Graduation Festival
AFDA Study Year: Honors
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 24
Rating: L
Viewing Restriction: 13

The Ward

A young psychiatrist struggles with moral and ethical choices when it comes to the fate of his patients. Nicholas Ellis begins his career as a psychiatrist at a South African government funded mental institution,which desperately struggles with funding. This causes Ellis to quickly learn the difficulties of balancing rationality and empathy especially when it comes to a young boy named Thomas. However, Ellis' life takes a dark turn when he meets an allusive young girl who shows him the true nature of madness.


Nichola Ellis - Dillan Maart
Lucia - Jessica Elle Pybus
Thomas - Kabelo Khanye
Dr. Baliso - Odidi Mfenyana


Writer - Robyn Woolley
Director - Kristin Mogster
Executive Producer - AFDA
Associate Producer - Sinoxolo Bulana
Associate Producer - Siphosethu Ndunge
Cinematographer - Josemarie Nyagah, David Clifford-Holmes (3rd year)
Production Designer - Berto van Taak (2nd Year)
Editor - Shelby Ncube
Sound Design - Keagan Higgins
Composer - Zenande Twalo
Visual Effects - Eric Francis Mphande (3rd year)
Data Wrangler - Shelby Ncube
Colourist/Grader - David Clifford-Holmes (3rd Year)



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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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