The Suit wins @ Africa in Motion

November 4, 2016 1:48 pm

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

Additional Assistants

Kira Wolf Production Assistant 3rd Year Student

Afrika Majola Art Department Assist 3rd Year Student

The Suit Crew List The Suit Intern List

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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