Angel, Zambian Film Fixer Extraordinaire

The film production industry in Africa is blossoming and new talent is being discovered every day both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

Zambia is no exception and in terms of behind the scenes talent is a very talented lady named Angel Hoare.

Rich Production Experience

Angel Hoare, Zambian Fixer/Local producer
Adventure is in the blood of Zambian Fixer, Angel

Angel has been involved in the film industry in Zambia for many years now and boasts of having participated in well-known local and international productions.

The list is quite impressive with big name TV shows such as  Amazing Race Australia, Amazing Race Israel, Occupation Double, Around  World  with  80-year olds and Top Secret Waterfalls for the Travel Channel. Locally she has been involved in big name shows for Zambezi Magic; Turn of Fortune, Amooye and Makofi, to name a few.

In these productions her roles have varied from Production Assistant to Assistant Director and Associate Producer. All very exciting and crucial roles in production.

Production Fixing Work In Zambia

In terms of production fixing work she has coordinated for a documentary for the African Development Bank on African Regional Integration. But, the icing on the cake must surely be working as a local production assistant for scenes shot in Zambia for the blockbuster movie Black Panther! An appropriate achievement given that one of the things she really enjoys from all her varied roles is fixing for productions.

Angel doing film fixing work for the Blockbuster movie Black Panther In Livingstone, Zambia
Angel doing film fixing work for the Blockbuster movie Black Panther In Livingstone, Zambia

Asked why this is so she points to her love of travel, adventure and discovering new and exciting places as what she really enjoys about being a Zambian fixer. She also enjoys meeting new people in diverse settings from the city scene to the village or wildlife scene.

Which is good, because when you are as personable and easy going to work with as she is a great personality comes in handy in terms of getting things done in a timely manner and on budget. It seems people cannot help but fall in love with her energetic and friendly demeanour.

As far as Zambia goes she is well travelled and promises to scout any production the right location for their film production work.

A Knack For Getting Things Done Well, & On Time

Angel at one of the many spectacular falls she has on her list of film sites for Zambia

She points out that often times clients are on very tight timeliness and budgets with little time to be in a particular location and therefore it is important to be highly organised and detailed in planning as a production coordinator.This is particularly the case for international crews that are in country for short periods of time with a lot to do, she adds.

Which is why having the right contacts and knowing the procedures for getting the various permits required for fixing work in a country like Zambia is critical. It can be a very challenging task to get around getting customs clearance for equipment to come into the country, press passes, drone permits, booking locations, permits for heritage sites and street filming, coordinating location managers and all.  But she makes it all look so easy with her diverse experience.  

A Long (& Secret) List of Spectacular Sites For Any Film Production

It is not always glamorous and sometimes you have to do the heavy lifting with film production work
It is not always glamorous and sometimes you have to do the heavy lifting with film production work

Asked what her favourite sites are she points to the many wonderful waterfalls around the country that offer spectacular backdrops to any scene, starting with her hometown Livingstone, with the famous Mosi-Oa-Tunya or Victoria Falls.

But she has a whole list of falls and amazing sites she has been to around the country which she keeps very hush about. In this industry knowledge is power and she knows that very well.

Which means I must stop prodding and simply say that it was wonderful to have this chat with her regarding this work.

Contact Angel for All Your Production Fixing Work In Zambia

If ever you aren’t familiar with local filming requirements in Zambia or need assistance sourcing local crew, equipment or other support services, Angel will provide all the logistical support needed for your production. You can reach her on the details below:


Phone or Whatsapp: +260976024229

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President-Elect Hakainde Hichilema – A Resounding Victory for Zambia!

President-Elect Mr Hakainde Hichilema, Bally

The 16th of August 2021 was a historical day for Zambia. On this day, the President-elect of Zambia, Mr Hakainde Hichilema (popularly known as “HH’’) gave his first speech after winning a landslide victory against his main rival and ruling party opponent Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu (ECL).

I was privileged enough to have a press pass for the occasion and would not miss the opportunity to witness it, but also to take photos for my memoirs.

On this day, my personal feeling was that of huge relief on many fronts. Relief that finally Zambia had a president we could call a leader and a visionary. His speech was well articulated and inspired hope in a better Zambia.

Lungu’s presidency had left me feeling rather uninspired and frankly quite irritated at his lack of leadership and oratory skills. I was not alone in having abandoned watching the state broadcast channel which always featured him and his Patriotic Front (PF) cadres or political party leaders as the main focus of their daily news coverage, to the exclusion of all opposition parties, including HH’s United Party for National Development (UPND).

