Sunday, September 15, 2013

Felix


About 2 years ago I produced an inspirational story for the Dr Mol Show on actress Gaynor Young. The insert featured her friend actress/writer/director Shirley  Johnston, who really made an impression on me. She was incredibly warm and generous with her time, so when I saw her talking about her new movie on TV I made plans to see it the next day to support her. I had no idea what it was about and walked in with no expectations.

Felix is a universal story, set in post-Apartheid South Africa, which tells the tale of a young boy named Felix who pursues his passion for jazz music, despite strong opposition from his mother. Written by Johnston and produced/directed by Roberta Durrant, what I loved about this film is that it managed to move me. It was funny, it was clever, it was entertaining, I could relate to it and it made me incredibly grateful that cinemas are dark, as I dabbed tears from my eyes.

I love the fact that South African film makers can finally make feel-good films that don't rely on Apartheid or safari fantasies for funding or storylines. Though there are inevitably cheesy moments that do make you cringe a little (because they're too close to home, and this is inevitably the classic tale of an underdog overcoming the odds family film), the script is incredibly smart, and manages to capture and comment on a South Africa in transition. The theme is universal, and the characters are people we all know - I could go on...

The film stars Hlayani Mabasa in the title role, the legendary Dame Janet Suzman and well-known TV actress Linda Sohkulu - who shines in her film debut. Linda is fantastic in this film - she is great on TV, but she kills it on the big screen.

I can't sell it anymore than that. Please support good local cinema and see this film ASAP.

Click Here to visit the official website of Felix.