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Leading Lady

South Africa | 2014 | 96 minutes | Henk Pretorius

From the director of Fanie Fourie's Lobola, winner of the SIFF 2013 Golden Space Needle Award for Best Film, comes this laugh-out-loud comedy about a  struggling actress who enlists a South African sheep farmer to help her prepare for a make-or-break film role.

June 7, 2014
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Director Henk Pretorius, producer Llewelynn Greeff, actor Gil Bellows scheduled to attend

June 8, 2014
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Saturday June 7 screening on STANDBY – Advance tickets not available

Featuring a pre-screening performance by iTunes bestseller Matthew Mole, whose songs are featured in the film's soundtrack!

Famous film director Daniel Taylor (Gil Bellows) is planning a film about a historical Afrikaans Boer woman. His British actress girlfriend, Jodie, covets the role but realizes she must travel to South Africa to fully embrace the character. Upon arrival she meets ruggedly handsome Kobus, a young farmer who shares the same last name as the historical character, and eventually convinces him to let her stay at the farm. In payment, Jodie will act and direct the annual summer play with a ragtag group of misfits, including a scene-stealing supporting role by Fanie himself (Eduan van Jaarsveldt) as Kobus' much-looser brother. As is to be expected, the blossoming relationship between Jodie and Kobus becomes much more complicated when Daniel arrives for location scouting. Combining outstanding performances and a deep love of Afrikaans Boer culture with delightful deviations from the romantic comedy formula, writer-director Henk Pretorius confirms the promise of Fanie Fourie's Lobola with another meaningful, laugh-out-loud comedy about following your dreams and finding your place.

Director biography

Henk Pretorius is a young South African director whose film Bakgat (2008) was the first South African film made for a teen audience. Pretorius directed, produced, and wrote Bakgat as well as the sequel. His movie Fanie Fourie's Lobola (2013) won the Golden Space Needle Award at SIFF last year.

Sponsored by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Delta Air Lines, Brotherton Cadillac Buick GMC, MOViN 92.5

Director: Henk Pretorius
Principal Cast: Gil Bellows, Katie McGrath, Brumilda van Rensburg, Bok van Blerk, Eduan van Jaarsveldt
Premier Status: World Premiere
Country: South Africa
Year: 2014
Running Time: 96 minutes
Producer: Llewelynn Greeff, Henk Pretorius
Screenplay: Henk Pretorius, Tina Kruger
Cinematographers: Trevor Calverley
Editors: Warwick Allan
Music: Benjamin Willem
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: Fanie Fourie’s Lobola (2013), Bakgat! II (2010), Bakgat! (2008)
Language: English
Format: DCP
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