South African Film Solely Produced by Women Wins Film Festival Audience Award

14 Year old Felix (Middle)

14 Year old Felix (Middle)


A South African Film called ‘Felix’ which last Saturday 27th of July 2013 won audience award at the 34th Durban International Film Festival is the first South African film written, directed, shot, edited and line produced by women since the start of South Africa’s democracy.

Felix was created by a predominantly female creative team, with South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA) Lifetime Achievement winner Roberta Durrant as the director; Natalie Haarhoff as the director of photography (DOP); Shirley Johnston as the screenwriter; Kate Schalk as the line producer; Surisa Surisa as the art director; Ayesha Khatieb as the wardrobe stylist; Islyn Goliath as the hair and makeup artist; and Maryke Kruger as the editor.

The script written by Shirley Johnston’s won the Sithengi’s Writer’s Forum Award. It was a finalist in the US Specscriptacular Competition and was a quarter-finalist in both Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest and the Moondance Screenwriting Competition.


The Musical director was Murray Anderson, who has recorded Gold and Platinum records for the likes of Abdullah Ibrahim. He worked closely on the infectious jazz soundtrack with former South African ‘Standard Bank Young Artists of The Year’ Mark Fransman and Bokani Dyer, as well as the triple 2012 South African Music Awards nominee Lwanda Gogwana.

Durban International Film Festival is Southern Africa’s premiere film festival. Voted as best Movie, “Felix’ has now attracted more international attention.

Felix is a Penguin Films production for Sabido Productions, distributed by Crystal Brook Distribution. Felix will be released in 40 cinemas across Southern Africa on 13 September 2013.

Watch the official trailer of the Movie ‘Felix’ below