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Capetonian author, François Bloemhof, breaks into Hollywood

Capetonian author, François Bloemhof, a prolific writer of adult, teenage and youth fiction, who has written close to 80 titles, is going to Hollywood.

This versatile writer’s adult work explores thriller, supernatural and more conventional dramatic themes, but for his Hollywood debut, he will be writing the screenplay of a movie with a thriller/sci-fi slant.

Apart from being a full-time writer, Bloemhof is obsessed with film. He watches movies and series daily, he says, as part of his research and owns a massive DVD and Blue Ray collection. On the local front, he is not an unknown when it comes to movies. He has been involved in a number of successful screenplays or novels based on screenplays in South Africa, notably Pad na jou hart, Vir altyd and Vir die voëls. His first fiction title that was filmed is based on Doodskoot / Double Echo, published in 2016.

A friend encouraged him to pitch for the screenplay for Hollywood. Cleverly, he took the outline of an Afrikaans thriller which was published in 1997, Die Nagbesoeker, and gave it a sci-fi twist. And so, The Night Visitor was born.

The plot centres around the story of a successful city model whose sister is murdered in a coastal town, but hers is not the only murder that takes place! The model, who is already in a relationship, visits the town and becomes attracted to a man who recently moved there. Strange things happen. Friends react unexpectedly. She comes to the conclusion that no one is to be trusted.

According to his Facebook page, Bloemhof will be writing the screenplay himself.

In November 2017 Francois Bloemhof’s two latest titles were published by new independent publishing outfit, Imbali General & Trade. Set in Durbanville, Feeding Time and Dieretuin explore the shenanigans of a well-to-do family known as ‘The Zoo’. Their unconventional lifestyle and appetite make of this thriller a surprising page turner, which blindsides the reader overwhelmingly.

Francois’ books, including Feeding Time, are available at the following stores: Exclusives, Wordsworth, Protea, Book Lounge, Graffiti Books, CNA, and PNA.

To find out for information about these titles or about Imbali, visit their website, or their Facebook page.

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