The Content Showcase Extravaganza in Mauritius reached fever pitch when the stars of From Dusk Till Dawn: the series arrived at a press junket held at The Plantation Club in Mauritius.
The stars of the Robert Rodriguez-directed series coming soon to M-Net EDGE on DStv, D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz, shared the thrills of working on the show as the Gecko brothers, roles played by George Clooney and Quinton Tarantino on a popular cult film of the same name.
Cotrona also had high praise for actors and directors from the continent who have gained global exposure. “South Africa is one of the countries that has amazing actors and directors. I’m a huge Sci-Fi fan and I love the way Neil Blomkamp takes high concepts and grounds them in reality,” he said.
“If you’re talented and good at what you do, you can make it anywhere – it’s about being there and being right for the part,” was Holtz’ encouraging advice for aspiring African actors. “I’m 15 years into my career – I started when I was 13 or 14. It took me a long time of living in Los Angeles and auditioning to get a part – and now I’m in a series that is traveling around the world! There’s no definitive timeframe for success – just believe it, do it, and stick with it until you get it!” Quizzed about whether he would take on a role, telling African stories, he said he would work with anyone, from any country, if the story he was presented with was good and the director and his fellow cast were talented. “Whether from Africa, Europe, anywhere – I’d love to work with any team I thought had an important story to tell, and would tell it well.”
The duo discussed their love for the original From Dusk Till Dawn film, and paid tribute to director Robert Rodriguez for his vision and ability to bring a fresh perspective to a 20 year-old film, on the small screen.
Both Zane and D.J. invited From Dusk Till Dawn fans from the continent to reach out to them on social media. Tweet them on @DJCotrona and @zaneholtz, and tag @DStv to find out more about the hit show that is coming soon to M-Net Edge.
The MultiChoice Africa Content Showcase is a dynamic 5-day content extravaganza, which sees a host of DStv’s biggest channels, including Sony, SuperSport, Zee World, A+E, Disney, MTV Base, BET, Comedy Central, BBC and M-Net previewing their latest and greatest content, soon to be seen across the video entertainment services provider’s platforms. To keep track of happenings at the MultiChoice Africa Content Showcase, follow @multichoice_africa on Instagram, @mcashowcase on Twitter, or via #OnlyTheBest.