SA film competes with Hollywood heavyweights at festival

2011-10-15 00:00

SOUTH African film director Tim Greene’s latest offering Skeem, which opens in South Africa on October 28, will be up against new films by some of Hollywood’s leading lights at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival this weekend.

Greene is best known as the filmmaker who convinced 1 000 people to each invest R1 000 in his first feature film Boy Called Twist at a time when crowd sourcing was unknown in South Africa.

The film about a Cape Town street kid, based on Charles Dickens’s classic novel Oliver Twist, was released to critical acclaim and went on to screen at Cannes and festivals around the world.

Skeem, which will have its world premiere at the festival tomorrow, is a classic caper movie that follows a mile-a-minute chase after a cardboard box full of cash. It will compete in the showcase section alongside films by Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders, George Clooney, Steven Soderbergh, Werner Hertzog and Terry Gilliam.

“It is a great honour to be included,” says producer Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat.

“To be considered good enough to be in competition with these films is a dream come true …”

Skeem’s cast includes Kenneth Nkosi, Rapulana Seiphemo and Wandile Molebatsi, who can also be seen on the big screen in eLollipop II: A Million Colours in the coming months .

• arts@witness.co.za

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