Over the years, UCT's Faculty of Humanities has produced well-known opera stars, artists, dancers, and film and theatre industry professionals of both national and international standing. However, specialised training and mentorship are expensive to maintain – this is true across all performing and creative arts disciplines.
In order for the faculty to continue to produce the best, they rely on the financial support of UCT's donor community. Alumni in particular have a pivotal role to play in ensuring the sustainability of future talent in the performing and creative arts.
The faculty has produced a film that reflects the full range of creative disciplines in the Humanities and articulates the need for funding in a visceral and aesthetically pleasing way.
Production of the film commenced in October 2015. The filming took place in both Cape Town and Johannesburg at the artists' homes, their workplaces, their studios and theatre changing rooms – even a film set. The goal was to develop a vibrant, thought-provoking narrative featuring UCT performing and creative arts alumni who describe the ways in which their UCT education has benefited their professional careers.
When asked about her experience of creating the film, UCT alumnus Emma Bestall said, “My favourite thing about the film is the way that it incorporates so many voices across so many disciplines, and that the majority of these voices are young and fresh and so come from the heart of UCT's project to develop relevant and effective creatives.”
Compiled Pete van der Woude. Photo Faculty of Humanities.
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