Narrative Truth Wins Best Film at the Cape Town 48 Hour Film Project

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On Sunday night, The Book Club, directed by Bauke Brouwer, a black and white Hitchcock-style horror short film, took home 11 awards at the CT 48 Hour Film Project.

The 48 Hour Film project awards evening was held on Sunday night 15 November with over 31 entries. The short film The Book Club took home 11 awards in total. As well as clinching the award for Best Film, The Book Club was also awarded for Audience Award, Directing, Producer, Ensemble Cast, Cinematography, Editing, Musical Score, Sound Design, Costumes and Hair & Make-up.

This was Narrative Truth‘s first 48 Hour Film. Directed by Bauke Brouwer and produced by Candice Brouwer, the dynamic duo returned from a recent trip to TIFF and were inspired to take up the challenge of creating an entire film in 48 hours.

“The only prep permitted is securing a crew, cast, equipment and locations, which is challenging at this time of year (peak season) coupled with the fact that they had to be volunteers”, says Candice.

The process began on the Friday night. Narrative Truth drew Horror as a genre, which complimented their one secured location, The National Library of South Africa. The actors were called at 21H30 for the script improv session, which lasted until midnight. By 4am The Book Club script was written and by 6am the shot list was drafted.

“For me it was important to have a strong vision, not only for yourself but also for the team who needed to buy into that vision. Before filming we were all on the same page and that was a great place to be” says Bauke (Director).

“Sharing the same vision with fellow creatives evoked a strong sense of camaraderie on set. Having the freedom to create your own character with the clock ticking away was a fantastic experience!” says Matt Newman (Actor).

“Bauke and I decided early on that we needed a simple yet suitable shooting style for the project. Making this decision beforehand helped us make quick and appropriate creative choices on the spot,” says Zenn van Zyl  (Cinematographer).

The team shot from 1pm on Saturday until 3am on Sunday and then edited until 11am. The composer and sound design team had been working with a rough edit since 9am. The film was delivered by 18H30pm on Sunday night.

“The process taught me just how much can be accomplished in 48 Hours, when you have a crew and cast as passionate as ours was. It was just the right fit,” says Candice.

“Being part of The Book Club was one of the best shooting experiences of my life, what an incredible team,” says Tinarie Van Wyk Loots (Actress).

The black-and-white, Hitchcock-style horror film will represent Cape Town at Filmapalooza in Atlanta in March 2016. The organisers of the 48 Hours project in CT, Bench Films, will be hosting a “Best of 2015” screening at Ster Kinekor Cinema Nouveau at the V&A Waterfront this Saturday 20th November at 5pm. Tickets will go on sale online on Wednesday 18 November.
Source: The Call sheet 19 November 2015