L&G Films to watch in 2016

This April, 3 South African feature films will be on the local cinema, all proudly finished by Ladies & Gentlemen Films. We had a busy 2016, and the fruits of that hard work will be available to view this year. 

Keeping Up with The Kandasamys has proved to be a runaway hit with local audiences, with over R12 million rand in box office revenue to date. The film was produced by Helena Spring and directed by first time director Jayan Moodley.

Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey, a drama based on the work of fiction by Chris Barnard, was produced by legend Katinka Heyns and crafted by her son, director Simon Barnard. This intriguing film was recently released to much critical fan fare, receiving a 5/5 rating from both Die Burger & Beeld newspapers.

Beyond The River , one of few sports films to come out of our industry, its an inspirational piece of cinema from the team that brought you Material. The film is due to release later this month. The film was directed by Craig Freimond and produced by long time collaborators Robbie Thorpe, Ronnie Apteker as well as Harriet Gavshon and Mariki van der Walt.

And finally, VAYA will be on the South African circuit around August this year. Its currently completing its international festival run, having been entered into competition for both Toronto & Berlin Film Festivals. The film is Directed by Akin Omotoso and produced by Robbie Thorpe.





Travelling Films

2015 was, without a doubt, the best & busiest year in L&G's history. This year, we step things up a notch. With back to back features until July, and our first offshore film currently in post production, the new year is booming.

Our films are also travelling the globe. Tell Me Sweet Something is enjoying its US debut at the Pan African Film Festival, joined by Ayanda. Happiness Is A Four-Letter Word is screening at Berlinale, and Faan Se Trein is on its way to the Afrikaanse Kultuurfees in Amsterdam in April.

To see our work on the big screen, Thabang Moleya's romantic drama Happiness Is A Four-Letter Word is now booking for release on Feb 19.

On March 18th, SINK, winner of 5 awards at the Silwerskerm Fees, will be releasing locally.

There's work to be done, and we're looking forward to outdoing ourselves in 2016.

Tell Me Sweet Something Premiere

One of the recent Ladies & Gentlemen projects had its premier last Wednesday - Tell Me Sweet Something, a film by Akin Omotoso. This film has been a while in the making but well worth it. Again, a great team to work with doing something new and fresh. A romantic comedy set in Maboneng, Johannesburg, coming out 4 Sept 2015...updates on grade to come.

Silwerskerm Fees 2015

Ladies & Gentlemen are really proud to have been part of the success of "Sink" over the previous weekend at the Silverskerm Fees. The film came in with 9 nominations, winning 5, including best cinematography for Trevor Calverly. 

From a colourist perspective the film came with its challenges but overall it was great to work with a well thought out production design, DOP and director, (Brett Michael Innes.) Shot on the RED Epic, with Kowa anamorphic lenses and a 2.39:1 aspect ratio, all of which contributed to a very cinematic feel. 

The chosen colour palette lent itself to the suburban aesthetic, with subtle variation between time differences, past and present. Pale greens, blues and pinks with creamy skintones for daytime flashbacks, slightly less saturated and darker for present day. Night exteriors ended up being a blueberry, inky black, also fitting into the strong palette. The more attention paid to colour from before the light even hits the sensor, the better. Set design, clothing, make-up and lighting make it so much more seamless in pulling together the final look. 

It was an absolute pleasure working with this team and we look forward to future collaborations.