'While You Weren’t Looking' - South Africa via the Scripted Lives of a Cross Section of LGBTQ Cape Town
Produced by Out In Africa, "While You Weren’t Looking" is a new scripted narrative feature film that takes a look at South Africa through the lives and experiences of a cross section of Cape Town's LGBTQ community.
Synopsis: Twenty years into the New South Africa, ageing academic Mack looks for Salute, the young freedom fighter he sheltered and loved. Salute has moved on, he is Joe, married and with a child, rising in government and Party structures. Dez and Terri, a mixed-race couple married 20 years and adoptive parents, they are the trailblazing lesbians of the New South Africa, but, have these freedoms guaranteed them happiness? Asanda, their 18 year old adopted daughter, is the poster child for South Africa’s diversity but describes herself as “an experiment”, being made up as she goes along. She meets Shado, an enigmatic Tommy Boy from Khayalitsha, a township on the edge of Cape Town, and a different picture of the New South Africa emerges.
The film, shot on locations in and around Cape Town in 24 days, with a cast of South African actors, is directed by Catherine Mary Stewart from a script penned by Vanessa Herman. Its ensemble cast includes: Sibongile Mlambo, Sandi Schultz, Thishiwe Ziqubu, Lionel Newton, Petronella Tshuma, Fezile Mpela and Terence Bridgett.
It continues its international film festival travels (where it has won awards), with recent stops at Frameline Film Festival and the Durban International Film Festival, and is set to open theatrically in select theaters across South Africa this Friday: Cinema Nouveau in Durban Gateway, Pretoria Brooklyn, Jozi Rosebank and SK Maponya Mall.