Multi-award-winning ‘Miners Shot Down’ adds more accolades

2015-03-23 00:00

THE multi-award-winning ­documentary Miners Shot Down, which tells the story of the Marikana massacre in August 2012, has added more trophies to its cabinet.

It won the South African Film and Television Award (Safta) Golden Horns for best documentary feature and best sound for Vaughn Phillips and Mark Phillips.

The awards were presented during the first part of the ceremony, hosted by the National Film and Television Foundation, in Johannesburg on Friday.

The film was also nominated for directing (Rehad Desai) and editing (Kerryn Assaizky and Megan Gill), but lost out in these categories to Annalet Steenkamp for I, Afrikaner ­(directing) and Annamarie James for The Vula Connection (editing).

Commenting on their awards, the filmmakers said: “We hope that in winning this award Miners Shot Down will be screened on SABC TV and in the coming weeks.”

The film, which has received accolades around the world, has been screened on ED (DStv channel 190) and Al Jazeera but has yet to shown by the national broadcaster or

The Vula Connection also took the prize for cinematography for Peter Rudden.

In other technical categories, the feature film iNumber Number won two awards for Donovan Marsh (scripting and editing).

Vicci Turpin, meanwhile, picked up a Golden Horn for cinematography for Four Corners, which also won the awards for sound for Barry ­Donnelly and original score for Markus Wormstorm.

Faan se Trein took home two prizes: make-up and hairstyling for Theola Booysens and art/production design for Waldemar Coetsee. And Pierre Vienings won the prize for costume design for Winnie Mandela.

The big winner in the ­documentary short category was Port Nolloth: Between a rock and a hard place, which was named best documentary short, and won prizes for directing for Felix Seuffert and ­editing for Anna Telford.

Seuffert won another Golden Horn for his cinematography on the short Orbis, which also took home the prize for sound.

In the wildlife films section the bulk of the prizes went to Earth Touch’s Hippo vs Croc, which got the best wildlife film prize, and awards for cinematography, editing, original score, and sound.

The best director award in this ­category, however, was Kyle O Donoghue for Mystery of the Arctic Cairn.

Friday’s event was hosted by ­international Emmy nominee Loyiso Gola. The Saftas in the creative ­categories, including those for best feature film, were handed out in ­Johannesburg last night.

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