by Ivan Fallon.
“People’s perceptions of a country are often defined by its cinema,” says the veteran film-maker John Irvin, the driving force behind the new South African Annual Film Festival which is launched at BAFTA this week-end. “Think of the American Western, musicals, comedies and gangster movies; think France and the Nouvelle Vague; think England’s James Bond and the Ealing comedies. South Africa has a rich literary tradition and now is the time to promote its cinematic endeavour.”
Until the past few years South Africa has been better known as a location for shooting foreign films rather than as a film-maker in its own right. The festival, which will take place in February, is aimed at show-casing an emerging generation of local film-makers who are beginning to make waves on the international scene.
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