The Satyr of Springbok Heights

An hour with the inmates of an architecture that captivates

Synopsis 20090617 SoSH POSTER
DIRECTOR: Robert Silke
South Africa 2009 58min

JHB Sat 5th / 5pm + GUEST Wed 9th / 6.45pm
CT Sun 13th / 5pm + GUESTS Tues 15th / 8.45pm + GUESTS

An Art-Deco gem of exquisite proportions, Springbok Heights’ curved balconies provide a commanding view of Cape Town’s historic Company Gardens and the mountain. Not so exquisite are its notorious residents who do not seem to have much command over themselves, let alone the mythical creature in their midst. Well known among Cape Town intellectuals, architects and journalists, the building, the existence of this particular Satyr, and the residents’ unwitting (or not) involvement with the Satyr, is researched, examined and dissected. Meanwhile the residents – greasy Wouter Malan, misunderstood Hilda Steyn and innocent Nathan Golding – pontificate on the intimacy of their closeted community, drawing a thin veil over the smouldering hotbed of lust, loneliness, inevitable tragedy and unrequited love that the halfbokke thrives on.

Director Silke is a guest of the Festival and will conduct Q&As after the screenings in Jozi and CT.

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Memorable Quotes 20090604 Wouter  Hilda hi-res
Hilda Steyn: How about a cup of coffee at my place ?
Wouter Malan: No thank you Hilda, there’s more than enough coffee at my place.