ZULU and the ZULUS - A documentary by Henry Coleman
ZULU and the ZULUS - A documentary by Henry Coleman
A new Doc shooting in KwaZulu Natal,telling the Zulus story & Featuring 26 Min of NEVER BEFORE SEEN behind the scenes footage from ZULU
A new Doc shooting in KwaZulu Natal,telling the Zulus story & Featuring 26 Min of NEVER BEFORE SEEN behind the scenes footage from ZULU Read more
About this project
"I commend Mr Henry Coleman for wanting to tell this side of the making of “Zulu”, from the perspective of the Zulu extras. It will add to the rich treasury of cinematographic history, but no doubt also to the world’s understanding of one the greatest African nations. I look forward to seeing the ‘lost footage’ and I wish him and Mr Frazer Brown every success with this project."
- PRINCE MANGOSUTHU BUTHELEZI MP
INKOSI OF THE BUTHELEZI CLAN TRADITIONAL PRIME MINISTER TO THE ZULU MONARCH AND NATION AND PRESIDENT OF THE INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY
Below is a WORLD EXCLUSIVE look at 1 minute of the lost footage:
ZULU and the ZULUS tells the behind the scenes story of the classic British Movie 'ZULU'. We will be interviewing European cast and crew and for the FIRST TIME hear the tribal ZULU actors, stuntmen and crew stories from behind the scenes.
At the heart of ZULU and the ZULUS is 26 Minutes of NEVER BEFORE SEEN 'Making of' Footage. This unique footage, not only features the films 'famous' cast and crew on set, it also includes the building of key sets in KwaZulu, Natal as well as costume design, creation and fitting, stunt work, battle scenes and much more. More importantly it is an historical record detailing the extent of contribution from the local community in bringing ZULU to life.
Outside of this documentary this footage has NEVER been seen in it's entirety.
The original 16mm silent footage has been painstakingly restored in a top post-production house in London, the result is a beautiful crisp Hi Definition reel which we will be taking to South Africa to project for the Zulu people to watch.
We will fly this footage back to Zululand and with the co-operation of Zulu Chief Buthelezi, present it to the local people who appear in the film or worked on the production, behind the scenes and in front of the camera. We will film interviews and discuss their experiences working on the film.
We will also be shooting the beauty of the South African locations in FULL 4K, when we revisit the Royal Natal National Park where Zulu was shot.
Many fans of Zulu have heard the European stories about the making of this seminal work, but no-one has ever interviewed the 2000 local Zulus hired over its production phase. We would like to bring their story to the screen.
A STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FROM
PRINCE MANGOSUTHU BUTHELEZI MP
In 2014 'ZULU' celebrated it's 50th Anniversary and remains at the top of many 'Classic' film lists. A much-loved 'holiday season' movie 'Zulu' was aired 22 times in the UK alone during December 2014.
BBC television's The One show recently recorded a retrospective piece about 'ZULU' and it's enduring legacy - A small segment of The unseen footage from Zulu and the Zulus was shown and interviews with Director Henry Coleman and Film Historian (and Zulu and the Zulus Consultant) Dr Sheldon Hall were included:
HENRY COLEMAN - DIRECTOR
Henry Coleman was born in London, but grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, where his passion for film grew, visiting his local cinema at least twice a week. As a teenager, he was taken to the Zulu battlefields by his father, whose love of Africa and African history, rubbed off on the young Coleman. He had his own 16mm copy of Zulu which he screened every few months for himself or friends. He made his first short film at the age of 13, which was broadcast on South African television, which encouraged him to go to Johannesburg Arts School where he studied Film and Drama. He made numerous short films and worked on TV commercials before returning to the UK. After working on Wardour Street for a few years, he found himself working at the British Board of Film Classification. During this time, he developed his filmmaking career, producing and directing Pigment, a short comedy about Salvador Dali. He continues to make music videos, documentaries and short films. Recent projects include directing music videos for Anna Neale, Early Cartographers, Crooked Tongues, as well as co-producing and co-directing Adam Ant Live at the Hammersmith Apollo. He recently produced the Zulu 50th Anniversary Royal Premiere film held at the Odeon Leicester Square in June 2014, featuring Prince Harry and Chief Buthelezi. He is passionate about Zulu, and is the proud owner of a plethora of original Zulu film advertising and memorabilia from around the world including the original storyboards used in production. Henry is the owner of the 'Lost Footage' behind the scenes film to be used in Zulu and the Zulus. He runs the zulufilmstore.com website and currently lives in Woking, Surrey.
