Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

I ran into @FerdiWG and his gorgeous wife @DianiGernandt at @joburgtheatre and asked what they are working on. Two of the most sincere, truly abundantly talented, down to earth people I have ever met. We spoke a bit and I asked @FerdiWG to forward me some details.

I have many teenagers in my life so, promoting a teen move – WHOOP! – I was very interested, but also protective of what the content will be… however knowing the persons behind the movie, I felt complete ease to give this movie my full support. Amazing what character can do for a couple. 🙂  @FerdiWG & @DianiGernandt – who you are speak louder than words.

I am sharing all the info available I have at present. I would love for you to share, follow, like, shout from the mountain tops – ENJOY! Help promote South African talented – PROUDLY!


Four random teenagers are pulled together by fate when they discover the two things they have in common: Superpowers! …..and one sinister neighbourhood mom. #SCARS is a teen adventure film in the vein of “I am number four” meets “The Breakfast Club” directed by the talented Ferdinand Gernandt.

Vanessa, a manipulative and sickly science-hungry woman discovers a cure in the DNA of Shane,  a young attractive but rebellious teenager and his easily seduced father, Cameron. Her desire to heal her physical condition spawns a secret science procedure that leaves any victim with a mysterious super ability.

Chloe, a soft risk-averse 15 year old girl learns that she can immobilize any form of aggression and at the same time present an answer to her victim’s deepest question. After a demoralizing experience at the school dance, Sepo, a fat, insignificant 14-year-old Zulu boy notices he has been cursed with invisibility. The hard-ass Ariana is almost raped when she is rescued by her ability to read material history. She escapes by using her attacker’s own knife against him.

Shane did not fall prey under the experimental claws of Vanessa. He was born with the ability to hear other people’s thoughts and the only thing that can free him from the noises in his head is playing on his guitar.

The supernatural plot unfolds in an array of events; Cameron is kidnapped, Chloe sets out to rescue, Fritz, her prince charming, Sepo embraces his new talent and uses his invisibility to overcome rivalry, Ariana is swept into Vanessa’s evil conspiracy, Shane learns to accept the voices in his head as they lead him to his father.

Will these four teenagers use their powers for bad or will they pull together and muster their gifts for the good in order to save their town and cease Vanessa’s unorthodox and sinister science program.

A bit about FADCreationS

FADcreationS CC was founded by producer Ferdinand Gernandt. In just a few years he has produced, directed, written & choreographed numerous projects: PRETVILLE – the musical with actors Steve Hofmeyr, Anette Engelbrecht, Emo Adams, Liz Meiring and Terrence Bridget. Indigenous Film distributors is the domestic distributor. PRETVILLE won a TEMPO award.  8 DAYS, an American feature film taking a stand against sex-trafficking with actors Todd Terry, Anthony a Kung and director Jaco Booyens – releases 2014. STERLOPERS a kykNET series to be aired locally April 2014 with actors Andre Scwartz, Philip Moolman, Nadia Beukes and Marno vd Merwe. LINE OUT – the movie musical in development with After Eden Pictures and DreamVision USA. SKOUSPEL, the biggest local stage spectacular in the Sun City Superbowl with actors/singers Kurt Darren, Nianell, Nicholis Louw, Elvis Blue and Chris Chameleon.

The Company’s goal is to produce high-quality films that entertain, delight, inspire and inform. Ferdinand has consistently accomplished that goal and they take great pride in his reputation for operating with creativity, integrity and a undauntable stand for quality and fun. Ferdinand is committed to ensuring a creative environment for every person who works on his projects. He recognizes that their production team from cast to crew is the cornerstone of their enterprise, and they value each and every member of their team.

The goal of every FADCreationS project is to transform culture through uplifting entertainment. #SCARS fulfils that mandate by providing a thought-provoking, entertaining film. The result of #SCARS  will be creating life-long memorable characters that teens and adults can connect with, relate to, cheer for and learn from.

#SCARS the movie, established as an PTY (LTD), provides us the greatest tax and operational advantages based on the nature of our business, taking advantage of the generous South African film industry incentives.

