02 October 2018, News

What a rare and lovely sight it is to see three South African feature films of three different genres rocking the SA box office at the same. In the last month alone, the harrowing true-life story of Cape Town mother Ellen Pakkies, who tragically took the life of her drug-addicted son in 2007, after suffering years of abuse at his hands film, ‘Ellen: Die Storie van Ellen Pakkies’, directed by AFDA alumnus Daryne Joshua, in only its third week in cinemas, has already amassed R3,5million.

The adventure drama, ‘Stroomop’, produced by AFDA alumnus Danie Bester, has raked in a whopping R7.1million in seven weeks, making the the top box office SA film hit of 2018. The film follows the lives of five unique and diverse women who are all trying to keep their heads above water on the river that we call life, but who are actually busy drowning under the weight of the definition of being perfect.

Nigerian-born director and AFDA alumnus Adze Ugah's brutally honest, raunchy and female-driven romantic comedy, ‘Looking for Love’ also has people sitting on cinema seats, keeping the cash register rolling with takings of R1.5million.

2018 has proved to be a SA box office success story for AFDA alumni, with the films:

 ‘Susters’, directed by Corne van Rooyen and starring Diaan Lawrenson - R5million

‘Thys & Trix’, produced by Danie Bester – R3million

‘Raaiselkind’, starring Diaan Lawrenson – R2.4million

‘The Wound, produced by Elias Ribeiro and Cait Pansegrouw – R2.3million

‘Nommer 37’, directed by Nosipho Dumisa – R1,5million

A standing ovation to all our alumni who are creating great South African films and attracting more and more viewers to cinemas nationwide. We are looking forward to all the films still due for release this year.    

AFDA is the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, and is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate no. 2001/HE07/012.

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