FRAZER BROWN - PRODUCER
Frazer Brown is an award winning film director and producer. He has produced and invested in over 40 productions in The West End and Broadway. As a filmmaker and producer he has directed and produced numerous independent productions. - FULL BIOG SOON
DR SHELDON HALL, Phd - CONSULTANT
Sheldon Hall lectures in Stage and Screen Studies at Sheffield Hallam University and has written and taught on many aspects of the cinema. He studied Film and Literature at the University of Warwick and received his Masters and Doctorate from the University of East Anglia. A former freelance journalist, reviewing film and theatre for The Northern Echo from 1986 to 1997, he has published articles in such journals as Cinema Retro, Empire, Film History, the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, the Journal of British Cinema and Television, Iluminace, Picture House, Premiere and Viewfinder. He has also contributed to internet websites including the BFI’s ScreenOnline, Oxford Bibliographies Online, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and in70mm. He is the co-author of Epics, Spectacles, and Blockbusters: A Hollywood History (2010) and co-editor of Widescreen Worldwide (2010). Among the other books to which he has contributed are The Movie Book of the Western (1996), The British Cinema Book (2001/2009), British Historical Cinema (2002), Genre and Contemporary Hollywood (2002), The Cinema of John Carpenter: The Technique of Terror (2004), Contemporary American Cinema (2006), Directors in British and Irish Cinema: A Reference Companion (2006), Journeys of Desire: European Actors in Hollywood (2006), Seventies British Cinema (2008), The Classical Hollywood Reader (2012) and The Return of the Epic Film: Genre, Aesthetics and History in the 21st Century (2014). His book on the making of Zulu With Some Guts Behind It was updated and republished in November 2014. Sheldon provided audio commentaries for the Paramount Home Entertainment DVD and Blu-ray releases of Zulu and Once Upon a Time in the West and has broadcast widely on radio and television. Currently he is writing Armchair Cinema: Feature Films on British Television for publication by Tomahawk Press.
IAN KNIGHT - CONSULTANT
Ian Knight is internationally regarded as a leading authority on the history of the Anglo-Zulu War; he is the author of numerous books on the subject including 'Zulu Rising;The Epic Story of iSandlwana and Rorke's Drift', 'Brave Men's Blood' and 'The Anatomy of the Zulu Army'. In 2000 he worked on the first archaeological investigation of the battlefield of iSandlwana. He has advised on many TV documentaries including the BBC's 'Timewatch - Zulu,The True Story' and Channel 4's 'Secrets of the Dead; The Mystery of Zulu Dawn'.
TBA - PRESENTER / NARRATOR
APPEARING IN ARCHIVE FOOTAGE:
- HRH Prince Harry Windsor
- Sir Michael Caine
- Dickie Owen
- Stanley Baker
- Jack Hawkins
- Ulla Jacobsson
- Neil McCarthy
- Cy Endfield
- Joseph Levine
- Ivor Emmanuel
- Stephen Dade
- Burt Batt
- Robert (Bob) Porter
- John Sullivan
- Joe Powell
- David Kernan
Firstly, Thank You for considering a pledge, every penny is greatly appreciated. £30K is the bare minimum we need to bring this project to life. Your donations will help pay for Equipment, Local Crew, Travel and Post Production. We will take the 'Lost Footage' out to South Africa and interview those connected with the film in KwaZulu Natal.
We will be adding new rewards to thank you should we meet this goal. With this extra money in the budget we can
- Upgrade our equipment.
- Increase the size of our crew.
- Hire aerial camera experts to shoot aerial shots of the KwaZulu landscape.
We will also be able to secure our preferred choice for Presenter / Narrator.
Wow. Thank You. If we manage to break this barrier, the film will be a different beast entirely, we will be able to
- shoot on the best 4K equipment available
- Employ a B-Unit to capture more of the landscape
- Expand our production team both Locally and in London
- Secure our narrator/presenter for a longer amount of time
- Spend a lot longer on interviews and in post-production making the film the best it can be.
- And much, much more.
We are offering "initial' rewards for our early backers. If we manage to break through the first 'Stretch Goal' we will start adding more gifts including signed memorabilia.
- MORE REWARDS WILL BE ADDED AS WE REACH OUR VARIOUS FUNDING 'STRETCH' GOALS
ZULU and the ZULUS has already started filming. We have already shot extensive interviews with many of the people involved in the production both in front of and behind the camera. in addition Henry Coleman's footage and collection of Zulu Memorabilia has garnered national interest including the BBC and Channel 5.
We now need your help to finish the film by flying to South Africa to hear the Zulu peoples stories firsthand.
Every penny counts towards realising this ground-breaking project.
Dickie was a good friend and a great supporter of the project granting us hours of interview footage and always bringing his energetic enthusiasm.
We will be dedicating Zulu and the Zulus to his memory.
He will be greatly missed.
You can read more about Dickie and his career HERE
Risks and challenges
We hope to be shooting the South African footage within the next 6 months, followed by Post Production and eventually submission to festivals in early 2016.
This means Blu Rays and DVDs will be delivered at some point in the 3rd quarter of 2016.
Obviously there are always hurdles in productions of this type especially taking into consideration political situations that may arise at any time.
We will be keeping everyone updated regularly regarding our shooting schedule and will start a blog to document our journey.
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