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Of Good Report

Introverted and seemingly gentle high school teacher Parker Sithole has a quiet passion for literature and is presented to a new school as a man "of good report". In a local bar Parker meets a mesmerizing young woman and falls for her - but the next day she walks into his classroom and he realizes that the blossoming love which has brought joy into his world is forbidden. Parker develops and obsession with his vivacious pupil and she returns his affections until their love story reaches a tragic end. The film is an intense and profoundly executed thriller following this deeply disturbed teacher who is externally "of good report" and yet hiding a grisly murder which preys on his mind as a local policewoman hunts him, coming closer and closer to the awful truth...

Production Details

Jahmil XT Qubeka, South Africa, 2013
Xhosa, Sotho, English with English Subtitles, 109 min
With: Mothusi Magano, Petronella Tshuma, Thobi Mkhwanazi, Nomhlé Nkyonyeni
Produced by: Michael Auret and Luzuko Dilima

Distribution Details

Distribution: Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Contact: info(at)africavenir.org 
Format: DCP, DVD
Language: English Subtitles
Poster/Pictures/Press Kit: Can be sent digitally

Awards

  • (Banned) Opening Film, Durban International Film Festival, 2013
  • “Artistic Bravery” award, newly created award in honour of Qubeka’s film, at Durban International Film Festival, 2013
  • Opening Film and Winner Best Film, 3rd Africa International Film Festival, Calabar, Nigeria, 2013
  • Official Competition, 57th BFI London Film Festival, 2013
  • Chicago International Film Festival, 2013
  • Toronto International Film Festival, 2013
  • Dubai International Film Festival, 2013
  • Stockholm International Film Festival, 2013
  • Opening Film, Pan African Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA, 2014
  • Nominated in 13 categories, the film won six main Awards at the South African Film and Television Awards 2014, among which: Best Lead Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director and Best Film, 2014
  • Nominated in 13 categories for the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), it won Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Director, Best Young Promising Actor and Best Lead Actor Awards, 2014

Press Reviews

“… a psycho romance… superbly exciting… a fine, assured thrilling, and complicated piece of South African cinema.. Turn away if you’re squeamish about details.” Kavish Chetty, Mahala

“Rather it's one of the most intriguing, surprising and intelligent pieces of cinema to come out of South Africa in decades. Of Good Report shines a ray of hopeful light for filmmakers who feel trapped by the belief that the only way to make films is to conform to the standards and interference of those who hold the purse strings.” Times Live

“Set in a rural town that reeks of the economically precarious working poor's despair, “Of Good Report” dives into the rarely visited moral worlds of these impoverished communities, burrowing into their dark recesses and exploring their complex social webs. In this forgotten place, a place rife with vice, greed, loneliness, and the fear of sinking further into poverty, a man can get away with anything — including a gruesome murder. TIFF

"What makes Of Good Report a brilliant film is not only the fact that Qubeka pushed it to unimaginable height with his directorial prowess but also that he managed to address numerous issues that plague many African countries." Faith Haushona-Kavamba, Windhoek Observer

Director: Jahmil XT Qubeka

Award-Winning Filmmaker and Screenwriter Jahmil X.T. Qubeka has a decade long career spanning an entire spectrum of filmmaking disciplines. Most notably, his documentary and feature film work has enjoyed screenings at various prestigious international film festivals including Rotterdam Film Festival, Pusan International Film Festival (Korea), Dubai Film Festival, Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival, Open Doek (Warsaw), Stolkholm Film Festival amongst others. In 2005 an Aids documentary he directed for Sesame Street won the prestigious Peabody Award in America for best actuality programing. Jahmil was the official guest of the French Institute at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival' Marche Du Film. At the event he screened an esoteric martial arts fantasy film he co-wrote and co-directed, (Shogun Khumalo is Dying! Official Selection DIFF 2006). In 2007 he produced and co-wrote the low -budget feature film, uMalusi (official Selection DIFF 2008). The film was released theatrically in South Africa by the Ster-Kinekor group.

Other Documentary titles include: ‘Reporting Live from The Concrete Jungle’ - 2000, ‘Intifada Comes to WSSD’- 2001, ‘Qula Kwedini: A Rite of Passage’ – 2002, ‘The Italian Co-Production, Zulu Meets Jazz - 2005. He also directed episodes of various television Drama series, including Mtunzini. Com as well as the South African hit youth soapie, Tshisa 2.

In 2009 Jahmil made his feature film directorial debut with the stylish noirs, A Small Town Called Descent. Also written and shot by him, the 'detective' drama features a plethora of South Africa' top acting talent including the likes of Fana Mokoena (Hotel Rwanda) and Vusi Kunene (Cry The Beloved Country). The ensemble cast also includes veteran Hollywood character actor, John Savage (The Deer Hunter, Salvador). The film recently won the Programmer' Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles 2012. Jahmil has also been a feature film jury member at two prestigious film festivals, namely the Durban International Film Festival in Durban as well as the Cairo International Children’s Film Festival. A dedicated advocate of African Filmmaking, Jahmil continues to make independent and engaging work.

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