Less than slick
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.