Ban and glitches mar film festival

2013-07-23 00:00

IT’S not been a great start to this year’s Durban International Film Festival. First, the opening film, Of Good Report, was pulled before it could be shown and then another film, The Look of Love, had to be dropped from the line-up because no certification had been issued by the Film and Publications Board (FPB). And if that wasn’t enough, showings over the weekend were dogged by technical problems.

“If I was an audience member I would also be frustrated and quite angry,” said festival organiser Peter Machen. “It’s not much help to festival goers but I really love film and I’m heartbroken when I hear of a banning or about a technical breakdown.”

At the time of going to press the technical hiccups appeared to have been sorted out and no screenings were cancelled yesterday. “Despite the banning and the fact we had to cancel showings of The Look of Love, there is still a feast of local and international film on offer,” said Machen.

The festival and the film-makers have appealed the banning of Of Good Report, which features the sexual exploitation of a school pupil by a teacher. Currently both the FPB and the film’s producers are taking legal advice on the way forward.

“I understand the appeal is a 30 working day process,” said Lwazi Manzi, executive producer of Of Good Report, and the wife of its director Jhamil XT Qubeka. “But as the law stands, and I’m not a lawyer, I don’t see them budging from their original decision. We are now getting legal advice about taking the matter to the Constitutional Court.”

Qubeka was unavailable for comment, but Manzi said the banning would probably be presented to the Constitutional Court as a freedom of speech issue.

Meanwhile, Childline’s Joan van Niekerk said she was keen to view the film and have it properly examined by experts to see whether a compromise could be found.

This was important because it dealt with the inappropriate relationship between teachers and pupils.

“What we are saying is that let’s look if the film cannot be allowed for viewing even to a limited audience, for the greater good, or give the director a chance to remove the offending scene.

“To simply ban it outright seems to be very heavy-handed,” she said.

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