The Whale Caller

The Whale Caller
An enchanting romantic-comedy of sorts told with poetry and magic. Since childhood the Whale Caller has been calling the Whales to Hermanus and seems more in love with a whale he named Sharisha than the woman who loves him. Will he be brave enough to connect with humanity again, and brave enough to love?

107 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Language, Sex, Drug abuse).
Drama, South African, On the art circuit.
Flipping whales.
Flipping whales.


Amrain Ismail-Essop, Sello Maake Ka-Ncube
Zola Maseko
ScreenplayZola Maseko, from the novel by Zakes Mda
MusicPops Mohamed
CinematographyMiles Goodall
EditingNic Goodwin
Made in2016
Produced byBlack Roots Films, Stage 5 Films

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

LanguageModerate, frequent, contextual
ViolenceLow, infrequent
Drug abuseNone (sic)
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Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say
Gabi Zietsman quote iconIf you have a strong tolerance for the obscure and weird, then perhaps The Whale Caller will appeal to your tastes, but it will struggle to find an audience outside of the cinephile circles. It did very well at the Durban Film Festival and won the Best African Film award at last year's Joburg Film Festival, but I think it might be a case like the Oscars -- critics may love it but the masses won't.

Average .. 25%



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