Durban’s big debut

2014-06-16 08:00

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The Durban International Film Festival – arguably one of the most important film fests on the continent – is shifting into gear.

This week, it revealed both its bold and striking poster art (pictured) as well as its opening film. No pressure. Last year’s opener wasn’t screened as the Film and Publication Board had refused to classify Jahmil XT Qubeka’s Of Good Report. The opening night crowd was stunned.

The festival makes a point of choosing provocative young films that ensure the progress of African storytelling.

This year the honour goes to Hard To Get. It’s the debut feature from Zee Ntuli and is produced by veterans Junaid Ahmed and Helena Spring.

According to the festival, the romantic action film is about a dashing young small-town womaniser called TK who falls for “a sexy, reckless young thief” called Skiets. When they arrive in Joburg, he has to put his life in her hands.

It’s another genre offering from an industry desperate to make an impact at the box office.

The Durban International Film Festival is on from July 17 to 27

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