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Where most see trash, Larry sees opportunity.

As South Africa’s unemployment rate soars high, those at the bottom of the economy are building a better future for Johannesburg’s ecology.

This documentary hopes to bring awareness to the informal recyclers and their contribution to sustainability and environmental consiousness in Johannesburg.

  • Reilly Archer-Whelan
  • Paul Ramaema
  • Reilly Archer-Whelan
  • Paul Ramaema
  • Larry Carelse
    Key Cast
  • Lehlohonolo Mokata
    Key Cast
  • Twala Mathe
    Key Cast
  • Sean Jefferis
    Sound Designer
  • Audiophile Post Production
    Sound Studio
  • Nic Apostoli
  • Comfort & Flame
    Colour House
  • Scottnes Smith
    Creative Consultants
  • Suzanna Ramaema
    Creative Consultants
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  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 29 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 20, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    300 AUD
  • Country of Origin:
    South Africa
  • Country of Filming:
    South Africa
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Director Biography - Reilly Archer-Whelan, Paul Ramaema

A Johannesburg based director, Paul is a multi-faceted TV commercials; music video and branded content director with the strong ability of bringing any idea to life. From the influential experience of having worked alongside a plethora of industry directors as a creative contributor, this is what gives his distinct style its unique attribute and approach in treating each project with its own personality and nuanced style. A 2019 gold ProMax winner for Best TV promo; 2019’s CICLOPE Africa nominee for new talent and a 2x SAMA (South African Music Award) award nominee for best music video. His elaborate understanding of youth culture and social relevance are key contributors in elevating his work and giving each film the high-end appeal and premium value it requires both aesthetically and visually. This has led him to working on and with some of South Africa’s most iconic brands and artists, making him one of the country’s young and sought-after directors. Paul has been featured in numerous digital online publications including Source Creative, ScreenAfrica and between10and5 to mention a few. An avid creative who enjoys music, photography, film and people and the creative arts. It is his extroverted, yet calm and kind personality which people are drawn to and enjoy about his collaborative creative process. An advocate for meditation and health and wellness. He is a firm believer in attracting the sort of work that embodies his lifestyle from a social and interpersonal context, enabling him to create from a place of inspiration, mindfulness and passion.

Reilly is an Australian director and cinematographer. She is the founder and Creative Director of Melbourne-based film company, RAW Films - a dynamic video production agency that produces stand out creative content to help businesses engage with their audience.

Reilly has had a diverse and multifaceted journey through film production which has allowed her to specialise in multiple avenues of content creation and execution. She is often employed for her ability to overlap in various roles on productions and campaigns (ranging from producing, through to camera operating, directing, and editing).

After graduating from Swinburne University with a Bachelors Degree in Film, Reilly has been shooting short documentaries both in Australia and abroad. Her interest in social activism has lead her to create works around the refugee crisis in Australia, class struggle in South Africa and the looming mass extinction disaster. Her latest work, The Last Extinction, premiered at Melbourne Documentary Film Festival in 2020.

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Director Statement

This documentary was shot with the hopes of bringing awareness to the informal recyclers and their contribution to sustainability and environmental consciousness, specifically in Johannesburg. By being mindful and kind to the reclaimers, we inadvertently become kind towards our city. Making strides towards a last and attractive change, one that aims to leave an impactful solution in shaping the future of environmental care. Thank you to the kind people who contributed in unique ways towards the creation, implementation and completion of this film.