9 years in the making
This passion project has been 9 years in the making, and there is no one who is prouder and more excited about the series’ release than producer Serena Cullen, of Serena Cullen Productions.
Serena, who lives in the UK but has roots in South Africa, has fought for countless years to get interest and funding for Reyka – ever since writer Rohan Dickson sent her the concept and script. “It’s amazing how far we’ve come, from me knocking on the South African consulate’s door in the UK asking for help to partner with Fremantle, M-Net and Quizzical Pictures,” Serena remarked.
For Serena, it’s important to expose the international audience to an authentic South African story that is more than just apartheid. “I feel Europeans don’t know that much about South Africa than what happened in the past. The crew that worked on Reyka were all young South Africans who were born post 1994, and the stories they told and the vibrancy of their cultures and lifestyle were so inviting, and that translated in this series. I hope viewers will see that beauty when they watch Reyka.”
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Praise for Reyka
Actor Iain Glen, who has made his own waves on the international TV and film stage in series such Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and Black Beauty, had high praise for Reyka and said he could draw any parallels between his work on other series and this series. “I preferred Reyka’s style of production and smaller crew, because it asked more of you as an actor, and urges you to give your best and more,” he said during the opening ceremony of the 60th Monte Carlo Television Festival. “Reyka’s script blew me away,” Iain added. “To be part of this South African story was such an honour and privilege, and I enjoyed my time there immensely. There is something special and unique about the country, its people, and Reyka captures that.”