South Africa: Local Drama Star Makes Emmy Semi-Finals

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Brenda Ngxoli, star of SABC1 drama series Home Affairs, has been selected as a semi-finalist in the Best Actress award for the International Emmy Awards 2008, it was announced end of last week.

In addition, Home Affairs was selected as a semi-finalist for Best Drama Series by a jury of leading international media experts from the Middle East, North America, Asia and Europe.

The final round of judging for an International Emmy Award nomination will take place at international television fair, Mipcom, in early October 2007, with the finals to be held in New York in November.

Produced by Penguin Films, Home Affairs is about a diverse group of South African women whose lives are linked together by the force of synchronicity as each undertakes a journey of self-discovery and reflection. It is a story about women, told primarily by women, with a talented creative team featuring women in key creative positions - producer, directors, writers, director of photography, production designers and cast.

"The success of Home Affairs, I think, is that it tells stories which reflect the diversity of millions of women in our country with pathos, complexity and humour, confronting head-long the challenges they face," says creative director and Penguin Films producer Roberta Durrant.

"That is has achieved international recognition is a big plus for the prestige and the acknowledgement of our television industry as being on par with the best in the world."

Brenda Ngxoli plays the role of Vuyo in Home Affairs (the second series was also nominated for an International Emmy Awards last year), alongside other stars including Nthathi Moshesh, Lerato Moloisane and Therese Benade.

(Biz-Community (Cape Town), 11 September 2007)

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