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The Wooden Camera


Time Out says

Luruli's second feature sustains the fundamentally optimistic outlook of Chickin Bizniz, his gentle paternalism evident in the character of the Trevor Huddleston-like figure of Mr Shawn (Cassel), a music tutor who takes joy in the creativity of the Cape Town townships. This potentially dark social drama/love story follows two 14-year-olds, Madiba and Sipho, who aim to shoot themselves out of trouble, the former with a discovered camcorder, the latter with a gun. The white perspective is brought in by means of rebellious, dreadlocked Estelle, involved with the two boys despite her father's racist opposition. Gordon Spooner produces much dazzling, art-inflected camera work (though arguably a little precocious in that presented as the boy's), Singo and Msimango are superb as the polarised protagonists and the director brings the whole together with a pleasing light touch.

Release Details

  • Duration:90 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Ntshaveni Wa Luruli
  • Screenwriter:Yves Buclet, Peter Speyer
  • Cast:
    • Junior Singo
    • Innocent Msimango
    • Dana de Agrella
    • Jean-Pierre Cassel
    • Lisa Petersen
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