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A Shot at the Big Time

A Shot at the Big Time

Jimmy’s family has personal crises instead of family holidays but he finds his soul in his music. Until the army sends him his call-up papers. He has to choose between following the rules or following his heart. He decides to sing his own tune.

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A Shot at the Big Time

A Shot at the Big Time

A Shot at the Big Time is a film inspired by the true story of Janet van Eeden's brother, Jimmy, who took his own life rather than fight in the Apartheid Border War, a war he didn't believe in.

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A Shot at the Big Time

A Shot at the Big Time

A Shot at the Big Time traces the life of Jimmy and one of his friends who just happened to be black in Apartheid South Africa. They had no interest in waging war against each other - they just wanted to be rock stars. Then Jimmy received his call up papers...

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A Shot at the Big Time

A Shot at the Big Time

Jimmy’s family has personal crises instead of family holidays but he finds his soul in his music. Until the army sends him his call-up papers. He has to choose between following the rules or following his heart. He decides to sing his own tune.

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A Shot at the Big Time

A Shot at the Big Time

A Shot at the Big Time is a film inspired by the true story of Janet van Eeden's brother, Jimmy, who took his own life rather than fight in the Apartheid Border War, a war he didn't believe in.

Read More
A Shot at the Big Time

A Shot at the Big Time

A Shot at the Big Time traces the life of Jimmy and one of his friends who just happened to be black in Apartheid South Africa. They had no interest in waging war against each other - they just wanted to be rock stars. Then Jimmy received his call up papers...

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Big investments

We felt that it would be remiss not to point out that we've been blessed by two large donations for the crowdsourcing campaign for A Shot at the Big Time.

These film philanthropists (and savvy investors) each donated a figure in the thousands of dollars. We're of course very excited and grateful for these donations, but no more so than we are for even the most humble contribution to the project, as every dollar worth of funding brings us one step closer to seeing the feature length production of A Shot at the Big Time.

If you'd like to contribute to the campaign, or perhaps just learn more, feel free to visit our Indiegogo page: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-shot-at-the-big-time-the-feature
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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Shot... The Feature

A crowdfunding campaign has officially been launched in order to raise the necessary funds to produce A Shot at the Big Time as a feature film.

Owing to the success achieved in the crowdfunding campaign for the short film, Indiegogo has again been chosen as the preferred platform. In Janet's own words:

"Even though it's been four years since we raised funds for the short, the story of the feature intrigues and inspires all who hear it. Help us make this film and be part of something which will hopefully change the world for the better.
Lest we forget those who died on our borders and in wars everywhere."

For a chance to get involved and make a real difference by contributing to this exciting project - and procure some lovely perks in the process - please visit the project page here, contribute, and spread the word!
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Monday, May 4, 2015

More awards for Shot creator

Now in its second year, the WGSA Muse Awards took place recently at a glamorous and star-studded event at the Barnyard Theatre in Cresta. It was attended by leading figures and industry insiders in the South African entertainment industry, as well as representatives from headline sponsors, M-Net Corporate and the NFVF.

The audience was entertained by the double-handed banter of MC’s Wandile Molebatsi and Tyrone Keogh who joked about some of the challenges writers face. While we congratulate all of the nominees, we're particularly pleased that our own Janet van Eeden took home the award for Outstanding Achievement in writing stage plays for her script A Matter Of Time.

