After winning the Best Short Film Audience at Shnit, The Suit has walked off with the Best Short Film award at Africa in Motion, Scotland African Film Festival.
The celluloid adaptation of The Suit, the famous short story by South African writer Can Themba is making waves on the local and international film festival circuit and is receiving rave reviews from the critics. The short film written and directed by AFDA alumni Jarryd Coetsee and produced by 2015 AFDA Honours graduate Luke Sharland has a massive 30 AFDA alumni and students on the crew.
“I have wanted to make a film of this special story from the very first time I read it in high school. I feel that people do not have an emotional or psychological gut understanding of what happened during the forced removals. Can Themba’s story is so powerful in bringing that dysfunction across on a human level.” says director Jarryd Coetsee.
The Suit has screened at the Zanzibar International Film Festival, and though not part of the official competition, it was awarded a Special Mention by the jury. The film has also shown out of competition at the Durban International Film Festival. The Suit will also be showing in competition at the following film festivals:
The Oscar-qualifying Urbanworld Film Festival – New York City – September, 21-25
Africa in Motion-Scotland African Film Festival, Winner for Best Short Film
Shnit International Short Film Festival – Winner of Best Short Film Audience award
9th Île Courts – International Short Film Festival of Mauritius / 9e edition de l’Île Courts – festival international du court métrage de Maurice! The festival runs from the 11th to 15th of October 2016.
The short story, The Suit, was first published in 1963. On publication, the story was banned by the apartheid regime.
South African writer and publisher Mothobi Mutloatse and playwright Barney Simon adapted the story into a play, first presenting it in 1994 at Johannesburg’s Market Theatre. The play has since been adopted, adapted and translated in French, and travelled around the world.
South African theatre legend John Kani, who produced The Suit on stage, makes a cameo appearance, while his son, Atandwa Kani plays the principle role alongside Phuti Nakane.
AFDA Alumni and students on The Suit Crew List:
Producer Luke Sharland: AFDA Alumni
Director/ Writer Jarryd Coetsee: AFDA Alumni
1st AD Reinhard Delport: AFDA Alumni
Production Manager Perrin Faerch: AFDA Alumni
D.O.P Briony Macloed: AFDA Alumni
Focus Puller/1st AC Luke Gordon: AFDA Alumni
Steadicam Operator/Grips Werner Nortje: AFDA Alumni
Editor Benard Bruwer: AFDA Alumni
Online Editor Karien Von Biljon: AFDA Hon Student
Art Director Devin Risely: AFDA Alumni
Production Designer Devin Risely: AFDA Alumni
Visual Effects Matt Coxon: 3rd Year Student
Sound Designer Justin Shepperson: AFDA Alumni
Composer Daniel Martins: AFDA Alumni
Post Sound Designer Nico Theomides AFDA Alumni
Marnus Maritz DIT/Colourist AFDA Hon Student
Darren Parker 2nd AD AFDA Hon Student
Tamsyn Hobbs CMS Assist AFDA Hon Student
Rainer Duve Edit Assist AFDA Hon Student
Anna Sophia Van Der Merwe Edit/Continuity AFDA Hon Student
Karien Von Biljon AD/Edit AFDA Hon Student
Kelly Ryan Production Assist AFDA Hon Student
David Wayne Smith AD/EPK Director AFDA Hon Student
Noxolo Lushozi Cine Assist AFDA Alumni
Kira Wolf Production Assistant 3rd Year Student
Afrika Majola Art Department Assist 3rd Year Student
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Dean Mbamba Cine Assist/Grips 3rd Year Student
Unathi Fani Production Assistant 3rd Year Student
Werner Nortjie Key Grip/ Steady Cam op 3rd Year Student
Jasmine Coryndon–‐Baker 2nd AC 3rd Year Student
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