'Katutura' wins big at film and theatre awards

27 Mar 2017 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 27 MAR (NAMPA) - Namibian feature film ‘Katutura’ was the biggest winner at the Namibian Theatre and Film Awards on Saturday, with the cast and crew walking away with all seven awards they were nominated for.
The film won the awards for Best Narrative Film in the film category, while its director, Florian Schott, walked away with the Best Director award.
The leading actor in the movie, Chops Tshoopara, won Best Male Actor and Odile Muller won Best Female Actor in the film category.
‘Dutchman Man’ won the Best Play in the theatre category.
The awards which took place on Saturday evening, saw big names in the local film and theatre industry awarded for their talents.
Seasoned actor David Ndjavera won Best Director in the theatre category, as well as two other awards for his play ‘Nothing but the truth’ for Best Set, Props and Wardrobe and best supporting actor for ‘District Six’ in that category.
Other winners in the film category were Obed Emvula and Florian Schott for the Best Script for their movie ‘Katutura’; Tanya Stroh for Best Production Design in the movie ‘The Harvest: Promethean’; Kit Hoffmann for Best Cinematography in the movie ‘The Harvest: Promethean’; and Wojtek Majewski and Sonja Majewski for Best Sound and Music for ‘Katutura’.
Errol Geingob won the Best Editing award for the movie ‘Broken Pencil’.
Liberty Verbaan won Best Music Video Director for the video for ‘Black Man’ by Elemotho, while Oshoveli Shipoh won Best Newcomer Director for the movie ‘Painted Scars’.
In the Best Documentary Category, ‘The Mbunza of the Kavango’ won, while in the Theatre category, Jenny Kandenge walked away with the Best Script award for her play ‘Scorned’.
‘District Six’ took the Best Musical award.
Nelago Shilongoh scooped Best Newcomer Director for the play ‘Dutchman’ and Carol-Lee Peters won the Best Newcomer Actor award for her role in ‘Dutchman’, while Lize Ehlers won the Best Female Actor in a Play award for her role in ‘Meisie van Mariental’.
Adriano Visagie was the Best Male Actor in a theatre play for his role in ‘One flew over the cuckoo’s nest’, while John Pindalo received the Lifetime Achiever Award.
The event included some amazing performances, but the highlight of the night was when the guest of honour, South African actor Vusi Kunene, took the stage.
Kunene, who stars in the well-known South African soapie ‘Generations: The Legacy’ as Jack Mabaso encouraged actors, actresses and filmmakers to stand up and tell their stories regardless of challenges.
“We are honouring men and women who, against all odds, stand up and tell their stories. Some of them even fight against their families because families don’t understand the passion they have for film,” stressed Kunene.