Screening of "Felix" by Roberta Durrant

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14-year-old Felix Xaba dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father but his mother Lindiwe thinks jazz is the devil’s music. When Felix leaves his township friends to take up a scholarship at an elitist private school, he defies his mother and turns to two aging members of his father’s old band to help him prepare for the school jazz concert.

Commemorating the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s freedom and democracy since the first democratic elections on 27 April 29914, AfricAvenir Windhoek and the South African High Commission present the screening of the feel-good movie “Felix”, directed by Roberta Durrant, 2013, South Africa, 97 min., on Saturday, 30 August, 19h00, at the Goethe-Centre Windhoek.

The screening is presented in partnership with and with financial support of Old Mutual. 

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XC2YXTxuhQ 

The film has won a number of international awards and rave reviews that can be seen here:  http://www.felixthemovie.com/ 

Key Cast:
FELIX: Hlayani Jr. Mabasa
LINDIWE: Linda Sokhulu
MRS CARTWRIGHT: Janet Suzman
BRA JOE: Thapelo Mofokeng
FINGERS: Royston Stoffels
MR. MURRAY: Andre Jacobs
WISEMAN: Elvis Mahomba
ZANELE: Okwethu Banisi

Key Crew:
PRODUCER: Roberta Durrant
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Zanele Mthembu
DIRECTOR: Roberta Durrant
WRITER: Shirley Johnston
LINE PRODUCER: Kate Schalk
DOP: Natalie Haarhoff
ART DIRECTOR: Surisa Surisa
COSTUME DESIGN: Ayesha Khatieb
HAIR & MAKEUP: Islyn Goliath
EDITOR: Maryke Kruger
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Murray Anderson

Awards:
Among the awards are:

  • Audience Choice Award at Durban International Film Festival, Durban, South Africa,
  • Lucas award for best film at the Lucas International Children’s Film Festival, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Michel award at the Hamburg Film Festival , Germany
  • Best Director award at the African International Film Festival, Calabar, Nigeria
  • The Marcinek award for best full length film for children at the International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino, Poland
  • Teacher’s Jury Special mention award at the International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino, Poland
  • Special Jury Recognition: First Feature film by a director, at the Pan African Film festival, Los Angeles, USA
  • Audience Award at Tumbleweeds Film festival, Utah, USA
  • Best Children's Feature as voted by the Children's Jury in Antwerp at the European Youth Film festival of Flanders
  • Writer’s Guild of South Africa (WGSA) Muse Award for Best Feature Script
  • Youth Jury prize for Best Film at the Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth, Vancouver, Canada
  • Best Film award at Kikife International Children’s Film Festival, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
  • Die Goldene Klappe award for Best Picture at the Augsburg Children’s Film Festival, Germany

About the director:
Roberta Durrant graduated with an BA Hon degree in Drama and English from the University of Stellenbosch. In the early part of her career she acted in various television series in South Africa and feature films both local and international. She has performed and directed at the Young Vic Theatre and at the Edinburgh Festival.

Since 1985 she has produced and/or directed many drama series and 3 feature films in South Africa. Most notably: Multiple iEmmy nominee Home Affairs,Sokhulu and Partners, and award-winning comedies such as:  Madam and Eve, Stokvel and About Us.

Roberta has produced two feature films, Inside Out, successfully distributed in South Africa by Ster Kinekor and internationally by Icon Entertainment, and Skilpoppe, based on the award-winning novel by Barry Hough and part of M-Net’s Local Movie of the Month initiative.

In 2012 she directed and produced the feature film Felix, winner of the Audience Choice Award at Durban International Film Festival in South Africa, the Lucas award for best film at the Lucas International Children’s Film Festival in Frankfurt, the Michel award at the Hamburg Film Festival, the Best Director award at the African International Film Festival in Nigeria, as well as two awards at the International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino in Poland: The Marcinek award for best full length film for children and the Teacher’s Jury Special mention award. The film also received Special Jury Recognition for being the first feature film by a director at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles.

She received a 2012 Lifetime Achievement award from the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa.

African Perspectives is an ongoing project by AfricAvenir. Current partners are AfriCine, the Goethe-Centre Windhoek, Namibian German Foundation, WhatsOnWindhoek, and Turipamwe Design.

© Copyright AfricAvenir 2014

© Copyright AfricAvenir 2014