One always had a sense of dread and cringing at their senseless and often arrogant talk, which was often aimed at malignant their main opposition party, UPND, which won the latest election convincingly above the 50+1 percent constitutional requirement.

An additional irritation and disappointment was the obvious plundering of state resources that characterised the presidency of Edgar Lungu. We were bombarded daily with images and videos of PF affiliated people that were showing off money, luxury houses or luxury cars.

One remembers scandals such as the 42 fire trucks that were bought at a staggering 42 million dollars; the 48 houses that had no traceable owner; the embarrassing travel of a huge delegation of the first lady, Esther Lungu, to the United States to collect fire trucks that had been retired and essentially garbage; the endless illegal acquisition of land scandals; the disregard for the law and the constitution; the tribal hatred and divisions that were used for political mileage; and the Honeybee Pharmacy scandal of expired drugs and leaking condoms procured by a dubiously registered entity, as a few examples. The list of scandals swept under the rug is endless and we hope they will be uncovered with the coming of the new administration, though some PF members were already urging HH to focus on fulfilling his election promises and not to dig up (dubiously) closed cases such as the 42 fire trucks scandal. On can only laugh at such foolishness and determination to hide their misdeeds.

A young girl holds up the UPND campaign chitenge

The economy was on a downward trend despite massive borrowing and debt which the country was struggling to pay. Infrastructure had improved somewhat in urban areas but it did not seem to have much impact on the ordinary man. Besides, many had the feeling that this infrastructure drive was simply because it was a convenient and massive way to steal public funds through kickbacks to PF politicians from those awarded to do the work. The malls that had sprung up over the years were mostly foreign-owned and many shops had closed due to the harsh economic climate. The PF were eager to blame its economic failures on the Covid-19 pandemic, which came as quite a convenient scapegoat. But the discerning were aware that this downward trend had begun long before Covid-19 hit the country, mostly as a result of mismanagement and corruption.

We watched helplessly and tried our best to adapt as earnings tumbled to less than a third of their initial value in dollar when PF. Prices of goods and services sky-rocketed. Everyone was feeling the burden and complaining. Except the president and the PF.

Indeed for them life was rosy. They seemed to have an endless supply of wealth while much of the population was under extreme economic stress. It is this lack of insight that ultimately led to their downfall. Leading up to elections they flaunted their wealth, their infrastructure projects and their confidence to win. They had lost touch with the people they were elected to serve.

UPND Spokesman, Cornelius Mweetwa

It would not be amiss to say that all the criminal elements in the country came out of hiding under the rule of the PF. They knew that joining the PF was the sure way to conduct their illegal activities with impunity. They were untouchable, above the law and the police could do nothing to stop them. It is no surprise, but still a great disappointment, that in his last week in office ECL chose to pardon 60 convicts, many of him were murderers who had served less than half their sentences.

I went to visit some relatives in Mtendere recently after UPND’s victory and was shocked at the stories I heard. I was told that the PF had become the den of every thief and criminal there. Stories of theft, extortion, vandalism, harassing innocent citizens and even murder were shared. I was told the horrendous story of how someone was murdered by PF cadres, dismembered and dumped in a field, but the case went nowhere. Under Edgar Lungu’s rule they were indeed untouchable – nothing was done, I was told, about this gruesome murder. 

What a legacy to have as an outgoing president! Corruption, theft, plunder, impunity, arrogance, disregard for the rule of law and being totally detached from the people. I wish I could describe his presidency another way, but Edgar Chagwa Lungu was the sixth and worst president Zambia has ever had. We pray as a nation that he forever retains this title, we do not need it broken. Many Zambians can say with a sigh of relief – “never again”! We need no repeat of this self-labelled “humble” yet visionless president.

People celebrate the election victory at Community House, Residence of Hakainde Hichilema

He held the country to ransom and the courts of law were no consideration. His third term bid was given a stamp of approval by the, many would say compromised, constitutional court. But the people of Zambia said a resounding “NO” to his third term desires. It was not a moment too soon. Another 5 years of Lungu and PF would undoubtedly have brought the country to its knees.

