INum­ber Num­ber up for big African film award

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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.

PHOTO: QUIZZI­CAL PIC­TURES

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Is­rael Makoe leads a heist gang in iNum­ber Num­ber

Dono­van Marsh

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