Local all-female Western gets funding boost

2014-11-20 16:20

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Flatland tells the story of a lonely policewoman longing to reunite with her fugitive boyfriend; while simultaneously tasked with a murder investigation that has a newly-married former housekeeper and a heavily-pregnant teen as prime suspects. Helped and hindered along the way by an ensemble of wayward denizens, the unlikely trio soon become embroiled in a cross-country chase as they navigate the Karoo semi-desert in freezing winter, at times on horseback, all the while in search of a new life and fresh start. Bass’ debut feature film Love the One You Love won her best South African film and best South African director at the 35th Durban International Film Festival earlier this year.

Bass is hoping the film will challenge the roles of woman in the notoriously chauvinist Western genre, “Normally, in Westerns, the women are implicated but you very seldom find them driving the plot.”

They often gaze from the porch while the men ride off to save the day with ruthless courage. When you put women in the men’s position you suddenly get all these questions raised.”

Other projects in the works for this writer to watch include a script in development called Tok Tokkie, a supernatural set in Capetown about an NGO that works to protect ghosts in the mother city.

In the words of John Wayne in Stagecoach, the film that made him a star, “There are some things a man just can’t run away from.” Look out John:  Jenna’s coming. Queue tumbleweed. 

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