Jozi is a SoapDish
In past issues we've covered the locally produced daily soapies that are shot in Gauteng - the list includes Isidingo, Generations, Egoli, Scandal, Rhythm City and 7de Laan. The last remaining daily is Binnelanders, South Africa's only Afrikaans medical drama series broadcast on M.net.
Produced by Friedrich and Elsje Stark of Stark Films, Binnelanders started shooting in August 2005 and went on air on M.net in October 2005. "We commenced shooting at the old SABC broadcast centre in Commissioner Street Johannesburg, which at that time was run by Global Access. We are however serviced technically by ZSETV in Highlands North. We use the two largest studios in the building, which are 595m2 and 270m2 and we use three cameras," explains Stark.
"We have been broadcasting for almost 3 years and we will continue broadcasting indefinitely, depending on the performance of the show. The series is set against the backdrop of the up-market private hospital, Binneland Clinic in Pretoria. The stories revolve around the lives of a dedicated group of professionals committed to healing the suffering of their patients. However working in such close proximity is not easy"
"The principal actors are Hans Strydom, Dawid Minaar, Michelle Botes, Neels van Jaarsveld, Rolanda Marais, Sandi Schultz, Nadia Valvekens, Paul du Toit, Franci Swanepoel, Fatima Abdool, Lindie Stander, Jurgen Helberg and others," he says.
"We employ 60 crew members, excluding cast and writers, and we are two and a half months ahead of airtime. The recording format is Betacam SP while the post production is completed at PostMasters."
The series is broadcast on both M.net and KykNet and has a wide viewing audience. "It is so realistic that members of the public sometimes attempt to get medical advice from our cast members!" comments Stark.