Lockdown DIY excellence meets to high fashion spy thrillers to Zulu folklore, some of South Africa's most favourite young filmmakers have proudly displayed how talented they are at story telling. Regardless of the restrictions lockdown has had on the industry, and peak uncertainty for freelance creatives, these shorts prove creativity and perseverance will always win. These are our favourites.
Directed by Hallie Hayler and shot with zero budget and a modest crew of just two, BELOVELY is an offbeat, surreal short film exploring a young woman's fantasies about her crush and the theatrics of flirtation.
The film has already picked up selections at festivals around the world including the Independent Short Awards, First Time Filmmaker Sessions and the Polish film festival - Demakijaz Women's Film Fest.
"With time on her hands, a woman gets lost in a daydream" Interlude is the beautiful collaboration between filmmakers Talya Galasko (AKA famed good vibes dancing lady) Deon van Zyl and art director Adi Koen. A delightful experiment and official Vimeo Staff Pick that I can only describe as simply breathtaking.
The Thebe Magugu SS21 collection is nothing short of pure elegance and precision. Of course, we expect nothing less from South Africa's much loved LVMH prize winner. The collection's accompanying fashion film first premiered on Vogue during Paris Fashion Week is as much of a thrill.
Directed by Kristin-Lee Moolman and styling by Ibrahim Kamara, Counter Intelligence draws inspiration from movements such as The Black Sash a series of interviews conducted by Thebe Magugu and confessed female ex-spies who worked for and against South Africa's Old Regime. With a special contribution from Jonathan Ancer, author of "BETRAYAL": The Secret Lives of Apartheid Spies.
“The images from popular culture are quite far from reality,” Magugu shares during a Vogue interview... “Spies are living amongst us; they’re our friends, family, teachers, and even mothers"... “I was trying to understand the psychology,” he says. “What would drive someone to commit high treason?”
A story by Mel Mthembu, "When Mzwandile picks up a hitchhiker on the road in the middle of the night and gives her a lift home, little does he know that not everything is as it seems with this beautiful stranger. Based on a true story and popular South African folklore, this short film, set in uMlazi, Durban, follows Mzwandile's quest as he navigates the series of events that follow soon after he discovers the truth about the hitch-hiking stranger he's now faced with".
"Born from an exploration of how our relationships and family brings the ultimate meaning to our lives. Our protagonist is submerged in a nightmarish world where he is constantly chasing and running after a better reality, in which he keeps replaying memories of a simpler time with his partner, his muse, and his family. He lives in a constant turmoil of trying to return to a life before chaos.
Replaying memories of their most sacred family moments, he keeps wishing he appreciated all the seemingly insignificant events. His anguish builds up and then reaches a breaking point, upon the viewer is taken through a self-realisation that what is most important during a crisis, are the steady rhythmic beats of our relationships.
The film was shot as a passion project before the world as we know it was turned upside down. The post production direction has taken a few twists and turns, as we realised the film is incredibly relevant as a social commentary to the current world crisis, and the collective challenge that has brought about so much change." Directed by Cape Town/London film photographer and director Dillon Buirski.
Words by Roger Sivuyile Lupuwana.
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