes I did feel like a Hollywood actress, minus the dressing room!

You were only part of a small portion of the production of the movie. What was your reaction when you finally got to see the full length movie?
I was super chuffed. Small part yes, but still part of the bigger picture and contributing to the end result!

What was the vibe like on set? Were you star struck?
Set life was great! The long waits sometimes dampened the vibe though.I was most definitely  star struck meeting Willie Esterhuizen from Orkney vibes!

What was the most fun part on set?
Most definitely the amazing vintage outfits!

What was the most crappy part of working on this production?
Waiting. Waiting and more waiting… But I guess that’s film life!

What was the most fun part away from the cameras?
Listening to the “defendants’s” banter in court.

What was the single thing that got you out of bed and totally amped for the day’s shoot?
Styling my beehive!

Why did you decide to do this for 8 Saturdays in a row, getting up while it is still dark and only getting back home when it is dark again?
I was in between jobs. Also as a musician, I always gravitate towards the camera!

How were you treated as an extra by staff, cast and crew?
Extras are, well, extras. Needed, but not that much. I guess that’s how we were treated?

Did you for a moment consider doing this as a full time job?
Hell yes! But not in this country. In Hollywood, baby!

Will you work as an extra again on a movie or TV film set?
For sure!

How do you think this movie could benefit South Africans?
Good question! This is a must see for all South Africans. I believe it will break stereotyping of race. There were blacks and whites fighting for justice in this country always!

What are your top three current movies to stream at this moment?
Act of Defiance, Hotel Artemis and I, Tonya

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  1. Ernst

    Hierdie blad is steeds lekker om te besoek, want ek hang steeds hier uit en lees al julle kak.

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