Hilton up for U.S. film award

2009-08-04 00:00

SOUTH Africa’s favourite “Cousin”, Barry Hilton, is heading to Los Angeles after being nominated in the best actor category at the American Feel Good Film Festival 2009 for his performance in the film, Finding Lenny.

He is up against Michael Flynn (Friends for Life), Joel McCary (Jesus People), Anthony Natale (Universal Signs), Dustin Seavey (True Identity) and Patrick Warburton (Rock Slyde) at the ceremony on August 8.

The three-day Feel Good Film Festival 2009, which is being hosted by comedian Carlos Mencia, features films aimed at both adult and family audiences that highlight positive themes, happy endings, make audiences laugh, and capture the beauty of our world.

This year’s line-up represents nine countries — the United States, United Kingdom, Thailand, Australia, Singapore, South Africa, Ireland, Netherlands and Canada, and during the event film fans will be able to see Finding Lenny, which was released in South Africa in April this year.

The film, directed by Neal Sundström, has also been selected in the competition section of the International Film Festival of Ireland, which takes place in Clonmel from September 6 to September 12.

Hilton’s international commitments mean, however, that he’s had to postpone his planned gig in Pietermaritzburg this weekend. The comedy show will now take place in Parklane Spar’s undercover parking lot on August 22.

Kevin Lidell of Big Beat Productions, organiser of the gig, said: “Being nominated for an international award is a well-deserved salute to Barry’s talent and shines a welcome spotlight on South African comedy. This makes me even more excited to see the show on August 22.”

Graffiti Bridge, the talented duo featuring Aaron and Shanthan, will get the evening entertainment started at 7 pm.

Tickets are R95 but if you book a table for a party of eight you will save the price of one. Tickets are available from Big Beat, Shop 13, and Café Dulcé’s (both at Parklane Centre). Inquiries: Dionne at 033 342 9527.

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