An interview with the producer of “Zulu Dawn”. This epic cinema production about the Battle of Isandlwana is about the defeat of British forces by an overwhelming force of 25 thousand Zulu warriors in 1879. As Pete Myers, the producer of our Africa magazine programme “Afroscene” explains in the introduction, it was not easy to mobilize such a large army of cheap extras, unless you went to Africa, namely South Africa. “Zulu Dawn”, filmed in Zululand in Natal Province, was surrounded by scandal when it emerged that the black extras were being poorly paid and lived under unsanitary and cramped conditions in comparison to their white counterparts on the film set. More details in this interview with the film’s producer Nate Kohn made in London by Ann Bolsover for Radio Netherlands “Afroscene”.
Presented by Pete Myer
Afroscene broadcast May 14, 1979