A general rule of the thumb in South Africa (where I lived for 12 years is never pick up hitchhikers because you never know who you are inviting into your life. So its surprising when Cape Town couple, Katherine and Hugh learn this lesson the hard way when they pick up a young girl carrying a rucksack, hitchhiking along the road to their mountain getaway. Wearing "Daisy Duke" denim hot pants and an air of confidence Liza entices them both down the path of temptation leading to disastrous consequences.
What is this beautiful soul robber doing, standing all alone in the natural wilderness that surrounds her? Where has she come from? A lot of questions need answering. Things begin to come clear when Liza tells them that she's from " nowhere" and that walking's been a"blast" with sarcasm but that changes when she finds out who they are and what they do as they head to their weekend getaway home set amidst the Cederberg.
Girl from Nowhere is Mark Jackson's first full-length feature is South Africa's first attempt to follow the genre of "The girl..." with lots of saucy "bits" and plenty of tension. With this being an indie-erotic thriller, naturally there's going to be a lot of flirting, though Kate and Hugh are oblivious to the danger they've brought into their lives. This story involves 3 people and a gun.
Kate (Tamryn Speirs), is looking for for a change of life in life. She is a movie producer working on a script that Hugh has written, with Hugh as a star. Kate becomes fascinated with Liza, despite being jealous of her infatuation with Hugh.
Hugh (Scot Cooper), on the other hand is a young aspiring actor in TV commercials (with rather narcissistic traits), who's told his wife he's filming in the area, and wants to get ahead in the game, no matter what the costs.
The trio is rounded off by Liza (Christia Visser), South Africa's answer to Lolita perhaps? She is a feisty, manipulative, quick witted girl who has trouble on her face from the minute you meet her. She'd actually been in one of Master actress Tamryn's classes and identified as a potential star. Tamryn introduced her to Mark, who then gave her this, her first movie part while she was still at acting school. Watching her in action, it's easy to see why.
This movie, with it's super gritty South African soundtrack by Nicholas Turner and Jonny Blundell cost Mark Jackson 4 years of his time. It was filmed open ai in the beautiful Cederberg region of the Western Cape of South Africa without almost any help whatsoever. It was shot in 13 days on a budget of less than R400,000, $300,000 (@ R1= 0.73c.
11/2/19) but spent three years in post production.