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OUT IN AFRICA South African Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Johannesburg: Nu Metro Montecasino 3-13 September
Cape Town Nu Metro V&A Waterfront 10-20 September

1. Beautiful Contradictions (World Première), Dir: Fanney Tsimong, South Africa 2009 24min
Smooth, successful, and yet so conflicted, Tony Nkosi is trying to work, albeit fruitlessly, through his inner turmoil where cultural and familial expectations conflict with emotional and physical needs. He tells his shrink, Dr Stacey, that he doesn’t date men, and yet he can neither let his shag-buddie Thabo go nor give him the emotional commitment he needs. Tsimong and Producer Ndaba will present their film in Jozi. Precedes SHANK.

2. In His Image (World Première), Dir: Ofentse Gcwabe South Africa 2008 13min
Despite having one of the most liberal societies on earth, some faction of this society refused to abide by the ideals outlined in our Constitution, and continue to vilify the gays and lesbians in their midst, justified by their interpretation of God’s word. In this searching documentary, the filmmakers speak to the naysayers and the preachers that spread their homophobic word, and the victims and the preachers who daily work to undo this work ‘In His name’. Director Gcwabe will present her film in CT. Precedes APOSTLES OF CIVILISED VICE.

3. Inclinations, Dir: Shelly Barry, USA 2005 13min
A New York writer suitably cloistered in her loft battles writer’s block as she tries to lay down an erotic short story. Help comes in the form of the delicious Eve, a friend who awakens all manner of potential plot possibilities, and a menagerie of her own storybook characters, who conspire to help her see the truth staring her in the face. Barry will present her film in CT. Precedes DYKUMENTARY.

4. Jacaranda Sunrise, Dir: Beverley Gurwicz, South Africa 2008 12min
A short ‘n’ sweet, fresh view of Jozi street life and a curious friendship. A former driver in more prosperous times, Jerry now spends his days on his corner, watching the cars and looking out for sex worker Bongani and recording the names of his clients. Despite Bongani taking care of his ‘manager’, Jerry knows that the street can be a dangerous place, and his days are numbered. Gurwicz will present her film in Jozi. Precedes NOAH’S ARC.

5. James, Dir: Connor Clements, Northern Ireland 2008 17min
(Official Selection, Sundance 2009)
In what is one of the most powerful (and multi-award winning) films of the Festival, first-time director Clemens delves briefly, but with devastating effect, into the turmoil and confusion of a young boy’s life as he comes to terms with his gayness. Unflinching, brave and sensitively done, it is an indictment of the dangers of political correctness and speaks volumes about the compulsion to come out and what the lack of support can do to youth. The film triumphs largely thanks to a masterful performance from young actor Niall Wright. Precedes CURIOSITY OF CHANCE.

AWARDS:
Belfast FF 2008 – Best Northern Irish Film,
Dublin ILL&GFF 2008 – Best Short Gaze,
Iris Prize Festival 2008 – Best UK Short,
Honolulu IFF 2009 – Gold Kahuna Award,
UK National Student FF 2009 – Grand Jury Award ,
Honolulu Rainbow FF 2009 – Best Short

6. Say Hi to Bangkok (World Première), Dir: John Trengove, USA / South Africa 2009 15min
In this grainy snippet of Manhattan life, hot, tall, willowy transsexual Lasharne dreams of finally completing her transition, but her hopes of finding a ‘sponsor’ for the transformative trip to Bangkok are proving difficult. Her friends scoff at her chances, while her current beau takes her for granted. What’s a girl to do? Trengrove will present his film in Jozi. Precedes DIRTY LAUNDRY.