While You Weren’t Looking, the debut feature film directed by South
Africa Film and Television Award (SATFA) winner Catherine Stewart, has been
selected for the Pan African Film Festival (4 to 15 February in Los Angeles). It has
also been selected for the New York African Film Festival which takes place at the
Lincoln Centre in May 2016. This follows its selection at the Palm Springs
International Film Festival.
While You Weren’t Looking has picked up four international awards –
among them two European Audience Awards (Pink Apple, Zurich and Queer Film
Festival Bremen), and two American jury awards (Best Narrative Feature Film,
Tampa Bay International G&LFF), and a Best Director (Long Beach Qfilm festival) for
The film stars local talent. Fezile Mpela, Sandi Schultz, Petronella Tshuma, Camilla
Waldman, Thishiwe Ziqubu and Lionel Newton give performances, supported by
music tracks from Toya Delazy, Batsumi, Tumi and The Volume, Melanie Scholtz,
Falling Mirror, Mr Sakitumi, Zaki Ibrahim, Manouche and Umlilo. Added to this is
Amelia Henning’s cinematography and Cape Town locations.
The National Lotteries Commission was the principal funder, with additional finance
from the Department of Trade and Industry, and a grant from The Other Foundation.
While You Weren’t Looking was produced by Out In Africa.