The Whale Caller soon to make waves on the big screen!

Zola Maseko’s The Whale Caller, is a fascinating story based on Zakes Mda’s bestselling novel.  It is an enchanting, romantic comedy of sorts, told through lyrical and magical storytelling. The film is set against the backdrop of the stunningly beautiful Hermanus, on the West Coast of South Africa. The story follows The Whale Caller (Sello Maake ka-Ncube), a man who has long turned his back on humanity.  It’s a heart -warming tale about his journey from misanthropic alienation to human connection, driven by a unique love triangle between him and Saluni (Amrain Ismail-Essop), the wispy sexy town drunk who harbours ideas of grandeur, and Sharisha, a southern right whale.

The film will be released in cinemas, nationwide, on 13 October, and is distributed by Ster-Kinekor Entertainment.

The Whale Caller has already won Best African Film at the Jo’burg Film Festival!

About Zakes Mda and the book

The Whale Caller, Zakes Mda’s fifth novel, is his most enchanting and accessible book in which the changing face of post-apartheid South Africa is revealed through prodigious, lyrical storytelling.
As the novel opens, the seaside village of Hermanus, on the country’s west coast, is overrun with whale watchers-foreign tourists wearing floral shirts and toting expensive binoculars, determined to see whales in their natural habitat. But when the tourists have gone home, The Whale Caller lingers at the shoreline, wooing a whale he calls Sharisha with cries from a kelp horn. When Sharisha fails to appear for weeks on end, The Whale Caller frets like a jealous lover-oblivious to the fact that the town drunk, Saluni, a woman who wears a silk dress and red stiletto heels, is infatuated with him.

The Whale Caller was produced by award-winning film and media production company, Black Roots Pictures in association withThe National Film and Video Foundation, the Department of Trade and Industry, The Industrial Development Corporation, Gauteng Film Commission and the Department of Arts and Culture.

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Competition Terms & Conditions:

  • The prize is two tickets to the Premiere of The Whale Caller at Ster-Kinekor, Eastgate Mall.
  • Winner must be available to attend the premiere on 27/09/2017.
  • Entrants must be 13 years of older and can be asked to prove age via identity document
  • The invitation to the premiere will be emailed to the winner.
  • Prize winner will only be selected from entries who have used the #TheWhaleCaller hashtag
  • Only one winner will be selected
  • The winner will be selected randomly
  • Winner will be notified via a mention or direct message on Twitter.
  • If a valid email address is not received within 48 hours, another winner will be selected
  • Closing date is 20/09/2017 and the winner will be notified on 21/09/2017.
  • By entering the competition, you agree to having your name published online and have any images you posted shared across the social media platforms
  • The tickets are not transferable
  • The tickets are not transferable for cash
  • The tickets are not returnable to Ster-Kinekor Entertainment