My friend Carmel Fisher was in Durban recently for her the debut of her first leading role in a feature film, Snare. Here’s what she wrote to me recently,
“Finally, my film has a release date… I play the role of ZARA, the female lead in the highly anticipated rhino-poaching feature film, SNARE, supported by LEADSA’s ‘RAGE’ (Rhino Action Group Effort). We’ve been nominated in the Durban International Film Festival (with a special screening on 25 July) & will be releasing on National Rhino Day, 22 September 2012.”
Please assist her in spreading the word & encouraging support of NOT ONLY the film BUT the rhino debacle in general.
Carmel Fisher is a South African actress, dancer, model and television presenter best known for her role as promiscuous student Roxanne Campbell in the e.tv soapie Backstage, from 2005-2007. In 2009 she played Carmel on the soapie Rhythm City. Carmel is one of three singers in the show’s new all-girl group Sizzle.
She was a celebrity contestant on the M-Net reality competition Survivor South Africa: Maldives, in 2011. Carmel was born in Johannesburg to Desiree, a bank area-manager; and Rodney Fisher, a tradesman in the engineering field. She has an older brother, Sylvester Fisher.
She trained as a ballet dancer from age five following the RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) method and completed her training up to the Elementary Grade with Spanish Dance and Modern Contemporary part of the syllabus.
Carmel attended the National School of Arts with Dance as a major and also partook in many of the school productions focussing on both dance and drama, including Dance Umbrella, Annie and Fiddler on the Roof.
However, due to a knee injury she was compelled to take a year off from dancing to recover and this lead to her changing schools.
She joined Sir John Adamson Secondary School and participated in the anti-apartheid drama piece, Makhavane, which competed against many other schools in the annual RAPPS Drama Competition, including the National School of Arts, and won in 1998.
Carmel went to RAU (now called University of Johannesburg) and completed a degree in Corporate Communication while simultaneously featuring in television commercials and theatre productions.
In 2004 she was the female winner of a competition called Backstage Superstar, which landed her a year-long role to play Roxanne Campbell in the e.tv soapie.
She had to portray a feisty, promiscuous student, and her storyline developed to her dealing with the fact that she was molested as a child and later dabbling in the destructive addiction of cocaine that nearly cost the character her life.
The producers of Backstage renewed her annual contract for three successive years, despite the fact that she only won a year-long initial contract.
Carmel also played the role of a young mother in the SABC1 youth drama series Soul Buddyz, in which her daughter died in a car accident. She had a cameo role in a film directed by Michael Raeburn called Triomf, and also starred in the kykNET drama series Kruispad, in 2008.
Carmel also models part time and has worked as a VJ for Channel O’s O-Boma, a music-video show, and presented PSL TV on Supersport. She also does various MC gigs.