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source: allAfrica
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COLUMN
17 July 2007
Posted to the web 17 July 2007

As I said to my editor last week, I’m very excited at the moment because it looks like things are really on the ‘up’ in this country. What with the diamond manufacturing industry getting a hold, the boom in minerals in the north and now a possible fledgling film industry in the making-things are look promising! Clearly, the Alexander McCall-Smith literary bandwagon continues to roll along and with it the international interest in this country increases by the day. In all, and despite the moans of those that feel such financial subsidies are better used elsewhere in Botswana, this project of bringing the filming to the country is a major achievement by government and the department of Tourism.

For it’s now understood in this modern world that many aspiring countries have to frequently produce cash incentives to attract business-and films are big business! And this is also good news for the hundreds of young and well-educated Batswana still seeking gainful employment in various allied skills across the land.

After all, this is no second rate low budget organisation. Anthony Minghella is one of the world’s top film directors and has [continue reading]

source: news24

Gaborone – The help of a Botswana sangoma was enlisted to predict the viability of a new movie based on the best-selling book The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, its producer has said.

The prophet divined that the film, to be shot in the southern African nation and based on the book by Alexander McCall Smith, would be a huge success, Amy J Moore told a news conference on Tuesday evening.

“About a year ago, I was in Gweta scouting for the movie with Anthony Minghella, our director…We met with a very old man – a sangoma (traditional healer),” she said.

The film managers decided to seek divine intervention from the “wise spirits” following six years of planning the movie.

“We all sat huddled around him, for we had been told he was a very wise sangoma. He handed me the (animal) bones and instructed me to ask them a question.

“I asked about the movie, what was about to happen, how would it turn out. After I threw the bones, through a translator, the sangoma said to me: ‘It is going to be a very long journey, but a very successful journey,'” she said.

So far, the diviner has been [continue reading]

source: BOPA
05 July, 2007

GABORONE – Botswana has invested about P31 million (US$5 million) in the filming of a movie The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency film and television series.

The Weinstein Company will begin shooting the film on July 9. Places identified for filming include Gaborone, Gabane, Tlokweng, Mochudi and the Okavango Delta.

The movie will go on to become a 13 episode television series. The film is based on Alexander McCall Smiths global best selling The No.1 Ladies Detective Series, which marks a milestone in the history of Botswana.

Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Mr Kitso Mokaila says the production will not only help promote the tourism sector but create employment opportunities for Batswana.

He says the film will help sell Botswana because of its geographical location as, countries surrounding it always overshadow it.

He says the film presents a rare opportunity that will help fast track awareness on Botswana as a preferred tourism destination than the book has already created to the world.

Tourism is a very competitive sector. It serves as identity of people and the country. Thus the movie will help highlight the identity of the country. This is a real situation which will put Botswana on the map, he says.

Mr Mokaila negotiated for the shooting of the film to take place in Botswana by lobbying with [continue reading]

source: yahoo movies
Thursday July 5     7:25 AM ET

Botswana welcomed a crew making a film of a popular series of detective novels set in this southern African country, with officials saying the movie would generate good publicity for Africa.

The film based on the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith is expected to be released by Christmas, and has the backing of Botswana’s government.

“Africa for the first time will be shown in its true warmth and welcoming spirit,” Kitso Mokaila, Botswana’s tourism minister, said at a Tuesday news conference.

Singer Jill Scott has been selected to play the lead role of Ramotswe, described in the books as “traditionally built,” a reference to the more fuller figures of southern African women.

The film will be directed by award-winning British director Anthony Minghella of “Cold Mountain” and “The English Patient” fame.

Myra Sekgororoane, chief [continue reading]

source: Watch Oktanetv
Posted on 07/04/2007, 05:09
By SELLO MOTSETA Associated Press Writer

Botswana Gets Hollywood Treatment As a Popular Detective Series Is Turned Into a Film

Botswana welcomed a crew making a film of a popular series of detective novels set in this southern African country, with officials saying the movie would generate good publicity for Africa.

The film based on the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith is expected to be released by Christmas, and has the backing of Botswana’s government.

