film fest:top award for flick

2011-10-29 00:00

ACCLAIMED South African director Tim Greene’s second film Skeem walked away with the audience choice award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival last week.

Greene is best known as the film-maker who convinced 1 000 people to each invest R1 000 in his first feature film, Boy Called Twist, which was released to critical acclaim in 2003 and went on to screen at Cannes and festivals around the world.

Skeem was selected to compete in the Showcase section of the festival, putting it in competition with films by legendary directors like Martin Scorsese, George Clooney, Steven Soderbergh, Werner Hertzog and Terry Gilliam.

“It was such a great honour just to be included,” says producer Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat, “To actually win the audience award is a dream come true …”

Greene added: “If you look at the cast lists of the films we were competing against, they’re all A-list Hollywood celebs! It just makes me feel so proud of our local talent …”

In Skeem, Greene milks plenty of madcap mayhem from this farce about a motley collection of small-time crooks and greedy holidaymakers at a rundown resort plotting against each other to get their hands on a cardboard box full of cash.

The film opened in South African cinemas on October 28.

• arts@witness.co,za

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