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Gareth Crocker Chats about Jongo – A Superhero Show Rooted in the Stories of Jozi

“On our show we focus on typical Joburg stories that the main characters go through and the special effects don’t dominate the story but enhance it.”

These are the words of Gareth Crocker in an interview with Munya Vomo about his new superhero television show, Jongo.

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The author of the recently released The Last Road Trip describes the setting for the show: “The story is set in present day Joburg and we hope to spread it to Durban, Cape Town and the rest of the continent. We start in The Cradle Of Humankind and take it from there.”

Crocker chats about the challenges of the project, the exciting cast that includes hip-hop dancer Pacou Mutombo, and the importance of putting the best story forward.

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“The biggest challenge was to get the cash to push something like this. One of our friends is an investor and when we showed some of the test footage the guy gave us R5 million to kickstart the project so we don’t have to rely on a channel commissioning us and we have full creative control,” explained the co-creator.

So how will this differ from other superhero shows we have seen?

“One of my problems with big productions like the Marvel films is that they are so focused on the action scenes they forget about the story. You don’t get the human aspect of the content and we try to push that. On our show we focus on typical Joburg stories that the main characters go through and the special effects don’t dominate the story but enhance it.”

 
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