“Africa for the first time will be shown in its true warmth and welcoming spirit,” Kitso Mokaila, Botswana’s tourism minister, said at a Tuesday news conference.

Singer Jill Scott has been selected to play the lead role of Ramotswe, described in the books as “traditionally built,” a reference to the more fuller figures of southern African women.

The film will be directed by award-winning British director Anthony Minghella of “Cold Mountain” and “The English Patient” fame.

Myra Sekgororoane, chief executive officer of the Botswana Tourism Board, said Smith’s books already have increased Botswana’s international profile, and the movie would do so even more, bringing more visitors to the country. The movie also was expected to generate about 1,500 jobs for actors and film technicians in Botswana.

American producer Amy Moore said at [continue reading]

source: Reuters
By Gregg Kilday

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Botswana is going Hollywood.

The African nation is joining forces with the Weinstein Co. on “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,” which Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella (“The English Patient”) will start shooting there on Monday.

Designed as a TV movie that could spin off into a series, “Agency” is the first major production to shoot in its entirety in Botswana. The government has invested $5 million in the film, according to sources familiar with the project

In a statement, Botswana said it [continue reading]

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source: BOAP
26 June, 2007

GABORONE – About 500 Batswana turned up for auditions as extras on Saturday in the up-coming movie and series The No. 1 Ladies Detective Series at Legae Academy on Saturday.

The Movie based on Alexander MCall Smiths book: The No. 1 Ladies Detective Series will be filmed locally between July and September.

Extras Coordinator, Andrew Shand of Precious Film said people who will act as extras need not be professional actors.

These are the people who will be appearing on the background to make the movie real. Anyone between five years and 80 was welcomed.

These are the people who will be walking up and down, sitting in restaurants, driving cars, doing some shopping or walking on the side ways.

They will be paid P75 as daily fee. Those selected as extras will work a 12 hour day when required.

Mr Shand said though most of those who turned up are the youth and the not so old people aged between 40 and 55 years.

We still have to go to the villages and the churches to cast for older people who are between 60 and 80 years, he said.

He said the filming of the movie which will later be turned into a television series is expected to begin next week.

Most of the filming will be done at night. This will be done in and around Gaborone, he said.

Of the people who came for the casting is the Kubi family from Mochudi.

Fifty year old Joyce Kubi came with her two daughters and four grandchildren.

She beams with excitement explaining how [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

EDITORIAL
25 June 2007
Posted to the web 26 June 2007

There has been a buzz around the city of Gaborone since the first group of the crew that will ultimately film the production based on Ian McCall Smith’s popular novels about Mma Ramotswe.

This buzz is obviously exciting for the professionals within the film industry but as many filmmakers always assert, film and TV are collaborative undertakings. A film like this forthcoming production requires a myriad of professionals – from construction workers through set designers – to wardrobe, music composers and even painters. As such, film productions have the potential to revamp economies in the communities where they are shot.

We take this opportunity therefore to pay tribute to the team, which made a conscious decision to incorporate young professionals in this country into their production. We are sure their input will definitely add that much needed “Botswana look and feel” which the writer and the director seem to be working towards. We think their enterprise is a move in the right direction and we hope our young professionals find it worthwhile to learn as much as they can.

However, we also see wider implications for [continue reading]

source: MovieWeb
Sunday, June 24th, 2007

Alexander McCall Smith’s novel The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is being adapted for the screen by Anthony Minghella. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dreamgirls co-star Anika Noni Rose will be joining Jill Scott in the film.

Rose will play Grace Makutsi, the secretary/assistant detective to Jill Scott’s Precious Ramotswe. Precious owns a Botswana-based detective agency run exclusively by women.

A TV series based on the film is also in the works, though nothing is set in stone at this time. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency starts shooting in the fall. MovieWeb

see also: Anika Noni Rose Joins Minghella’s ‘Detective Agency’

source: BOPA
22 June, 2007

GABORONE – Locals will benefit financially and gain experience from the making of the movie The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency about to be shot in Botswana.

The first ever Hollywood movie to be filmed in the country has attracted local fashion designers, actors and extras.

