Mara Louw Throw A Bombshell at Furgerson Films in Parliament

Mara Louw Throw A Bombshell at Furgerson Films in Parliament

Mara Louw

Why am I saying that was a low blow to the family is because they are the ones with intellectual property rights of all the shows that are on the television in Mzansi Magic, and almost everyone else was working for them but later on envy became a commonality amongst a lot of actors that were working for the studio.

Louw went to the national assembly and told them openly with the passion that actors should be paid royalties instead of salaries, but most of them do not have the courage to be bosses where you might give your best work but it will be underappreciated so the plays on Netflix might really be less so is the revenue which means the studio will no longer take any risks but them, the deal might have to be structured in a different manner so they work for everyone including the studio, the artists and the person that owns the station or platform.

Iconic singer and actress Mara Louw broke down in tears as she begged MPs to urgently pass laws that would ensure artists received royalties for their work.

Louw detailed the daily struggles of artists who she said had since the advent of Covid-19 become recipients of food parcels as other people made money out of their work.

“It’s a crying shame,” she said.

She was appearing before the National Assembly’s portfolio committee on trade, industry and competition to make a submission on the Copyright Amendment Bill and the Performers’ Protection Amendment Bill.

In an impassioned speech, Louw said that despite being in the creative industry for 50 years and having starred in productions that were being repeated on TV across the continent, she did not earn royalties for any of her work.

As an example, the 69-year-old Louw told MPs that while she played a leading role in the 1991 movie Taxi to Soweto, which has been repeated many times on TV, and while she even bought herself a copy of its DVD from a reputable DVD shop, she has never received royalties from the film.

She said this was the case for many other artists, including those who died without fully benefiting from their work.

“I am here to represent thousands of artists in the country who are struggling to put food on the table. You read about us in the media; our cars and houses being repossessed, having depression, and, finally, dying poor.

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“We become the joke of the nation. People say we are irresponsible. I am not irresponsible,” she said.

She said the only recognition artists received was being honored by the government with an expensive casket and beautiful décor at their funerals.

“Yet our work is still enjoyed by many viewers, including yourselves, honorable members,” she said.

Louw broke down in tears as she told MPs of her disappointment in the democratic government, which she suggested was treating artist the same way as the apartheid regime did.

“The apartheid regime was cruel to us and I don’t expect the current democratic government to treat me the same way. Today I’m disappointed that in the democratic government of the people, by the people, the art sector is not even on the radar of your priorities,” she said.

“It has taken so long for you to just make a final decision with regards to this amendment bill and for us actors and performers to get our due royalties.”

Louw said she hasn’t earned a salary since 2017 and depended on family and friends for financial help as her savings had run out.

“But if I was getting my royalties for all the work shown on television, I wouldn’t be here talking to you, pleading with you,” she said.


Source: Tmeslive