"This award is most gratifying, especially after the more than 18 years of incredibly hard work that have gone before this. I'm deeply grateful to the Writers' Guild of South Africa for the recognition which this award gives.
Like all good hero's journey's it started with a dream – an inciting incident, a call to adventure, or a first explosion  – which I had all those years ago, that I should write screenplays. Like all good heroes I tried to ignore the call but the universe had other ideas. Writing screenplays is a specialised skill and it took me five years of writing them badly before I began to write them well. Following the prompting of my dream at last, I wrote a screenplay and a stage play a year every single year as I began to master my craft. It took another few years before a screenplay I wrote reached the big screen. That was White Lion. I was merely a writer for hire in that scenario and I still dreamed of one of my own screenplays making it onto the screen. In the meantime, I produced the plays I'd written with the help of the National Arts Council who funded every single one of my plays, which allowed me to take them to the Grahamstown Arts Festival. I’ve thanked them so many times for allowing me to make my voice heard during those long years.
I would like to pay tribute to my parents, my mom and dad, who stood by me even though my journey didn't seem to make sense at times, my husband Richard who stoically remortgaged the house so often as I failed to make ends meet, and my three beautiful children, James, William and Caitlin who have always believed that I would make it. They truly are my best productions ever. I could not have made it this far without the support of my beloved family.
And finally, in true Hero's Journey fashion, I hope to finally pull the sword from the stone when I produce my feature film, A Shot at the Big Time, which is the story about my brother's life which I’ve been trying to tell for more than ten years. We begin shooting in July this year."

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

BlueCat Screenplay Competition

What good news as we approach Pre-Production on our feature. A Shot at the Big Time feature script has been selected for the top 10% out of 4500 in one of the most prestigious Screenplay competitions in the US. Finalists announced in two months' time.


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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Callsheet shout-out

The Callsheet - Africa's leading film industry magazine - have a wonderful write-up on Janet and A Shot at the Big Time in their January, 2015 issue.

The article offers some candid words from Janet about her background as a writer, and the events which represented the genesis of Shot's development. Some details are also divulged about Janet's latest exciting project, The Hyena in Petticoats.

Read the article and more here: http://issuu.com/thefilmmakersguide/docs/callsheet_issue_01_2015_ebook/22
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Janet's Big Time

Janet recently returned from the UK where she attended and participated at the London Screenwriters Festival (LSF) 2014 that was held October. Last year she was invited to the LSF to the Meet the Experts panel for which she pitched her feature film A Shot at the Big Time.

The short promo for the feature secured a number of nominations and won at eThekwini Film Awards 2013 for Best Cinematography. The short film was chosen to screened at the Cannes Film Festival 2014 which took place in May and support and mentorship was offered to Janet during this process by Anant and Sanjeev Singh.

Read more about Janet's experiences in a Q&A on the AFDA website here!
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Can-do Spirit

In her recent article in the Sunday Independent, our own Janet ruminates lucidly on her experience at Cannes, as well as the positive attention which the recent honour attracted, including a mention in the prestigious Hollywood Reporter.

Grab a copy of the article here, and enjoy the inimitable wit and perspicacity which has carried our project to France and back.
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More film festival recognition

Still whirling from our success at Cannes, we're pleased to announce that A Shot at the Big Time has been nominated at the Independent Mzansi Short Film Festival in categories including Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

The Festival itself runs from the 25th until the 29th of June, 2014, and we're proud to be in the distinguished company of other local filmmakers.
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Cannes update


As an update to our former flirting with the idea of an appearance at Cannes, A Shot at the Big Time has been has been selected for the Cannes Court Metrage, the short film corner of the official Cannes Festival 2014!

"This honour is something which I have dreamed of since I began to make A Shot at the Big Time, the short," says Van Eeden. "I’d given up on the dream recently and am working hard at present raising funds to make the feature film by the end of the year, so when I heard late on Thursday night that we’d been accepted I was over the moon."

At Cannes, short films are represented at the Competition, at the end of which the short films Jury awards a Palme d’or, and at the Short Film Corner, a professional area for meeting people, exchanging ideas and promoting films. Cannes Court M├ętrage brings these two entities together in a complementary dynamic in an attempt to offer an all-encompassing panorama of the young production worldwide, as well as to stimulate the creativity of short film professionals by bringing them together at workshops and conferences in an area set aside for this purpose at the Palais des Festivals.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

English girl comforts her doll in the rubble of her bomb-damaged home, 1940


I think about it, sometimes. Often while I'm outside having a walk. The sky is just there, you know? You take it for granted. It's blue, or grey, or black. Sometimes there are stars in it. It's always a vault of peace and distant beauty. Then one day to learn you can no longer trust it. That it also holds planes, and from them fall bombs.
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