Moneoa Moshesh as Eve and Richard Lukunku as Badman in ‘Back of the Moon’.
The crème de la crème of the national and international film industry arrived at the Elangeni Hotel dressed in their finest for the chic, elegant and black tie themed Durban International Film Festival awards, which culminated in Academy Award nominee, Angus Gibson’s local hit, ‘Back of the Moon’, winning the famed ‘Best South African Feature Film’ award.
It was a big night indeed for the cast and crew of ‘Back of the Moon’.
Starring acting gems, Richard Lukunku, Moneoa Moshesh, Lemogang Tsipa, Siya Zulu and Thomas Gumede, the probing and brilliant masterpiece is set in Sophiatown, 1958.
On the eve of his home being demolished by apartheid police, Badman, a notorious gangster, decides to fight them to the death. But then Eve, a gorgeous torch singer, is thrust into his orbit.
On the last day of his life, Badman finds something worth living for.
Prior to the awards evening, Videovision Entertainment’s director of acquisition and distribution, Sanjeev Singh, was quoted as saying, “We are thrilled to have the world premiere of Back of the Moon at the 40th edition of the Durban International Film Festival. The movie gives us an authentic snapshot of life in Sophiatown, an area of Johannesburg that was a hub of black intellectualism and a hotbed of political activity which was destroyed by the apartheid state.”
Seen at the glamourous DIFF awards were the ‘Back of the Moon’ team: actors, Richard Lunkunku, Lemogang Tsipa, Moneoa Moshesh, director, Angus Gibson, producer, Desiree Markgraff, associate producer, Kutlwanao Ditsele with Videovision Entertainment’s Anant Singh and Sanjeev Singh. PIC: Videovision Entertainment
Upon accepting the award, Gibson, the director, told the delighted crowd of the challenges they faced during the making of the movie and how, at one stage, they believed that they should pull the plug due to the brutality of certain scenes.
However, not giving up on the movie, certainly paid off in grand style for the director, production crew and cast members as they won big on the night of the DIFF awards.
After the awards presentation concluded, the awardees, stars, film-makers and invited guests danced the night away to the fantastic musical soundings of local group, ‘2 Unique’.