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The Final Cut  |  Wednesday 7 June 2017 10:00

THE FINAL CUT

The Final Cut is SABC 3’s very own reality show that takes the viewer through 13 episodes of melodramatic acting challenges and competitive angst in the search for two new faces to grace beloved dramas across SABC platforms. The Final Cut will make its debut on Monday, 26 June at 19:30 on SABC 3.
The SABC is looking for two new faces to fill the shoes of two new characters to brace the screens in one of SABC’s prominent dramas. This competitive driven reality show is on the search for new raw talent with one ultimate goal: they have the need to act on SABC.

Following our resident judges’ nationwide the audition search took place in Pietermaritzburg, East London and Pretoria. Fourteen of the hottest undiscovered actors will be brought to the sets of SABC’s dramas to face the definitive actors’ challenge.
The Final Cut is hosted by actor and presenter Lawrence Maleka while resident judges include SAFTA award winning actress and casting director Karin Van Der Laag, actress and film director Mmabatho Montsho and filmmaker and Director Thabang Moleya.  
Each week, the top 14 actors will be put through episodic acting challenges that will test their craft.  Challenges include learning a script in 15 minutes; pulling of a romantic love scene; character improvisation; character makeovers; and so much more.

The competition gets heated as our judges make the gruelling decision to cut one actress and one actor in each challenge episode. Tensions run high as the series progresses with fewer actors in sight on that big prize – to make the final casting cut on one of SABC’s primetime dramas.

Meet the host and the judges:

Lawrence Maleka – Host
Lawrence Maleka is a South African actor and presenter best known for hosting the reality competition series Clash of the Choirs South Africa. He was previously the co-host of the AfricaMagic Entertainment celebrity gossip show Star Gist, from 2012-2014. Lawrence got his start as presenter of The Gadget Show on community TV station Soweto TV, in 2009. He hosted a number of other shows for the broadcaster, including Ziyamporomo and Street Radio. In 2011 he hosted a below the line promo show called Coca Cola Happiness and in 2014 he was one of the celebrity contestants on the game show I Love South Africa, appearing in Season 1. In May 2015 he replaced Fezile Makhanya as the presenter of the lottery game show Lotto Powerball. Also in 2015, he had a recurring role as Don Webster on the third season of the soapie isiBaya. In late 2015 it was announced that he was replacing Bonang Matheba as host of the reality competition series Clash of the Choirs South Africa.
On 9 September, 2016 he made his debut as the new co-host of the youth and lifestyle music show Club 808, joining Boity Thulo.

Karin Van Der Laag – Judge
Karin started her television acting career at 7-years-old in the SABC Christmas production They Came from Afar. She is best known for the 12 years she had played the role of Maggie in the SABC 3 soap Isidingo. TV acting experience includes roles in Zero Tolerance, Going Up, Hard Copy, Justice for All, Sorted in South Africa. International series include: Cape Town, The Three Investigators and Wild at Heart.  International movies include The Story of an African Farm opposite Richard E Grant. Karin also performed in international movies Les Deux Mondes, Hoodlum and Son, Hey Boy, God is African and short films, The Witness and Hermit Rose. Karin has an extensive cv in theatre including many musicals. Karin is an accomplished singer and pianist. Karin one the SAFTA AWARD for BEST ACTRESS IN A SOAP in 2011 for Isidingo. In 2008 Karin was nominated for the People Magazine’s Crystal Award for Best Actress in a Soap Opera. In 2003 she was nominated for an Avanti Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Soap Opera. She won the FNB National Vita award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Comedy role and was nominated for another FNB Vita Award for Most Outstanding Performance in Musical Theatre. She also won both the FNB Vita Award and the Fleur du Cap award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Karin has a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Drama and English from the University of Cape Town and a Performer’s Diploma in Speech and Drama. Behind the scenes Karin is a casting director for numerous production companies. Karin works as a judge, coach and mentor for the National Eistedfod Association, The South African National Community Theatre Association (SANCTA) and Talent Africa.

