The popular web series Van Adamse is set to return on 25 November 2020 for its Season 2 instalment.
With a successful first season, the mini series written by Enrico Hartzenberg, will continue to challenge South African stereotypes around the characters persons of colour are traditionally cast to play.
“We are working hard to stretch the medium and representation of ‘brown skins’ as more than just drunk, poor fools with no front teeth,” said actress Lee-Ann van Rooi.
Hartzenberg, along with Van Rooi and director Stefan Erasmus, spoke to The South African about everything you need to know about Season 2.
Writing the ‘Van Adamse’ second plot
After the Season 1 finale aired on 28 November 2019, fans were dying to know if a second season was on the cards.
Months passed and the Van Adamse team finally broke the silence by releasing a short YouTube teaser trailer in May 2020.
Hartzenberg started writing and planning again at the beginning of 2020…adamant to explore the theme of “danger, revenge and fame”.
“I stumbled on some ideas I had for Season 1 that I really wanted to implement in Season 2 and that was the vehicle that drove me,” Hartzenberg said.
Viewers can expect to see their favourite characters entering uncharted territory and being forced to do certain acts against their will — or face the consequences.
“Season 2’s writing was easier…the only challenge I experienced was making sure that I stuck to my initial vision for what I wanted ‘Van Adamse’ to be,” Hartzenberg explained.
This season will feature 10 episodes of seven to 10 minutes each, and promised to be filled with high drama and top entertainment.
Under new direction
For Season 1, the web series was under the direction of Philip F Theron, but this time around, it has been directed by actor, filmmaker and writer Stefan Erasmus.
“I was asked to initially do behind-the-scenes for Season 2, but then after some discussion, I was asked if I wanted to direct the season instead,” Erasmus said.
Erasmus saw this as an opportunity to delve into a new medium, as this is his first directing gig.
“Beyond just the skills I was learning, this experience has also made me aware of how much we need more independent filmmakers to produce work,” Erasmus said.
New characters equals more drama
With the second season comes several new drama-filled characters.
Viewers can expect to see Miss Petite South Africa 2019 winner, Zinnia Rose, play Emily, and South African actress Bianca Flanders play Elizabeth. Accompanying them, is South African producer and actress Deidre Jantjies, who will take on the role of Sara.
While nothing has been leaked about the backgrounds of these three characters, Hartzenberg teased with the following bit of intrigue.
“Adrian is played by Emily Rose van Diemel who seeks revenge thinking that the Van Adamse family killed her husband. She brings some of her family members — Santos and Bazil — along.
“They attempt to make siblings Donna [played by Safta nominee Monique Rockman] and Damen [played by Hartzenberg] fall in love with them in the hope of destroying the Van Adamse.”
Santos will be played by international model and actor Caleb Felix and Bazil will be played by South African actor Keenan Arrison.
The ‘Van Adamse’ behind-the-scenes experience
Overcoming lockdown challenges
Despite production coming to a halt until Lockdown Level 2 restrictions, the team began filming in September and wrapped up production towards the start of October.
“Producing this independently, we did not have access to any major funding to operate under the strict lockdown levels. We had to wait for a time when we could safely get back to filming,” Erasmus said.
As a result, one of the main challenges for the team had been navigating around everyone’s schedules, as actors and crew alike had to find other work due to the pandemic.
A day on the Van Adamse set is considered “crazy”, but not in the conventional sense.
Van Rooi who plays the matriarch Helen had the following to say:
“The most beautiful thing about this set is the crazy love and support and care we have for each other and the product. We are there because we want to be.”
What Van Adamse audiences can expect
Audiences can expect to see Season 1 favourites reappear, such as Helen, Damen and Donna.
“Season 2 carries on the high drama of Season 1 which audiences loved. But this time around I think we have managed to capture a humility within the characters, which provides a deeper connection,” Erasmus said.
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