5 short films we’re excited to see at the Silwerskerm Festival this year

2015-08-25 09:03

Cape Town – Moviegoers, the Silwerskerm Festival 2015 is almost here!

The fifth annual local movie festival will be held in Camps Bay at the Bay Hotel from Wednesday 26 to Saturday 29 August.

Fifteen short films were chosen and produced for the 2015 kykNET Silwerskerm Festival.

The short films include a radio drama, a short story and a student drama that were adapted for the big screen.

Comedy, thrillers and relationships all come under the spotlight as well as stories that are truly South African.

All the short films will contend for the awards that will be handed out on Saturday 29 August.

Here are five short films we’re excited to see:


Beurtkrag is a relationship drama about the vulnerability between lovers and wants to show the more intimate aspects of relationships. What happens when the outside world closes up and we must truly communicate with the person in front of us?  It stars Lilani Prinsen and Stiaan Smith.


Melissa Strydom, a demure beauty therapist, finds herself in an awkward position when one of the clients of her alter ego, Wiks-my-Wilma, dies in her torture room. She can’t tell her parents as her mother, Beatrice Strydom, is the leader of a Bible study group and is upset that Melissa and her boyfriend are living in sin. Her father, Willie Strydom, is very conservative and would never associate with something as dubious as this. The next client is on his way and she must get rid of the body. The cast include: Rojean Serek, Henriëtta Gryffenberg, Jürgen Hellberg, Quanita Adams, Philip Moolman and Danie Putter.

Jan Umkhwetha

Jan and Jabu’s childhood relationship was built on ideals and morals. There was no judgement between them despite the circumstances in a country where freedom came at a high price. Thirty years after an event that cost them their friendship, Jan and Jabu’s paths cross in the Transkei. They are in their sixties and Jabus’ hurt is still part of his life and Jan has his own demons to face. It stars Ian Roberts, Patrick Ndlovu, Sylvia Mngxekeza, Lesoko Seabe and Chuma Sopotela.


A romantic comedy set in a service station that has seen better days. In a world where you are judged by your position at work, where the petrol attendant is at the bottom of the list and the shop assistant is at the top, AJ, a young petrol attendant, is in love with Corey, a young cashier. Kleingeld is the directorial debut of Zenn van Zyl who was the director of photography of the prize winning short film No 37. It stars Edwin van der Walt, Marvin-Lee Beukes, Shamilla Miller, Roland Reed and Sarah Loots.


Based on Marcel van Heerden’s debut drama that won the RSG and Sanlam radio drama competition in 2013. Francois van Niekerk is a famous actor. People recognise him where he goes, but as single parent and only breadwinner he struggles to survive. When the private school his son, Michael (12), attends demands school fees that are in arrears, Francois is thrown into a crisis. The cast include Gerard Rudolf, Johnny Potsonyane, Aron Botha, Leanie du Randt, Marcel van Heerden and Ilse Klink.

Tickets for the kykNET Silwerskerm Festival 2015 are available at Ticketpro (www.ticketpro.co.za).

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