Tess receives two SAFTA nominations ahead of its cinema release

24 February 2017

Broadcast

The feature film Tess, helmed by Meg Rickards has received two SAFTA nominations – Best Actress for Christia Visser and Best Achievement in Scriptwriting for Tracey Farren – as it continues to attract awards attention ahead of its release at cinemas next Friday, 24 February 2017.

“It is an honour to be nominated for such a prestigious award, and this for a film that touched my life in so many ways”, says Christia Visser of her latest nomination. Visser won Best Actress awards at both the Durban International Film Festival in 2016 and at the KykNET Silwerkermfees.

Tess has been on a winning streak since its South African premiere at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) in 2016 where it won Best Editing, Best Actress and Best South African Feature. Later, the film won Best Actress, Best Cinematography and Best Editing at the KykNET Silwerskermfees.

Based on Tracey Farren’s award-winning novel Whiplash, Tess is a searing portrait of a young woman, haunted by the events of her youth, who sells her body on the streets of Cape Town. Surviving on her wry humour and handfuls of painkillers. Unable to run from her past, Tess fights back with everything she has as she attempts to exorcise the demons of her past.

Christia Visser (Ballade vir ‘n Enkeling, Hollywood in My Huis) heads a cast that includes Nollywood actress Nse Ikpe-Etim (Reloaded), Brendon Daniels (iNumber Number, Four Corners) and Dann Jacques Mouton (Noem My Skollie). Lee-Ann van Rooi, Quanita Adams, Amanda Lane, Warrick Grier, Oscar Peterson, Mark Elderkin and Greg Kriek round out the cast.

Tess is distributed by Times Media Films in South Africa.

View trailer here:

Source: Mad Moth Communications