The seaside town of Hermanus became a movie set this week with the filming of “The Whale Caller”.

Based on the acclaimed book of the same title by Zakes Mda and adapted for the screen by Zola Maseko, the story is about a kelp-horn-blowing man who seems to be deeply drawn to a very particular whale.

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Regular SAPeople contributor I Love Hermanus was there! Source: Twitter.

Locals from the town that’s famous the world over for its whale-watching came by the set to wish the movie crew welcome to Hermanus.

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Source: Whale Caller Facebook page.

According to the site Callsheet, the “hotly anticipated” movie “tells the story of a love triangle between the titular Whale Caller, his beloved whale Sharisha, and Saluni, the village drunk who teaches him to open his heart to people again”.


In its Indiegogo profile, the producers said the movie is “about whales and nature. But above all, it is about people”.

I Love Hermanus pic of The Whale Caller movie being filmed
Photos by I Love Hermanus: “Day three of filming of The Whale Caller in Hermanus yesterday. A proudly South African production by Media Film Service of the iconic novel by acclaimed South African author Zakes Mda. As you probably know we have our own Whale Crier in Hermanus and if I am not mistaken, we are the only Town in South Africa to have one. Can’t wait to see the final cut on the big screen and we are so stoked that it is being shot in Hermanus.”

David Dison talks about ‘The Whale Caller’ earlier this year