Mmabatho Montsho – Judge
Mmabatho is an actress, director, online content producer and screenwriter. Her career began as an actress in 2004. Her most recent acting projects include award winning (DIFF 2015) short film uNomalanga & the Witch in which she plays Nomalanga, as well as the lead role in the box office success, Happiness is a Four Letter Word. In 2008, after writing and producing her first short film, Mmabatho trained in studio multi-camera directing. She went on to complete a filmmaking course at New York Film Academy in Los Angeles in 2011. In 2012 Montsho directed her first for- TV film titled Your Move!, a romcom adaptation of the novel A Man Worth Knowing. Montsho then joined the award nominated directing team at Scandal! Until 2014. In August 2015 Montsho produced and broadcast a critically acclaimed web series, "Women on Sex" which interrogates the politics of sex and gender. Women on Sex has been listed as the one of the top 9 web series in Africa and the diaspora to watch by Okay Africa & Dynamic Africa, while also featuring in Buzz Feed’s “series to watch”, Women on Sex was also featured on BBC Trending. In the same year she wrote and directed a short film The Groom's Price, which interrogated gender and tradition through the practice of lobola, as part of the NFVF female filmmaker slate. In 2017, Montsho became lead director for SABC 3’s drama series Thula’s Vine and then went on to join the directing team on critically acclaimed pan-African drama MTV Shuga in 2017. Besides directing, Mmabatho is also a scriptwriter who has successful dramas and short films under her belt, including the record breaking Lockdown and The Groom’s Price which ranked in the top 8 SABC AR’s in its month of screening. She is passionate about gender equality, sexuality and issues of social justice.

Thabang Moleya – Judge
Born in the humble township of Tembisa, South Africa, Thabang Moleya was inspired from an early age to appreciate art and film. In his first year of high school, M-NET hired him to be a presenter on K-T.V and here he found that he loved being in front of, and behind the camera. He and two friends were granted access to the post-production facilities and equipment, and they started experimenting with making short films. Thabang’s numerous achievements include Best Short Film at Sithenghi Film Festival (Jameson Award), a nomination in the Durban International Film Festival and winning numerous awards for Public Service Announcements in Dubai and South Africa (VUKA AWARDS), Cannes International Critic Week, Tampere Film Festival in Finland, 16th Africa Film Festival in Milan (as well as having the privilege of being the youngest director to ever compete in that Festival).

Television: Interrogation Room; TV Shows & Films Directed: JOZI H, Jacobs Cross (2007), The LAB, Zone 1, Sokhulu and Partners, Montana (2009), Happiness is a 4-Letter Word (2016).

THE FINAL CUT CONTESTANTS
The Final Cut SABC 3’s very own reality show has taken the viewer through f melodramatic acting challenges and competitive angst in the search for two new faces to grace beloved dramas across SABC platforms.

The SABC is looking for two new faces to fill the shoes of two new characters to brace the screens in one of SABC’s prominent dramas. This competitive driven reality show is on the search for new raw talent with one ultimate goal: they have the need to act on SABC.

Following our resident judges’ nationwide the audition search took place in Pietermaritzburg, East London and Pretoria. Fourteen of the hottest undiscovered actors have been brought to the sets of SABC’s dramas to face the definitive actors’ challenge.

The Final Cut is hosted by actor and presenter Lawrence Maleka while resident judges include SAFTA award winning actress and casting director Karin Van Der Laag, actress and film director Mmabatho Montsho and filmmaker and Director Thabang Moleya.  

Each week, the top 14 actors will be put through episodic acting challenges that will test their craft.  Challenges include learning a script in 15 minutes; pulling of a romantic love scene; character improvisation; character makeovers; and so much more.  

The competition gets heated as our judges make the gruelling decision to cut one actress and one actor in each challenge episode. Tensions run high as the series progresses with fewer actors in sight on that big prize – to make the final casting cut on one of SABC’s primetime dramas.
Meet the 14 hopeful contestants:

1. Andisa Mpisi
Born in Kokstad (KZN). Grew up alternating between Umzimkhulu (mother’s hometown) and Bizana (father’s hometown) . During her teenage years her parents bought a house in Pietermaritzburg, where the family moved and she attended Alexandra High School. Her father passed away when she was in Grade 10 (2007). She moved to Johannesburg in 2009 to pursue her Bachelor of Arts Degree at WITS. After her studies she moved back to PMB. She raised money and travelled all the way to E. London, from PMB to audition.

2. Asanda Hanabe
Asanda comes from Fort Beaufort, (E. Cape) which is the birth place of her parents. Her parents never married after having her sister and her. She was raised by her step dad and they moved around a lot because he was enlisted in the army. At some point they settled in Potchefstroom where she went to school at Potch Girls High. Her mother passed away when she was doing her matric in 2007. She didn’t deal well with her passing but always found solace in the arts, dancing, acting and singing. This is what kept her from totally falling apart. She’s since moved back to Fort Beaufort, living in the home where her mother was raised. She shares this house with her uncle, his wife and two children as well as her daughter.

3. Bulelwa Ndaba
She’s the youngest of 4 siblings. Very big on family and comes from a close knit unit. She’s the youngest of 4 siblings, dad and siblings play big role in her life. Mom and dad are big supporters. Early childhood memories revolve around celebrating holidays and the lengths her mom went to, to ensure that they were memorable i.e her mom baking bread during Easter holidays etc.

