‘Bang Bang Club’ nominated for seven of Canada’s Genie awards

2012-01-23 00:00

THE Bang Bang Club, which tells the story of South Africa’s famed team of photographers Ken Oosterbroek, Kevin Carter, João Silva and Greg Marinovich has been nominated for seven Genie Awards — Canada’s equivalent of the Oscars.

The four photojournalists became renowned for documenting the violence in the townships in the turbulent period between 1990 and 1994, leading up to South Africa’s first democratic elections. The Canadian-South African production, directed by Emmy Award winner Steven Silver, a South African writer, director and producer, is based on the autobiography The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War, co-written by Greg Marinovich and João Silva.

Vancouver-based Tyler Kitsch received a nomination for his role as Kevin Carter, a supremely talented but troubled photographer who committed suicide 14 months after winning the Pulitzer Prize, while Silver was nominated both for best director and for his adapted screenplay of Marinovich and Silva’s book. Other nominations were for art direction, cinematography, music score and sound.

“Bang Bang Club has been a hit with audiences and critics alike,” said Lance Samuels, producer of the film.

“It’s a great honour for a South African co-production, which tells the story of a tumultuous and significant time in South Africa’s history, to receive this level of recognition from such an esteemed industry body.”

“The film combines action and drama and pays tribute to the bravery of photojournalists,” said Helen Kuun, CEO of Indigenous Film Distribution, the South African distributor.

“What’s really noteworthy about the Genie nominations is that it places the film right up there with Jean-Marc Vallée’s Café de Flore, which received 13 nominations and David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, which received 11 nominations. It’s a great achievement for a great South African film.”

The awards will be announced in Toronto on Thursday, March 8.

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