Meet Grant Powell, the Cape Flats stuntman changing SA’s film industry

Meet Grant Powell, the Cape Flats stuntman changing SA’s film industry

- Grant Powell grew up in the Cape Flats where a career in the film industry was only a dream

- Today, he's a talented professional stuntman working on both local and international projects

- He insists that South Africans have talent and all it takes to succeed is self-belief

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Grant Powell, a talented professional stuntman, overcame his tough Cape Flats upbringing to succeed in South Africa's film industry.

Speaking to Beautiful News in a recent interview, Powell said a career in the film industry seemed out of reach at one point.

This changed in 1998 when he auditioned at Ratanga Junction theme park in Cape Town, learned.

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For four years, Powell trained in acting, puppetry, and dance. He also became adept at an array of martial arts.

His big break came when he starred as a stuntman on the film Der Kranichmann. Since then, Powell hasn't looked back and notably became a fight coordinator for the movie Tomb Raider.

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Powell is now the co-founder and director of Stunteam, which trains performers for the movie industry.

He was the brains behind the Guinness World Record set in January 2018 in Cape Town where 32 stuntmen set themselves on fire simultaneously.

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He insisted that South Africa is brimming with talent and all it takes to succeed is self-belief and hard work:

You do need to go out there at the risk of being ridiculed, at the risk of being berated for your accent. But if you allow that to be your narrative, then that’s where you’re always going to be. We have the talent. We have the temperament. We certainly have the attitude.

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