The making of Girl From Nowhere

Girl From Nowhere was a micro-budget production, filmed in two weeks, in the Cedarberg mountains. The film was produced and funded by director Mark Jackson, who also wrote the script, drew the storyboards, filmed it, and edited it, making this a unique production and perhaps can rightfully claim to be an example of 'South African Auteur Cinema'.

An interesting aspect is that location was without electricity, so the film was shot almost entirely in natural light. Night scenes were lit by firelight and paraffin lamps, with only one LED lamp as backup.

The Cederberg area is famous for its starry skies. In the outdoor dancing scene, a real shooting-star can be seen in the background. Daytime temperatures were sometimes well into the 40's (celsius), adding to the challenges.

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location

Our location on Petersfield farm. Citrusdal is very close, but hidden by the hill. This photo was taken in August 2013. We started filming in January, after a fire had swept through the area, burning much of the green vegetation.