4. Cebo Zikhali
From Empazana (KZN) and the first child for both his parents who never married. His family moved to Pietermaritzburg in 2001 and it is here that he discovered his love for acting.

5. Duncan Pike
Lives with both his parents and sisters. Grew up being surrounded by theatre and the arts and knew that this is what he wanted to do some day. Getting a BA in Drama helped shape his craft and now he is at the stage where he is working on growing as a performer.

6. Tania Kera Kubwimani
Born in Kenya to Rwandan parents who fled the war in 1994. Has two brothers, one older and the other younger than her. The family moved to SA in 1998. They came to South Africa with no belongings and less than R200 and they built themselves up. Her parent’s biggest dream is to see their children succeed.

7. Kirsten Mohamed
Born and raised in Johannesburg by her parents Rodney and Crystal Mohamed. Has two siblings, Kylie and Riaz. She is the eldest. Although they spent most of their lives in Johannesburg they also lived in Polokwane for a while due to her father’s job. She attended St Theresa’s in Rosebank and then attended Marist Brothers’ Linmeyer, a Catholic co-ed school. It was there that she discovered her love for performing. She was encouraged by her Dramatic Arts teacher to pursue this. Previously she had been a very shy scholar and had considered a career as a Lawyer and a recreational writer.

8. Lebohang Msiza
He grew up with both parents, has an older sister and a brother and is the last born. His parents are Godly. Although he’s generally a motivated person, he lost this spark when he went to varsity to study accounting. He couldn’t fit in and felt lost and was unhappy, especially when he realized that accounting wasn’t what he wanted to do. Finding himself meant losing his path a little and it was only after he pursued his passion that he found his feet again. And here we are…

9. Lerato Mofokeng Makhetha
He’s the middle child, with 2 older siblings and 2 younger ones. Born in Soweto. At the age of 1 he, his 4 siblings and family moved to New York, USA where his father was awarded a scholarship to study at Columbia University. They returned to South Africa 4 years later and he attended Sacred Heart College. His formal music studies began in primary school at the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School and his experience in drama performance was shaped in high school at the National School of the Arts. After matriculating he began his career as a professional session musician playing the piano and singing back-up for artists like Tuks Senganga, JR, Maxhoba, Unathi and many more. He has also played significant roles in a number of local films over the years. Married and has a 4-year-old-daughter. He and his wife will be celebrating their 7th wedding anniversary in September.

10. Lungele Mvulana
Lives in Jozi, originally from E. Cape. The eldest of 2 children. Has 2 younger sisters. Raised by his grandmother. His mom had him when she was 18, and therefore was away most of his childhood; schooling and working. One of the reasons he started writing poetry and acting is he felt alone and very misunderstood. He was also bullied a lot as a child and this only changed after he joined the rugby team at school. He’s lived and experienced life in poverty, middle class and upper class. Considers himself to be one of the underdogs and wants nothing more than to win.

11. Marko Germishuys
Lives in Cape Town with his mom and dad. Mom is a house wife and dad works at SARS. He is a bit of a mama’s boy (his mom sometimes brings him breakfast in bed, with little hearts made of pastry or processed meat etc.

12. Mpule Matlhola
Mpule hails from Pretoria. Studying performing arts at the moment and her parents are her biggest support. Dad encouraged her to pursue the arts after seeing how passionate she is about the industry. Describes herself as very creative and thinks her life creatively. “Unexpected, common, brave.”

13. Nasiphi Ntabeni
Born in Ngobo (E. Cape). Grew up as the only child, raised by a single mother who struggled to make ends meet. The family relocated to Cape Town in search of greener pastures. Her mom passed away in 2004 (when she was 12) and she moved in with her aunt who was also struggling to raise her own 6 children. None the less, her aunt worked hard to make ends meet and was always loving and supportive toward her and her cousins.

14. Sandile Dladla
Lives in Durban. Grew up with both his parents. Grew up loving art (specifically drawing), art history, science and physics and how (the latter) relates to everyday life. His dad’s passing in 2010 “pushed him to be independent”. He dabbled in a modelling career, but found he was more drawn to visual arts and the stage, especially via TV / film. Shares a very strong bond with his mother.
Tune in every week to to see the hopefuls battle it out to make the final casting cut on one of SABC’s primetime dramas. The Final Cut is aired every Monday at 19h30 on SABC 3 “The Stage Is Yours”.

For more information or interviews please contact the SABC 3 Publicity department.

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Issued by
Doulha Domingo
Publicity Coordinator: SABC 3
Tel. (011) 714 6269
Email: domingod@sabc.co.za


 

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