Extras Coordinator ,Andrew Shand of Precious Films said in an interview that they are looking for about 500 people to take part as extras in the movie directed by Anthony Mingehella..

We are looking for at least 500 people. They should be ordinary people.

Family groups are also required. These are the people who will be appearing in the background to make the move real, he said.

He said being part of the movie will provide an extraordinary experience and economic benefit for those selected.

He said people required as extras need not be actors and anyone between 5 and 80 years is welcome.

These are the people who will be walking up and down, sitting in restaurants, driving cars, doing some shopping or walking on the side ways.

They will be paid P75 as daily fee, said Mr Shand.

He said those selected as extras must be able to work a 12 hour day when required.

Mr Shand said casting will take place at Legae Academy on Saturday from 9am until 15 00 hours.

Meanwhile RnB singer Jill Scot will play the role of Precious Ramotswe, the main character in the book.

The movie is based on [continue reading]

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source: Scotsman.com News
TIM CORNWELL ARTS CORRESPONDENT (tcornwell@scotsman.com)

SHE was voted one of the world’s most beautiful women and her extraordinary vocal skills have won her two coveted Grammy awards.

Now the American jazz and blues singer Jill Scott, 35, faces the challenge of playing the “traditionally built” Botswana heroine of The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.
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Scott has won the central role in the television series of the adventures of Precious Ramotswe, penned by the Edinburgh author Alexander McCall Smith, it was confirmed yesterday.

A 90-minute pilot costing £20 million is being filmed in Botswana, where the stories of Mma Ramotswe, the philosophical but persistent lady detective, are set. It is directed by Anthony Minghella, who made The English Patient.

The shortlist for the role is said to have included the rap star and actress Queen Latifah, as well as the former Botswanan minister of health, after a sustained effort to find a Botswanan actress.

But a publicist for author Alexander McCall Smith confirmed Ms Scott’s selection after the news began leaking out.

The screenwriter Richard Curtis, who co-wrote the script with Minghella, told The Scotsman: “I’m delighted and think she’ll be great – but I’ll know more after I’ve been to the read through in Botswana next week.

“It was Anthony Minghella who found her, and told me to check her out on the web, where she does indeed look perfect.”

Jill Scott grew up in Pennsylvania and studied to be a teacher before she began performing poetry readings.

She became a singer after [continue reading]

source: the Midweek Sun

by Baboki Kayawe

6/10/2007 6:39:07 AM (GMT +2)

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Winner of the continental Redd’s Fashion Award, Mpho Kuaho has secured a job as a wardrobe manager in the much hyped MmaRamotswe movie that will be shot soon.
Kuaho is elated at this opportunity which she says will will open doors for even greater opportunities in her field.

“I have always loved working in movies. There is more to learn in the wardrobe department,” she said. Also in the talented designer’s diary is a trip to South Africa for an internship with one of the established fashion houses there.

“I have sent a list of top fashion designers to work with, but as for now I don’t know which one I will be attached to. What I know is that the internship will be in Cape Town,” she said.

Kuaho said she is anticipating to learn a lot during her stay in Cape Town, more especially in the area of accessories. The Midweek Sun

source: Filmmaker South Africa
Production teams for the forth-coming Hollywood movie The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency is expected in Gaborone end of month to prepare for the shooting of the movie based on Alexander McCall Smith’s serialised novel.
The film script for MmaRamotswe, which was written by Anthony Mighella, has changed from the original one in the book.

While in the book, MmaRamotswe is just a simple woman addicted to Rooibos tea, the theme of the film revolves around a love story.

Executive Director of CamelThorn Media Trust, Ernst Engels, said through pre-production the team will set up an office, get their cast together both local and abroad as well as set up their crew and production staff.

“They will also organise hiring equipment, add and contract local crew, do location scouting and contract locations,” he said.

Engels said the team will also finalise the script and identify which sequence scenes will be shot before they start the actual shooting.

“The arriving, staying and working of a major film production crew from outside the country translates directly into income for the country,” he said.

Engels said while lead character, MmaRamotswe, was not selected from Botswana, the good news is that supporting actors will be given a chance while getting the experience of working in a film directed by Minghella. Filmmaker South Africa