Nicole Langa: Real South African stories

I am a young and talented film producer, screenwriter and editor. I am also the founder of Langa Legacy Films, a Johannesburg based professional film and television production company centered in the curation of short films, documentaries, commercial, corporate and music video content. Its team encompasses miscellaneous talented crew members committed to providing a platform and audience by tapping into the heart of untold stories through quality locally produced content. We bring forward a representation of real South African stories told by talented South African filmmakers, performing artists and creative experts with a real passion for storytelling. We afford the opportunity to viewers across the globe to have access to, engage and be entertained by the rich and diverse stories this country has to offer.

Q&A with Nicole

How did you start in the industry?
I began my journey in the media and creative industry at the age of 17 when I published a YA novel with Penguin. I ventured into film and television a year later when I decided to pursue a BA Film and Television degree at the University of the Witwatersrand where I excelled and became a member of the International Golden Key Society. It was an affirmation of my creativity and talent and I have been passionate about storytelling ever since. I was later prompted to start my own film production company, Langa Legacy Films and have been working on developing new and exciting projects that I cannot wait to share with you all.

What does your typical work day look like?
A typical day in my life is not as interesting as many would think. I believe in routine and consistency so each day looks relatively the same. I wake up, pray, go to the gym (if I do not have an early call time) and get to work. I have to distribute my time wisely to balance school and the work I have to do for my production company. I enjoy ending my days by cooking a hearty dinner for my family or friends and try to get to bed as early as possible!

What do you think FAME Week Africa can offer the Pan-African Market?
FAME Week Africa offers emerging creatives access to influential spaces and a platform to showcase their creative works. It provides them with an audience that recognises, appreciates and affirms their talent encouraging them to keep creating.

What do you think the future of the creative industries look like?
The future of our creative industries looks exciting and promising. The innovative ideas and talent our country yields is remarkable and it is incredibly inspiring and encouraging to witness.

With FAME Week Africa being hosted in the Mother City, what do you love about Cape Town?
I have never been to Cape Town, but I can appreciate its scenic landscapes and beaches. The vibrancy of the city and its people definitely make it a place worth exploring.

Featured film: ‘Kwanele’

‘Kwanele’ is a South African historical short film contextualised in the apartheid era told from the perspective of Joe Mamasela, an askari who formed part of the apartheid secret police who has publicly disclosed his involvement in several assassinations of anti-apartheid activists under the instruction of prejudiced authority.

The film is an exploration of the emotional ramifications the murders had on him and a poetic extension of the devastating impact they had on his subconscious. We are let into the minds and thoughts of the PEBCO 3, former members of The UDF who fell victim to Mamasela. They open up about the heinous brutalities committed against them that ultimately led to their demise. The film recognises the adverse effects their untimely deaths had on their families and what it extended to in relation to the socio-political climate of the apartheid regime at the time.

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