The 2019 theme is wonderfully and specifically Capetonian. Tell us more about why you were inspired to focus on this part of Cape Town life?
Marc: When I first moved back to Cape Town from the UK, I moved into the Noordehoek and the False Bay area and I spent a lot of time exploring beaches and hiking around there. I was particularly drawn to beaches like SmitsWinkel bay and the beaches down by Crayfish Factory.
Can you tell us a bit more around the characters?
Marc: I once had a great experience handline fishing for snoek out at by Cape point with some Kalk Bay fisherman. The fisherman all smoked cigi’s, were weathered like the landscape and were so tough, much like the snoek that we were catching. It was such a cool experience with those dudes that I thought I wanted to somehow incorporate that experience into the piece and give a nod to the culture of these people and their sustainable way of fishing and how they have been doing this for generations.
That explains the fishermen, what about the woman in the back?
Marc: I came across a Laurence Green book that had a story about an old lady which stuck with me. She was old hermit woman who lived in the early 1900’s around Cape Point. She would collect kelp off the beaches and boil it up in a giant cauldron to make agar-agar which she would then sell on to local people for use as a gelatin substitute. I thought I would one day take that original story and apply a bit of magic to it.
When the opportunity to do the theme for CTIAF happened, I knew I wanted to tell some story that incorporated all these elements and really celebrate the natural environment with the inhabitants of the Cape and their way of life.
What can guests expect at the festival?
Marc: Well the opening video will be finished soon and I’ll be giving a talk on how we put it together. We’re also planning on a frame by frame animation workshop – it’s something I’m really passionate about and I hope everyone will join us.