The Satyr of Springbok Heights, a technologically groundbreaking South African film which currently screening in the USA and now also in South Africa. It mades its Johannesburg premiere on Saturday 5 September at NuMetro Montecasino in Fourways, as part of its national run at the Out in Africa Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. It can also be seen on Wednesday 9 September at 18:45 with director Robert Silke and producer Aaron Scheiner present for Q&A’s after the screenings. It then moves to Cape Town.
In a first for the Out in Africa festival, the film will be screened in high definition video, which is the new high quality format found in high end Blu-ray disc players and due to be launched by the SABC in time for the world cup next year. “Blu-ray and High-Def is going to become a democratising force in filmmaking, since it allows low-budget producers (read South Africans) to screen at cinemas in a quality that begins to compete with traditional 35mm film,” said Robert Silke, the film’s Cape Town based director.
The Satyr of Springbok Heights is, according to Silke, a ‘mockumentary’ black comedy filmed in the genre of BBC’s The Office and centres around a sectional title apartment block in the centre of Cape Town. “Springbok Heights is an Art-Deco gem of exquisite proportions,” says Out in Africa Festival Director Nodi Murphy but, she continues, “not so exquisite are its notorious residents.”
“The film is a black comedy about poor whites living on the fringes of the new South Africa, and the unrequited love triangle that keeps them all stuck in the same building,” says director Robert Silke.
The film returns to South Africa after a successful run at the USA’s Rhode Island International Film Festival, and has just been announced as part of the Official Selection for the High Definition Film Festival to be held at Sony Laboratories on New York’s Madison Avenue in October.
Tickets for Johannesburg are limited and can be booked by visiting www.numetro.co.za or phoning (086) 110 0220. For more information and to buy the DVD, visit www.springbokheights.co.za