SA farce gets film fest audience award

2011-10-25 10:27

South African director Tim Greene’s second film, Skeem, walked away with the Audience Choice Award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival this week.

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.

Twist was an interesting take on the Charles Dickens’ classic set on Cape Town’s meaner streets and it screened at Cannes and has enjoyed success on the festival circuit.

Skeem was selected to compete in the Showcase section of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, putting it in competition with films by such legendary directors as Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders, 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. To think that our local comedy film can travel and can be relevant to a global audience and compete successfully with the best films in the world gives me hope for the future of South African films.”

Director Tim Greene is justifiably pleased. He said: “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.

“To be recognised and honoured in this way is so humbling. I set out to make a film that people would want to see, and so to know that they enjoyed it is immensely gratifying.”

Skeem is a farce movie with an all-star cast including Grant Swanby, Kenneth Nkosi, Rapulana Seiphemo, Casey B Dolan, Terence Bridgett, Zikhona Sodlaka, David Isaacs and Kurt Schoonraad, about what a motley collection of small-time crooks and greedy holidaymakers will do to get a box full of cash.

» Skeem opens at cinemas on Friday. To read a review, see 7 in Sunday’s City Press


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