This November, a brand new film festival is coming to Perth. Joziwood is a South African film festival which will be running for the first time next month. I’ve been speaking to the organisers behind the scenes for a few months now, and they are finally ready to launch this fantastic event to all of you!
What Is Joziwood?
Organiser Chris Greenwood from Prendiville College (where the film festival venue of the Redmond Theatre is situated) has been hard at work with his team to make sure the film festival is a great success. They’ve recently launched their venue and wanted to put it to good use with a range of different events. Knowing there is a large South African community in Perth, the idea of a South African film festival in Perth was born.
When Is Joziwood?
Held over 3 days starting Friday 17 November 2017, there will be several sessions of both short films and feature films. It’s a great mix of family friendly PG movies, award-winning documentaries and M rated feature films for grown up eyes only.
Where Is JoziWood?
The venue is the Redmond Theatre in Ocean Reef, making it a great location for anyone north of the river (if you’re south, it’s going to be well worth the trip I’m sure!). It’s just off Prendiville Drive, near the corner of Ocean Reef Road and Marmion Avenue.
What Films Are Being Shown?
There are a range of short films being shown across the sessions ranging from 2 – 30 minutes but the three main feature films being screened in the evenings are:
Friday 17 November
Durban Poision (2013) [M]
“Winner of Best South African Film at the 34th Durban International Film Festival, DURBAN POISON is an expose of a relationship between two lovers whose passionate affair self-destructed; they ended up as serial-killers, South Africa’s version of ‘Bonnie and Clyde’. Told in flashback the film follows the culprits and the police as they return to the scenes of the crime as a method of investigation. Flitting between the present and the past, the film is a tale of murder and romance, of truth and lies so the audience isn’t clear until the climax who is guilty but meanwhile have become complicit witnesses of a powerful, combustible romance.”
Saturday 18 November
Liewe Kersfeesvader (2017) [PG] – World Premiere
“A teenage beauty queen is flung into swift adulthood when her father assumes a new identity: Father Christmas. Juggling a crazy father, an impressionable kid brother and a growing romance, Nonnie has to redefine her own meaning of family.”
Sunday 19 November
The Boers At The End Of The World (2015) [PG] – Award-Winning
“In a remote stretch of Patagonia, Argentina, there is a family – the Dickasons – who speak a language from a country 7,000km to the east. They are part of a 114-year-old Afrikaans Boer community – South Africans of Dutch descent who sailed across the ocean to South America after the destruction of a war with the British. Today, less than 50 still speak the language and they struggle to keep their culture alive. Patriarch “Ty” Dickason, 82, is a cowboy who has never flown in a plane – and yet he yearns to one day visit the country of his blood before he and his compatriots pass away. This multiple SAFTA award-winning documentary is a portrait of the last days of the community – a parallel world where Afrikaans was never linked to Apartheid – and one family’s journey to reconnect with South Africa.”
Food & Drink
They’ve not only sourced some interesting films but they’ve managed to get some great food vendors on board too.
Copper & Oak will be providing the drinks which is sure to include a selection of your favourite South African tipples. They’ve also got not one, not two but three South African food trucks on board for the weekend!
Pepper Steak Tree, Big 5 Curry Den and Cheeky Crepes will all be there to keep your hunger at bay. There will also be some South African shops representing at the festival – Cape To Cairo, South African Essentials and African Heritage.
Where Can I Buy Tickets?
You can get your tickets now at TryBooking – they’re just $12 per ticket (that’s cheaper than cheap Tuesdays people!) or you can buy a pass for any screening of the whole festival for just $40. If you’re a film nut like me, this a a great value option! So grab your tickets now and support this great new initiative!
You can find out more on the Joziwood event page on Facebook too.
Thank you Chris, Anika and the rest of the team for making this happen right here in Perth!