INumber Number up for big African film award
For the first time, the continent’s most hyped film awards, the Africa Movie Academy Awards will be held outside Nigeria – in Johannesburg, specifically.
The 11th edition of the annual acknowledgement of cinematic excellence in Africa will be coming our way in September, it was announced at a glitzy function in Beverly Hills, US. In attendance at the awards’ nominations party was actress and producer Terry Pheto, who mingled with A-listers including Oscar-winner Louis Gossett Jr.
Pheto was reportedly delighted by the slew of South African nominations, with local heist thriller iNumber Number scooping 12, including best film, best director (Donovan Marsh) and best supporting actor (Israel Makoe).
iNumber Number pipped Timbuktu (Mali) and Run (Ivory Coast), which each earned 11 nods.
Marsh was thrilled when City Press contacted him this week, as was South Africa’s beloved baddie, Makoe.
“I was ecstatic to be recognised at that level, considering the record number of entrants,” said Marsh. As many as 800 entries were received for the Africa Movie Academy Awards. Marsh, who never dreamt the film would travel outside this country’s borders, is touted as South Africa’s next big-name director. iNumber Number was picked for US distribution and the story was bought to be remade in Hollywood.
Makoe, who plays hardened gangster Skroef in iNumber Number, told City Press: “You always feel proud when your work is acknowledged; it means people consider what you do. It’s encouragement to keep going.”
South African actor Tony Kgoroge received a best actor nomination for his performance in local gang thriller Cold Harbour, and Cape Town-based director Jenna Bass’ feature debut, Love The One You Love, is also in the running.
Two South African documentaries – The Dream of Shahrazad by François Verster and Nelson Mandela, the Myth and Me by Khalo Matabane – round off local nominations at 17.
Last year the country won four awards, including best film for the controversial Of Good Report.
Israel Makoe leads a heist gang in iNumber Number