In addition to creating quality projects, we are one hundred percent committed to having each and every film generate a healthy profit for our investors.

A storyteller has to have a point of view that is unique. I have an extensive diversity of experience, stretching over 18 years, which allows me to hone in on my own unique point of view/voice – And expanding my social circle is a great place for anyone to start.

#SCARS has a collective, a band of brothers so-to-speak, people who can consistently and autonomously deliver a product and who has consistently been working together.

We do what we love.

What your contribution means

“Art gives our lives context.  It helps us understand the culture that makes us who we are.  And, if you are lucky, one day you may be able to shape the culture that influenced you” – Adi Shankar

By contributing to our project you won’t only receive exciting perks that go with your generous pledge BUT you will also be part of two causes: Providing a safe platform for teenagers who want to have a career in the film-industry and secondly, Help heal the SCARS of our youth through entertainment!

Entertainment is the number one element we can use to target our young. By providing uplifting and inspiring entertainment to this market we can influence their minds, attitudes and shape our culture. We can help break the paradigms that affect their decision-making and also their future.

FADCreationS’ passion, focus and calling is the development and encouragement of our up-and-coming young artists; to provide multiple platforms for their training and to nurture the creative talents that will undoubtedly become the future of our industry and country.

I believe we are created to reign, to rule and be victorious in all we do. Why not guide the young to get up, look up and never give up!

BIO: Ferdinand Gernandt

Ferdinand completed his studies in Musical Theatre at Pretoria Technikon in 1999. Soon after he joined “African Footprint” for three years (704 performances) as part of the original cast, touring abroad to Atlanta, Georgia, USA and performed at the “Royal Variety Performance” in 2000, London.

He also performed for “Celebrity Cruise Lines” and “Princess Cruises” as singer/dancer and guest entertainer for two years. On Ferdinand’s return to South Africa he choreographed and starred in “Best of the boys – Calendar Boys” as lead vocalist at the Performer Theatre, following he choreographed “Duke” for Tswane University of Technology (TUT) for their annual DanceSeason in 2005. Other Shows include: “7’Tease Fever”.

“The Wizard of Oz” “Vodacom CEO Awards 2005” Fred Casely in “Chicago” the Musical “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” Galileo understudy in “We Will Rock You” “The King and I” and wowed audiences as the John Travolta character Tony Manero in the West End hit Musical “Saturday Night Fever”.

He is proud to have been part of the Department of Education’s board of Chief Examiners of dance from 2008 to 2011. Ferdinand is co-owner and founder with his wife, Diani, of their entertainment company FADCreationS, which specializes in providing Performing opportunities through triple thread workshop programs, Hands-on guidance through a 6 month mentorship program, School production services – conceptualizing, direction, choreography, vocal arrangement, sound, lighting etc. Showreel assembling for every artist, showcasing each artist’s specific strengths, Screenwriting for shorts as well as features, Film initiatives countrywide aimed at our young adults portraying vibrant and sound moral values

Projects include: Nianell – Sand en Water CD launch, Innibos Kunstefees 2011 only to name but a few.

Recently, he choreographed the Afrikaans 50’s movie musical “Pretville” Produced by Hartiwood Films.

His TV experience also include: “Villa Rosa” “Generations” & “Isidingo”

Ferdinand’s short film screenplay “Uit die Kaskenades” got commissioned for production for kykNET’s Silwerskerm Filmfees which landed in the TOP 10 out of 450 other scripts. His screenplay and brainchild “LINE OUT – the movie musical” is in development with DreamVision and After Eden Pictures, USA.

He was also part of the Pop-Classical Crossover vocal band “IL Quinto”  (2009 – 2010) which has recorded songs with Taylor Dayne, Paul Potts and Udo Mechels and also performed with Elvis Blue, Lira, Rina Hugo, Jak de Priester and Bobby van Jaarsveld.

