Hot on the heels of Francois Verster’s A Lion’s Trail winning an Emmy for Outstanding Cultural and Artistic Programming, comes the news that Verster’s other film, The Mother’s House, has won the award for Best Documentary at the Apollo Film Festival in Victoria West on 30 September.
Apollo Jury comments were as follows: “The Jury was blown away by this lyrical and at times eerie masterpiece of observational documentary filmmaking. The Mother’s House manages to tightly and sensitively portray a microcosm of a society trapped in cycles of violence and abuse. We as the Jury observed that Verster earned the remarkable trust of his subjects, allowing for unprecedented access into the lives of three generations of women a€” subjects who are allowed to talk for themselves. The coming-of-age story of the central character Miche is riveting, at times gently humorous and at others heartbreaking. The filmmaker walks a precarious objective tightrope, and knows precisely when to lower the camera or to make a cut. The cinematography, sound design and editing are outstanding. All in all, The Mother’s House is a landmark in South African documentary filmmaking a€” holding up a mirror to our battered selves.”
Said Verster: “I would like to thank all those involved – especially Peter Neal and Neil Brandt, all the funders, the crew, but most of all the family (especially Miche) who showed great courage in going through with the project.”