Second SA script wins short film competition

2014-05-12 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Henco J from Pretoria is already packing his suitcases for Hollywood to go make his own movie with Kill Bill actress Uma Thurman in the lead role.

Henco (33) was one of the winners of this year’s Jameson First Shot short film competition.

The competition is sponsored annually by the American actor and producer Kevin Spacey, working with Trigger Street Productions.

Three scriptwriters from around the world get a chance to make their own movie in Los Angeles and at the same time play producer with Thurman in the lead. The other two winners are Ivan Petukhov from Russia and Jessica Valentine from the U.S.

Henco said when the Skype call came, he though it was just another round for the competition.

“Even when Kevin Spacey’s face appeared it still did not register that I had won, I was just even more nervous.”

His winning script, The Mundane Goddess, tells the story of Hera, the queen of the Greek gods, who consults a therapist for ways to spice up her boring existence.

“We knew that Uma Thurman would play the lead and I wrote the script with her in mind. I think she is perfect for the role.”

Henco leaves for Los Angeles on June 3. “It has always been my big dream to work with a professional production team. And I want to learn as much as possible not only from the team, but also from Thurman, who has so much experience.”

The main part of his preparations is complete.

“One of the rounds was just the analysis of the script and how the scenes will be filmed.”

A professional tap dancer, Henco finished his drama degree cum laude at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria in 2013 and has been a guest actor on local television series including Binnelanders, 7de Laan and Generations in the past 12 years.

Last year, Johannesburg moviemaker Hanneke Schutte’s script Saving Norman also won the competition.

Schutte (37) said the competition was a huge boost to his career and a life-enriching experience,

“Playing ping-pong with Willem Dafoe between takes and attending my own premiere in Johannesburg are definitely up there with the highlights,” she added in a statement.

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