Less than slick

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As award sea­son con­tin­ues, on Thurs­day night we rubbed shoul­ders with the cream of the crop of South Africa’s TV and film world at the 10th an­nual SA Film and Tele­vi­sion Awards nom­i­nees’ din­ner. The Venue in Mel­rose Arch was, re­gret­tably, a bit­ter dis­ap­point­ment. It was hope­lessly too small to ac­com­mo­date the large crowd. A big­ger venue would have helped a great deal – at least one that could ac­com­mo­date all the ac­tors, ac­tresses, pro­duc­tion teams and me­dia present.

The event also started an hour late be­cause the stars of the night were fash­ion­ably late.

And if that wasn’t enough, the TV screens at the event had ex­tremely poor-qual­ity vol­ume, so most of the time we couldn’t hear what was be­ing said.

Our em­cee for the evening was Katlego Maboe, the host of SABC3’s Ex­presso show, who looked sleek in an all-black suit.

He for­mally wel­comed at­ten­dees and in­formed guests what they could ex­pect from the night. From a long and ex­haust­ing pro­gramme list, the speak­ers in­cluded Na­tional Film and Video Foun­da­tion CEO Zama Mkosi, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from their part­ner on the evening, McDon­ald’s McCafé (I kid you not), the SA Film and Tele­vi­sion Awards chair­per­son Zanele Mthembu, and TV ac­tor Tu­misho Masha, who was part of the judg­ing panel.

The less-than-slick evening took a turn for the worse as we sat through the an­nounce­ment of 90 cat­e­gories for the Golden Horn doc­u­men­tary short nom­i­na­tions 2016. Let’s just say it was a long night. Spot­ted on the red car­pet were best achieve­ment by a lead ac­tor in a TV drama nom­i­nee Siyabonga Radebe; best ac­tress nom­i­nee Nthati Moshesh; Isi­baya ac­tor Vusi Kunene; Isidingo ac­tor Mot­latsi Mafat­she; co­me­dian and ac­tress Tumi Mo­rake; and her ac­tor, di­rec­tor and writer hubby Mpho OseiTutu.

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