Internationally-acclaimed local film to screen in cinemas
While You Weren't Looking – the first feature film produced by the Out in Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival – will be released in local cinemas on Friday 2 October.
Set in Cape Town, While You Weren't Looking follows the complex lives of its gay and lesbian protagonists, whose intertwining tales present a humorous, inventive and dramatic take on contemporary life in South Africa.
The film begins twenty years into democracy, when ageing academic Mack (Lionel Newton) starts to search for Salute (Fezile Mpela), the young freedom fighter he sheltered and loved. But Salute has moved on: he now identifies as Joe, is married with a child, and is rising in government and party structures.
At the same time, affluent mixed-race lesbian couple Dez (Sandi Schultz) and Terri (Camilla Waldman) struggle to maintain their own desires and ambitions while reining in the rebellious instincts of their teenage daughter, Asanda (Petronella Tshuma). As their daughter falls for Shado (Thishiwe Ziqubu), a girl from a different background, Dez and Terri must cope with their own hypocrisies and secrets, which threaten to unravel the seemingly perfect world they have crafted.
Fezile Mpela & Lionel Newton in While You Weren't Looking
While You Weren't Looking was shot by Amelia Henning on locations in and around Cape Town in just twenty-four days. The film's soundtrack includes the likes of Toya Delazy, Zaki Ibrahim, Spoek Mathambo and Umlilo.
The film – which was funded by the National Lotteries Commission, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Other Foundation– has already received a number international accolades, including the Pink Apple Audience Award in Zurich. Director Catherine Stewart was also honoured with California’s QFilms Jury Award.
While You Weren't Looking screens at Cinema Nouveau in Durban Gateway, Pretoria Brooklyn, Johannesburg Rosebank, Cape Town V&A and SK Maponya Mall from Friday 2 October. Watch the film's trailer below.