Silwerskermfees 2015: fresh popcorn, fresh ideas

Silwerskermfees 2015Do you smell the fresh popcorn floating through on the salty Camps Bay breeze? It’s Silwerskermfees time again, 4 days of fabulous South African film.

The heart of the film festival is the 15 short films commissioned by kykNET with a budget of R120 000 a piece. Over the years many film makers have parlayed their “15 minutes” into bigger opportunities like Buurtwag, that won best direction (Jaco Smit) and best screenplay (Beer Adriaanse) in 2012 that has since been adapted into a series for kykNET.

Here’s a few of my top picks for this year:

Short films

KleingeldSilwerskermfees 2015: Kleingeld

Last year Gambit Films was a Silwerskermfees audience favourite with Nommer 37, a thriller based in the Cape Flats. This year’s offering is an off beat love story of an awkward petrol attendant in love with a cashier.

Director: Jenn van Zyl
Writers: George van de Riet en Zenn van Zyl
Producers: Travis Taute and Nosipho Dumisa
Starring: Edwin van der Walt, Marvin-Lee Beukes, Shamilla Miller and Roland Reed

Silwerskermfees 2015: BeurtkragBeurtkrag

Just mention the word ‘loadshedding’ (or beurtkrag in Afrikaans) and a chorus of sighs are sure to follow. A short film (with the emphasis on short) with loadshedding as the antagonist to a couple in their perfect little home seems to be  something all South African can relate to.

Director: Tina Kruger
Writer: Stiaan Smith
Producer: Stiaan Smith, Tina Kruger, Bouwer Bosch and Rachelle Crous
Starring: Stiaan Smith and Lilani Prinsen

FotoSilwerskermfees 2015: Foto

Foto follows a young photographer trying to track down the origins of a photo taken in a time before reverse Google image search.

Director and writer: Linsen Loots
Producer: Mandelise van Loggerenberg
Starring: Antoinette Louw, Roeline Daneel, Ludwig Binge and Albert Maritz.

Full length film: Dis ek, Anna

Dis ek, Anna is based on Anchien Troskie’s best selling novels, Dis ek, Anna and Die Staat teen Anna Bruwer about a young girl molested by her stepfather.

The film recently ran into some controversy when the Films and Publications Board (FPB) classified the film as “borderline pornographic”, with a rating of 18LSV. This was a surprising move as there are no frontal nudity or explicit sex scenes in the film. On mybroadband producer Niel van Deventer said the point of the film is to address rape and abuse issues in South Africa, and that a “huge number” of under-18s in the country are affected by abuse.

Starring: Charlene Brouwer, Morné Visser, Marius Weyers, Nicola Hanekom, Elton Landrew and Ilse Klink.
Director: Sara Blecher.

Date: 26 to 29 Augustus 2015
Venue: The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay
Tickets: R150/day or R500 for the full 4 day festival

Click here for more information on the films and the program.