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MY BLACK LITTLE HEART (article first published : 2008-08-10)

From initially being the underdog at the recent Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), the controversial film, My Black Little Heart written and directed by local Durban artist and writer Claire Angelique, caused more of a sensation in the media and with a curious viewing public than even the director herself had dared hope to imagine.

The film’s dark hipster subject matter caused a media and online frenzy as fans of the film blocked up web blogs with their postings as word of the film spread which led to packed out screenings.

The film tells the story of a young female heroin addict on the back streets of Durban descent into web pornography and entanglements with Nigerian juju magic set amidst a cast of non actors playing roles that at best could be described as umbrageous.

Though the film’s story is set in Durban, shot in Durban and features an all-Durban cast, not a cent of South African money was raised - ‘not for lack of trying’, comments Angelique. All funding for the film came from the famous director, Lars Von Trier’s company Zentropa Entertainments ApS, based in Denmark and Shotgun Pictures GmbH based in Germany.

Angelique found herself in the midst of much attention by young fans eager to identify with a new type of cinema that represented a contemporary South Africa in both story and style. The final screening of the film at Musgrave Centre ballooned as in excess of 60 audience members walked past ushers straight into the theatre disregarding the news that the film had been sold out, such was its appeal.

The hype and strength of support towards the film by the public and film professionals also caught the attention of the dynamic producing partners Natalie Stange and Ryan Fortune of Red Pill Productions, who produced Triomf, which won the Best South African Feature Film at DIFF, who are pairing with Angelique on her new feature film project.

“The new film is called Ntabamhlope or White Mountain,” explains Angelique. “It’s a political thriller that tells the story of a muti murder in a remote village which wipes out an entire homestead. It combines local black magic with Apartheid white magic from Wouter Basson’s Project Coast legacy and the ripple effects thereof. I’m looking forward to working with a young, fresh and brave team of local producers such as Red Pill and being back on set, where I feel the most needed and the most real.”

Ntabamhlope (White Mountain) is looking at going into production early next year

Check out the website for My Black Little Heart at www.myblacklittleheart.com or join the facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=20054084002&ref=nf




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