Not our story; South Africans on Oscar Pistorius Movie.

Mixed reactions towards the Oscar Pistorius movie. Amongst the other concerns people have raised. There’s the matter of the South African actors being side-lined when South African stories are being told.

The question that often arises from film practitioners and audiences alike is: why are local actors not cast in leading roles? According to media reports, both the Pistorius and Steenkamp families were not consulted during the film’s production. The way lifetime has gone about it seems a little dismissive of the country that’s so invested in the story.

The movie, titled “Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer”, was made by American entertainment channel – Lifetime.   News24 reported that the movie is due to premiere in the US next month. “A+E Networks Africa, which includes Lifetime Africa in its channel portfolio, would like to be transparent about the fact that the movie has not been seen or endorsed by the families of either Reeva Steenkamp or Oscar Pistorius,” says the distributor of the Lifetime channel in a statement.

Pistorius family battles to take Oscar movie to court. Oscar Pistorius’ brother said to media outlets, they have been struggling to move ahead with legal action against the makers of a new movie about paralympian’s life and Reeva Steenkamp’s murder. Carl Pistorius has been speaking about the family’s concerns about the movie.


By: Naledi Sikhakhane


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