‘Butterflies’ leads nomination list

2012-02-20 00:00

BLACK Butterflies leads the field with nine South African Film and Television Awards (Safta) nominations, including best film.

The film tells the story of South African poet, Ingrid Jonker, and her search for love and acceptance through her relationships with her father, a minister of censorship in the apartheid era, and men like Jack Cope and André Brink.

The film also has nods for writing for Greg Latter, cinematography for Giulio Biccariu, editing for Sander Vos, production design for Darryl Hammer, music composition for Phillip Miller, costume design for Ree Donnelly, make-up and hair for Raine Nicholette Edwards and sound design for Barry Donelly.

The films Skoonheid, Retribution and Roepman all have six nominations each. And Retribution’s Jeremy Crutchley and Joe Mafela are both nominated for best actor, together with Fana Mokoena for State of Violence and Dean Lotz for Skoonheid. Roepman and Skoonheid are nominated for best film.

There are no nominees for best actress in a feature category this year because the 10 films that made it through were predominantly male-driven stories. Only two actresses were listed, one of whom — Carice van Houten — was not eligible for a Safta as she is not South African.

A spokesperson for the organisers, the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) said: “These circumstances render an award for best actress in a feature film meaningless and the judges unanimously decided not make such an award this year.

“This is a far from desirable situation, and the judging panel urges writers and production companies to bear in mind that as an industry we need be telling more stories that provide a platform for the luminous female thespian talent our country has to offer.”

In the best supporting actor category, Molatse Mafastshe (State of Violence), Neo Ntlatleng (State of Violence), Patrick Mafokeng (Master­ Harold and the Boys) and Andrew Thompson (Roepman) will compete for the honours; while the best supporting actress gong will be contested by Michelle Scott (Skoonheid­), Jennifer Steyn (Master­ Harold and the Boys) and Desire Gardner (Roepman).

The best director nominees are Oliver Hermanus for Skoonheid, Timothy Greene for Skeem, Jann Turner for Paradise Stop and Khalo Matabane for State of Violence.

In the documentary category, several doccies which made their debut at the Durban International Film Festival last year have been nominated for a Golden Horn, including Ryley Grunenwald’s The Dawn of a New Day, which is nominated for editing, cinematography, direction and as well as the best documentary feature of the year.

Also competing for best doccie are Surfing Soweto, which also gets a best directing nod for Sara Blecher, and Robert Mugabe – What Happened.

In the television category, Zone 14, Intersexions and Sokhulu & Partners will contest the best drama category. And there are directing nominations for Intersexions’s directors, Rolie Nikiwe and Catharine Cooke and Sokhulu & Partners’ s Natalie Haarhof.

Intersexions also dominates in the acting categories with co-stars, Thato Moraka (Tshepo), Katleho Ramapakela (Thami) and Siyabonga Radebe (Muzi) competing for best actor, and Lungelo Dladla (Buhle) competing against Mbali Ntuli (Fallen) and Linda Sokhulu (Sokhulo & Partners) for the best actress prize.

In the best supporting actor category, the nominees are Ronnie Nyakale (Khaya Ncube) for Fallen, Motlatsi Mafapshe (Litha Zwane) for Sokhulo & Partners and Israel Makoe for Zone 14. Contesting the best supporting actress section will be Xolile Tshabalala (Mandi) in Fallen, Nolwazi Shange (Ntombi) in Intersexions and Harriet Manamela (Ntombi Ntshebe) in Sokhulo & Partners.

Ga Re Dumele leads the nominations in the TV comedy categories where it is up against Gauteng Maboneng and Stokvel for best comedy. It’s actors, Obed Baloyi, Peter Mashigo and Boikie Pholo – who play Tsutsuma, Pastor Thlong and Ratau, respectively — are competing for best actor honours against James Ngcobo (Mojo) for Stokvel.

In the best actress category, Meme­ Ditshego (Josephine), from Ga Re Dumele, will compete for the prize against Andrea Dondolo (Ayanda­) and Lele Ledwaba (Pinkie) for Stokvel.

The country’s soap stars will also be going head to head at the Saftas. Hoping to take home best actor honours are Mduduzi Mabaso (Suffocate) in Rhythm City, Tumisho Masha (Modise) in The Wild, Shona Ferguson (Alex) and Clint Brink (Tino), both for Scandal!.

The best actress in TV soap category sees Karen van der Laag (Maggie) and Michelle Botes (Cherel), from Isidingo, competing against Lele Ledwaba (Diksie) in The Wild, and Louise Barnes (Donna­) for Scandal!.

The best TV soap ensemble will be a race between Rhythm City, Isidingo and The Wild.

“As the NFVF we are once again very excited to organise the Saftas, as well as witnessing the growth the awards continues to demonstrate every year. This year we received a record number of 238 entries, which is the highest since the Saftas commenced six years ago,” said Saftas project manager Azania Muendane.

The overall judging process is chaired jointly by seasoned industry figures Feizel Mamdoo and Jackie Motsepe.

The Saftas will be held on March 9 and 10 at Gallagher Estate in Midrand. The first event will award winners in the non-fiction categories and the second event will award fiction categories.

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