Ferdinand has a true need to give back to the young, up and coming performers and joined the South African Talent Championship (SATCH) as their Talent Ambassador and Head Scout, to be in direct contact with USA’s “Actors, Models and Talent for Christ” (AMTC) to give the South African youngsters a platform to reach and fulfil their dreams globally.

The “Broadway Performance Showcase Experience” is an initiative to create a sound platform for our young artists in South Africa and Ferdinand acts as producer, director and choreographer of this yearly project.

Ferdinand has been involved in the following projects: “The Road Warrior” a Short Film by Brian Mitchell, “Debuut – PILOT” an Afrikaans GLee kykNET Series and “Starlight Express” as one of the main characters, Electra. 8 DAYS IMDB credit as writer for this feature film, produced by After Eden Pictures USA.

I wish you enough,

Wenchy x

2013 – Year End Quiz Answers

Dear friends and other interesting creatures –

I drew this quiz up in 2008… so if you do it, link to me please? I would love to read about your year.

My answers for the past few years to the quiz can be found here:

2012 – Year End Quiz Answers

2011 – Year End Quiz Answers

2010 – Year End Quiz Answers

2009 – Year End Quiz Answers

2008 – Year End Quiz Answers

Here is the 2013 edition:

 I have found it exceptionally difficult to complete this, this year – so I as for your sensitivity and love as you read my words. Just so what I write make sense, as I sit down to write this early in January 2014, if you do not already know, Dion and I separate during December 2013. I will not allow any bashing or disrespect towards him, me, nor the situation – so comments such as those, will be swiftly deleted.

I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world. – Rainer Maria Rilke

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?

  • Dion and I visited his parents in Swellendam and on our second trip took some of the kids along and toured a bit of the Garden Route. I loved the touring part. I loved road trips with Dion.
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  • We also took some of the kids to a work incentive Dion earned to the Kruger National Park. I had not been there in 20 years and it was a fun time seeing the animals and the kids faces.
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  • I ventured into Social Media, head over my comfortable flat shoes and loving it.
  • Attending all kinds of events, premiers, running blog competitions, writing reviews about products, places and productions…  I have truly loved every second.
  • I visited backstage, sat in on rehearsals and saw shows come to live. It is a thrill I cannot adequately described – theatre is magical to the point of lost for me.
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  • I met unbelievable people, both performers and personalities. I learned so much (Thanks @Jodeneza for getting me “started”!), I messed up, I did good, I came far in a short time, I met my Twitter Celebrity @RichSimmondsZA (seriously, it was child like LOL) – and this is only the beginning! I am thankful to all who has given to me as a teacher and a mentor. My gratitude is endless.
  • I did my first Twitter Blanket Drive!
  • I also thank Dion for his support, especially financially as setting up a new brand is not an easy task on money or time.
  • Our Kyle took part in his first body building competition. His weight loss scared me! He has always been fit, always worked out but never have had I seen him that skinny.
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  • My watched my son @KevvieCartman perform on stage – @RIAD_Band. At the first performance I cried more than I could hear. I loved that Kevin and Chris did not just dream, but do.
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  • I met up with an old friend….. @_Denise_Cross_ at a business function. Actually she was my maid of honour at wedding #2 ………..after almost a decade. We had grown so much emotionally yet we knew each other by heart – immediately. Awesome. She introduced me to: “Forever Living
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  • My BFF, @WilhelmNiekerk took me to such a fanTy cake shop for a treat!!!! It was absolutely awesome and far from our usual hang outs – also in price! LOL
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2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

For 2013, I have the following resolutions:

  1. I would like to d0 100, 1 hour workouts at Virgin Active before my birthday in June 2013. This is going exceptionally well.
  2. Read 100 books before end December 2013 – Kindle or hardcopy – keeping track on Goodreads.
  3. I need to lose 25kg by June 2013.
  4. If there are significant life changing decisions to be made. This is the year.

I take it #4 was accomplished. 😦

For 2014 I have the following resolutions:

  • To live authentically. To thy own self be true.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes! My cousin Marlize gave birth to miracle baby Miya who arrived a couple of weeks early.


4. Did anyone close to you die?

I claim the father of my nation as my own so yes, our Madiba died.


