Friday, August 2, 2013

AFDA News, An Award for the movie Felix and read our review of African Gothic

News From AFDA Durban

Some things we are looking forward to for the rest of 2013:

Date: Saturday 3 August 2013
Time: Starts 10am | Ends 12noon
Place: 2a Highdale Road, Glen Anil, Durban North
Our final Open Day of the year when all prospective students, parents, guardians, teachers and the public are welcome to visit the campus. The presentation which begins at 10am will give an overview of the Undergraduate degree course with introductions to each our departments from our Campus Dean to the heads of schools and lecturers. You will have the opportunity to tour our campus, observe demonstrations within the departments offered, watch performances by our students and schedule an interview with an HOD, lecturer or other staff.

Hilton Arts Festival
Dates13th - 15th of September 2013
The Hilton Arts Festival is held each year at Hilton College in Hilton and AFDA is thrilled to be apart of this festival again this year! AFDA will be situated in The Crookes Block near the Long Table where we will be giving workshops on filmmaking, storytelling and performance (on Friday the 13th) as well as screening the work of our students. 
Please enquire with us for more details.

AFDA Annual Film Festival
Dates: Friday 22 – Saturday 23 November 2013
Time: TBC
Place: TBC
A showcase of a variety of this years films screened in cinema including the First Year Films from Durban, Best of 3rd Year, Honours & Masters Degree Films from Johannesburg and Cape Town.  Further details will be confirmed later in the year.

For more info email them on 
(Source - AFDA) 

At the 34th Durban International Film Festival, audiences watching Felix laughed, cried and voted the feel-good South African family movie Best Film.

The audience award was announced at Southern Africa’s premiere film festival on Saturday at the closing night event at the Suncoast CineCentre Cinema.

In Felix, 14-year-old Felix Xaba dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father, but his mother Lindiwe thinks jazz is the devil’s music. When Felix leaves his township friends to take up a scholarship for grade eight at an elitist private school, he defies his mother and turns to two aging members of his father’s old band to help him prepare for the school jazz concert.

Durban International Film Festival manager Peter Machen called Felix “a South African equivalent of Billy Elliott… a lovely, vibrant, feelgood film about a young township boy intent on following his dreams.”

Felix‘s all-star cast includes Joburg-born Oscar-nominee Dame Janet Suzman in her first South African film; South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA) Best Actress winner Linda Sokhulu (Isidingo, Generations) in her feature debut; and newcomer Hlayani Junior Mabasa, who was cast in the title role from over 400 auditions across the country.

Felix was created by a predominantly female creative team, with SAFTA Lifetime Achievement winner Roberta Durrant directing; Natalie Haarhoff as the DOP; Shirley Johnston as the screenwriter; Kate Schalk as the line producer; Surisa Surisa as the art director; Ayesha Khatieb as the wardrobe stylist; Islyn Goliath as the hair and makeup artist; and Maryke Kruger as the editor. This makes Felix the first South African film written, directed, shot, edited and line produced by women since democracy.

Shirley’s acclaimed script won Sithengi’s Writer’s Forum Award; was a finalist in the US Specscriptacular Competition; and was a quarter-finalist in both Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest and the Moondance Screenwriting Competition.

Musical director Murray Anderson, who has recorded Gold and Platinum records for the likes of Abdullah Ibrahim, worked closely on the infectious jazz soundtrack with former Standard Bank Young Artists of The Year Mark Fransman and Bokani Dyer, as well as triple 2012 South African Music Awards nominee Lwanda Gogwana.

Felix is a Penguin Films production for Sabido Productions, distributed by Crystal Brook Distribution. Felix will be released in 40 cinemas across Southern Africa on 13 September 2013.

Watch and embed the trailer at

Read the glowing social media feedback on the film at

For more info, visit http://www.felixthemovie.comLike felixfilm on Facebook and follow @felixmovie on Twitter.

(Source - Sabido Productions) 

Film Review - African Gothic

Director: Gabriel Bologna
Cast: Damon Shalit, Chella Ferrow and Jonny Coyne

                                                                           (Picture courtesy DIFF) 
Last month I managed to see this movie at the Durban International Film Festival.
This film is based on the play 'Diepe Grond' by Reze De Wet.
It is set on a small farm where we find a brother (Damon Shalit) and his sister (Chella Ferrow.) 
They have an interesting relationship.  In time they are joined by a lawyer (Jonny Coyne) who has come
on urgent business.  The film is well shot by Director Bologna and you get a sense of what it must have been
like in close proximity to one another.  There is much tension in this movie and at the same time 
a sense of playfulness between the Brother and Sister.  

As the movie unfolds we see some interesting twists and turns.  A great interpretation of the play
by Reza DE Wet. Really worth seeing this movie.

Great direction, well played by the actors and a good script. 

Rating 7/10

Find out more about the movie on Twitter - @AfricanGothic 

Article + Review by +Fred Felton 

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