Antoinette Louw bags Best Actress Award at Cape Town Film Festival

News, 25 October 2017



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AFDA Johannesburg multi-award winning Live Performance alumna, Antoinette Louw, walked off with the Best Actress Award at the Cape Town International Film Festival 2017 for her role in the film “For An Act of Defiance” – The story of Bram Fischer”.

Antoinette studied drama at the University of the Free State and received her degree cum laude in 1996. In her third year she tried her hand as producer and director of the play, “The Woman Who Cooked her Husband”, a black comedy by the British playwright Debbie Issit.  The production was invited to perform in London at the Courtyard Theatre.  During her studies she was also awarded the André du Plessis award for best second year drama student, South African Theatre Journal award for best third year drama student, Elsa Krantz award for best drama student 1994-1996, UOFS Merit Bursary for Arts and Culture, UOFS Honorary Colours for Arts and Culture.

Antoinette returned to South Africa after a few months in London and studied film acting at AFDA under the direction of award winning playwright, Deon Opperman. There she landed the lead in the M-Net short film, “Skidmarks” and was awarded both the AFDA and M-Net Awards for Best Film Actress for her role as “Stacey”, a second rate beauty queen.

After graduating from AFDA she took a break from the entertainment industry for a couple of years. On her return to South Africa, Antoinette decided to do that which she loved best: acting and writing. Shortly after her arrival in Johannesburg , she landed the role of “Inge van Schalkwyk” in 7de Laan. Aside from being one of the regular cast on 7de Laan, Louw has also played the roles of “Candy” on the series   Die Netwerk ,  “Denise” on Jacob's Cross and “Sandra” on Binnelanders.

Antoinette has also played the leading roles in the theatre plays “Women of Troy”,  “The Women who Cooked her Husband”, “Rudely Stamped”, Engele Soner Vlerke”, “Die Trommel”, “Simple Bloody Simon”, “Afspraak” and “Dis ek Anna”.

She does not shy away from the red carpet and limelight either, winning the SAFTA for her role in Deon Meyer’s “Die Laaste Tango” as well as a nomination for best actress in the Afrikaans short film “Totsiens Pa”.

Antoinette also stars in the Afrikaans feature film “‘n Man Soos My Pa”, playing a sensational role as the character “Nakkie”.

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