5. What countries did you visit?

South Africa.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

  • A greater maturity on many levels.

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory?

13 January 2013 & 20 December 2013.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Stepping into that first meeting on my own.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not defining my own worth.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?


11. What was the best thing you bought?

Dion bought. I received. Thank you.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

My sister Rentia. She has done her best to be dignified under tremendous illness and hardship. She is our Braveheart…. like a drum baby don’t stop beating….

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

It was a year of many behavioural disappointments, my own and others.

14. Where did most of your money go?

I did not earn very much money, so the money Dion earned went towards our living expenses and the trips we made.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Watching Starlight Express (Jo’burg Theatre) unfold and being part of it on so many levels. It was incredible. I will never forget the emotion, the pride, nor the excitement. Ever. Loved it!


16. What song/album will always remind you of 2013?

I am the Starlight as sung by my friend, Bonginkosi Mthombeni

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

•Happier or sadder? Obviously I am not dancing the cha-cha!

•Thinner or fatter? I am giving up on this one. Love me or leave me. I’ve had it. I do my best and that has to be good enough.

•Richer or poorer? Poorer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of in 2013?

Been financially more successful…. “Do something you really like and hopefully it pays the rent. That is success” -Tom Petty – I claim those words for my future.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Feeling anxious. Keeping silent when I wanted to scream.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

My son Kev cooked lunch. 🙂 Thanks my boy. I at least had two of my kids with me – I couldn’t care if it was Christmas or a regular day. Any day I have any of my kids with me is like unwrapping happiness.

21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?

Finally work stuff!

22. Did you fall in love in 2013?

No – I loved, but I did not fall in love.

23. How many one night stands in this last year?


24. What was your favourite TV program?


25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No. Hate is no longer part of my life. It belongs to yesterday.

26. What was the best book you read?

      Chbosky, Stephen

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Emeli Sande.

28. What did you want and get?

A closer relationship with my parents.

29. What did you want and not get?

30. What were your favourite films of this year?

The Hobbit – both of them.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 40. It was nothing like I imagined but it was a very happy day.

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32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Seeing more of my kids, hugs, kisses, love, cupcakes, cocktails… need I go on?

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?

I have no concept of fashion. None.

34. What kept you sane?

Zanax helps me pretend.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Janice Honeyman and Bernard Jay from @joburgtheatre. This year was a life changer and sitting with them at the same table, not once, but TWICE!! – no words. Only awe. Oh the rest of the #newmedia team ain’t bad either.. *smile*

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36. What political issue stirred you the most?

Zuma. He does enough stirring all on his own. *sigh*

37. Who did you miss?

My kids. All of them. Always.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

I made some unbelievable friends this year – OUSTANDING INDIVIDIUALS, but there is one young man whose dedication, pure love and conviction for his craft truly just spoke to my heart, @LouwBreytenbach from @LALTH_JHB. I am so proud of you my dear friend. You are a great friend, an amazing performer, an outstanding teacher and well…… I will love you for a thousand years. #friendsforlife1-IMG-20131116-05308[1]

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.

You never know how drastically your day can change from sunshine to sunset.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?

“Clown” (Actually read the words, line for line)

I guess it’s funnier from where you’re standing
Cause from over here I missed the joke
Clear the way for my crash landing
I’ve done it again
Another number for your notes

I’d be smiling if I wasn’t so desperate
I’d be patient if I had the time
I could stop and answer all of your questions
As soon as I find out
How I can move from the back of the line

I’ll be your clown
Behind the glass
Go ‘head and laugh
Cause it’s funny
I would too if I saw me
I’ll be your clown
On your favourite channel
My life’s a circus circus
Round in circles
I’m selling out tonight

I’d be less angry if it was my decision
And the money was just rolling in
If I had more than my ambition
I’ll have time for ‘Please’
I’ll have time for ‘Thank you’
As soon as I win

From a distance my choice is simple
From a distance I can entertain
So you can see me
I put make-up on my face
But there’s no way you can feel it
From so far away

I wish you enough,