But less than a week after HH’s victory change had already started. Cadres were removed from markets, bus stations and other places where they had illegally set up offices and were extorting money from people and business owners. Government contracts were cancelled, no doubt given to PF cadres and in fear of being exposed once the new government took over. The revoked broadcast licence to Prime TV was restored unconditionally by eh Independent Broadcasting Authority. Some illegally obtained assets were being abandoned in plain sight. A close associate of the outgoing president had his accounts frozen by the Drug Enforcement Commission. The markets responded favourably and the exchange rate against major currencies, notably the dollar, improved to levels not seen in years.

All this before HH is even officially sworn in as Zambia’s 7th president. How embarrassing for the outgoing president. How exposing of his ineptitude, incometence and lack of will to do what was right. How symptomatic of the lack of vision that characterised the PF’s rule. They had 10 years to bring about positive change and squandered it all. Many of them are now living in fear of reprisal from the people they oppressed as well as fear of losing their ill-gotten wealth. They cannot sleep peacefully in the luxurious homes they built with plundered national wealth. Apologies and resignations from them abound.

Former Vice-Presdieent Dr Guy Scott at the occasion

While HH had a reconciliatory tone in his 16th August speech, many hope that he will not stifle the law enforcement agencies and let them do their work to bring these criminal elements that were masquerading as leaders to book.

Indeed, many are concerned by reassurances by HH that ECL would be “okay” and wonder what this means. They are quick to remind the president elect that his personal forgiveness for what PF did to him and the country, including being arrested fifteen times and spending weeks in a filthy jail, are his right, but that he should not stand in the way of justice for the country.

People voted for change, but people also voted for justice for all they have lost over the years and for the injustice they have suffered. There has to be consequences. Plundered resources have to be recovered. That is what the people voted for and in particular the youth who were labelled as “disgruntled” by the PF when they dared to protest.

They came out in their millions and voted for HH or “Bally” as they had come to call him. What an underestimate of their voting power by the PF. One said to me “I did not know what power there was in my vote until now, I am glad I voted.” What a sign of the PF myopia and arrogance, to the extent of releasing a song in local language saying ‘’sorry, but he will retain his seat.’’ They knew very well that they were not wanted but were determined to stay in power at all costs.

The heavy investment in the police and military both in terms of personnel and anti-riot gear was a clear sign that the people were to be controlled once this election had been won by them using any means possible. Dumped pre-marked ballot boxes are a testament to this.

I wish I had something nice to write about the PF and ECL, but forgive me, I do not. Some would say he deserves kudos for conceding defeat and agreeing to a peaceful handover of power. But is that not what a president in a democratic society is expected to do? Further, it is clear that this was largely due to the overwhelming margin by which he lost and was ”impossible to rig” as many of his advisors had told him.

I do not regret voting for PF and not Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) in 2011. It was time for the MMD to leave just like it was time now for the PF to leave. They both portrayed the same arrogance, corruption and disregard for the law. Unfortunately, PF let into its ranks the very people from MMD that we had voted out.

Vice-Presdient-elect, Mutale Nalumango

One would say the MMD folk now turned PF had learnt nothing from their equally humiliating loss. Perhaps that they continued to plunder under PF gave them confidence that Zambia was theirs to loot no matter what and that its peaceful people were powerless to do anything about it.  Let this be a harsh lesson for the UPND as they take over to serve the people of Zambia. Zambians do not want to see the same people they voted out back in the guise of “working with the government to serve the people of Zambia.” They failed to serve the people and thought only of themselves for 10 years. They do not deserve another chance.

HH takes office with a clean political record. The expectations of the people are high. His speech on the 16th of August sent a signal that these expectations would be met. Respect for law and order, zero tolerance for corruption, press freedom, economic recovery and growth, professionalism and appointment and promotion on merit and not on tribal or political party lines were all part of this speech, which was a breath of fresh air and made many proud to be Zambian once again.

We can only wish him and our Vice-President, Mutale Nalumango, the very best as they take up governance on the 24th of August 2021. We want you and UPND to succeed, for the sake of mother Zambia.

Under Edgar Lungu we were a country held captive by the organised crime family that had become the Patriotic Front. We can now proudly sing the words of our national anthem – “Free men we stand, under the flag or our land” and “Praise be to God.”

“Bless our great nation, Zambia.”

Godspeed, Bally!

CHAPTER 1 – To All The Dreamers Out There

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My friends are now Brigadier-Generals. Congratulations to Brigadier-General Dr Simon Major Tembo and Brigadier-General Dr Floyd Malasha. It has been a pleasure to watch your journeys and see how far you have come since our medical school days. I could not help but be reflective at this time on the importance of committing to your personal journey.