‘Material’ named best film

2013-03-19 00:00

HOLLYWOOD star Samuel L. Jackson surprised the guests at Saturday night’s seventh Annual South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas), at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, when he walked on stage to present the best actress in a feature film award to Lindiwe Ndlovu for her performance in Little One.

Jackson is currently in Johannesburg shooting his latest movie, Kite.

The poignant and funny Material was named this year’s best film, and also took home awards for best director for Craig Freidmond, best actor for Riaad Moosa, best supporting actor for Vincent Ebrahim and best sound design for Charlotte Buys.

Best supporting actress honours went to Matshepo Maleme for A Million Colours, which also got the best cinematographer prize for Trevor Brown.

The best student film at this year’s Saftas was Die Windpomp, which was made by AFDA’s Miklas Manneke and Jade Galbraith, while the best short film was Matthew Jankes’s Umkhungo

The prize for best animation went to Triggerfish Animation Studios for Adventures In Zambezia.

In the television categories of the ceremony, hosted by comedian Nik Rabinowitz and actress Connie Ferguson, the big winner was the e.tv drama series 4play — Sex Tips for Girls, which won five awards, including best TV drama, best director for Amanda Lane, best actor for Pallance Dladla, best supporting actor for Nazli George, best actress for Tiffany Jones-Barbuzano and best writing team in a TV drama series.

The best actor in a TV drama was Mothusi Magano for his role in 90 Plein Street.

In the comedy category, Leroy Gopal was named best actor for Ses’Top La, while Salamina Mosese was named best actress for Abo Mzala. The best ensemble was ZA News — Both Worlds.

In the TV soaps category, the best director award went to The Wild directing team, while the best writing team prize went to the team at e.tv’s Scandal! .

Kevin Smith of SABC3 soapie Isidingo won the best actor in a TV soap award, while Louise Barnes of e.tv’s Scandal! was named the best actress in a TV soap. The best ensemble in a TV soap prize went to e.tv’s Rhythm City.

The most popular soapie, as voted by the South African public, was SABC2’s 7de Laan.

For a full list of this year’s winners, see www.witness.co.za

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