South African film bags two awards at Woodstock Film Festival

2016-10-18 13:49

Cape Town - The award-winning, Shepherd and Butchers  won the coveted The Maverick Award for Best Feature Narrative and the Hasklell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography at the Woodstock Film Festival this past weekend. 

Acknowledged as one of the leading independent film festivals in the United States, it was founded sixteen years ago in the New York State town of Woodstock which has established itself as a creative arts centre since the legendary Woodstock Festival in 1969.

Shepherds and Butchers was the most talked about film at the festival, where in post screening discussions, festival goers expressed how much they liked the film and commended the merits of the film. It also evoked conversation and debate around the issue of capital punishment.

The film centres on a lawyer who takes on a case of a prison guard in South Africa who is traumatized by the executions he's witnessed.

Helmed by award-winning director, Oliver Schmitz, the film is produced by Anant Singh and Brian Cox who also wrote the screenplay. 

It stars talented rising star, Garion Dowds alongside Academy Award® nominee, Steve Coogan (Philomena) and  Andrea Riseborough (Birdman, Oblivion) with a host of well-known local actors Deon Lotz, Robert Hobbs, Eduan van Jaarsveldt, Marcel van Heerden and Sylvia Mdunyelwa.

Watch the trailer here:

The film will be released at South African cinemas on Friday, 28 October.

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