Bioskope Pictures and Videovision Entertainment, announced today the start of principle photography of the feature film, SLEEPER’S WAKE. The film, which marks Barry Berk’s feature film directorial debut, is based on Berk’s own screenplay as adapted from the novel by award winning South African author, Alistair Morgan. The film will be shot on location in Port Edward in KwaZulu Natal and in Johannesburg.
SLEEPER’S WAKE is a sexual thriller which follows a recently widowed man who takes refuge in a small coastal town to heal his grief only to get caught up in a dangerous relationship with a beautiful young woman.
SLEEPER’S WAKE is the second co-production between Producer Ken Kaplan’s Bioskope Pictures and Anant Singh’s Videovision Entertainment, the first being the cult horror film, Pure Blood.
Kaplan and Berk’s association goes back 15 years to their student days at New York University’s prestigious graduate film school, where they both studied before returning to South Africa to pursue their filmmaking careers.
Berk has had a distinguished career in Television directing for the hit British series Wild At Heart and well known South African drama series such The Lab, Gaz Lam, Yizo Yizo. His made-for-TV film, The Good Provider, won Best Family Drama at the BANFF World Television Festival in 2006 and received nine nominations at the South African Film & Television Awards (SAFTAs) including, Best Director and Best Drama.
SLEEPER’S WAKE stars Lionel Newton (Jozi, Gums & Noses) and Jay Anstey who first gained notice for her portrayal of Tim Robbins’s daughter in Phillip Noyce’s Catch A Fire. Deon Lotz, fresh from his success in Skoonheid at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, will co-star.
Vuyani Sondlo joins the film as Editor and reteams with Berk after their successful collaboration on Gaz Lam & Yizo Yizo. Moroba Nkawe will serve as Line Producer.
Producer, Ken Kaplan said, “The incredible locations available on the KwaZulu Natal South Coast and at Oribi Gorge are more than amazing backdrops for the setting of SLEEPER’S WAKE. The natural beauty of the area will be one of the stars of this suspense drama. As an all South African production we are pleased to be showcasing one of the most beautiful parts of our country.”
SLEEPER’S WAKE will be presented at the Cannes Film Festival in May next year.
SLEEPER’S WAKE is a Bioskope Pictures and Videovision Entertainment production starring Lionel Newton, Jay Anstey and Deon Lotz. It is produced by Ken Kaplan, executive produced by Barry Berk, Anant Singh, Sudhir Pragjee, Sanjeev Singh, Robert Naidoo, Ronnie Apteker and Richard Cohen and written and directed by Barry Berk.