Actress Sophie Lichaba has joined the stellar cast of award-winning prison drama, Lockdown. She chats to us about her new role and future plans. By Kwanele Mathebula. I joined Lockdown because it is one of the best local dramas at the moment. South African creators are often too afraid to show gritty drama. But, the show’s creator and director, Mandla N, went all out in telling the reality. That is what attracted me to it.
It took a month to shoot the show. It’s quite rare for a drama series set on location to shoot that quickly. But, the cast and crew are good at what they do, which made things easy. Also, the way the set is designed went a long way to ensuring that we shot in a short space of time and met the timelines without compromising on the quality. I enjoyed my time on set because the cast and crew welcomed me with open arms. It was as if I had been a member since season one. Also, it was great to catch up with Pamela Nomvete, whom I worked with on Generations years ago.
Working with Mandla N was an incredible experience. This is because working with a director who’s committed, open-minded, prepared and understanding is an actor’s dream. He consulted his cast, allowed input and shared the glory with his entire team. He also wasn’t just focused on making the actor look good, but also on telling the story. That was a great learning experience because some directors are afraid to tell actors if they’re not happy with certain scenes.
In other news – Longwe Twala refuses state Lawyer
It appears that Sun City prison has become a second home for the son of veteran music producer Sello “Chicco” Twala, Longwe. This after Longwe appeared briefly before the Johannesburg Central Magistrates Court yesterday on a charge of shoplifting. The matter was postponed to next month because the 35-year-old didn’t have legal representation.
He declined an offer for a free lawyer from the state and told the court that he would arrange for his own lawyer. But his father told Daily Sun today that he would not help his son with getting a lawyer. Read more