Filmmaker Angus Gibson creates another great soapie to replace Isibaya
Filmmaker and executive TV director Angus Gibson will watch the eight years journey of Isibaya coming to an end next month because it makes way for brand spanking new productions like uShaka. Gibson is that the creator of Isibaya and owner of Bob Production, which uShaka is a component of its production. A story that was initially meant to run a year went on for seven more years, because of the general public demand, forcing Mzansi Magic to permit the story to continue. The daily drama series that enjoyed popularity and success, winning 25 South African TV and Film Awards (Saftas) also as 22 Royalty Soapie Awards, had to desist. Last month, the cast shot the last episode to be aired on April 5, and Gibson addressed the cast, thanking actors for bringing the story to reality. The Isibaya story worked due to many elements and characters like Samson Ndlovu (played by Bheki Mkhwane), Mpiyakhe Zungu (Siyabonga Thwala), Mandlenkosi Ndlovu (Bongani Gumede), Mkabayi Zungu (Thembi Nyandeni). Other characters that made the story worked was Skhaleni (played by Zakhele Mabasa), Pam (Lolo Mphephi), Mamthembu (Celeste Ntuli), Bhekumuzi (Melusi Mbele), Jabu Zungu (Pallance Dladla), and Lillian Nyandeni (Linda Sobezo). Sowetan met Gibson, who boasts quite 30 years of experience in film and tv, and therefore the interview was done at the Bomb Production offices in Randburg, northern Johannesburg. The 63-year-old tried to tug a brave face as he spoke about one among his successful shows ending, but you’ll see at heart it had been special. He refused to reveal how the story will end, inviting the general public to observe the finale. “I feel okay about it coming to an end. I mean… a part of me feels that the primary season should have run a year and when the audience showed interest in it there was a desire to continue. it’s been eight great years and an excellent journey which involves an end, making way for brand spanking new things just like the new show uShaka. it’s an equivalent as Yizo Yizo, i used to be willing to try to to the primary season and that we had to try to to the second season of the show thanks to high demand from the viewers and that we had to oblige,” Gibson says. “We don’t know when uShaka goes on air thanks to Covid-19 regulations. we’ve not started filming it because we cannot shoot battle shots at the instant. As soon because the Covid-19 regulations are relaxed we’ll start casting. We are using the time to continue research and hoping to start out building the sets as soon as possible..” Isibaya started sort of a house ablaze, with the general public enjoying the taxi industry wars-related storyline, polygamy and chieftainship battles while balancing rural and concrete life.