SAFTAs12 nominee series: Apocalypse Now Now


The 12th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) will take place on 22 and 24 March 2018 at Sun City Resort in the North West Province. Managed under the custodianship of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) – an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture – the SAFTAs committee consists of the SABC, DStv, M-Net,, StarSat, the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA) and the South African Screen Federation (SASFED).

Screen Africa chats to Michael Matthews, director of 2018 SAFTA-nominated short film Apocalypse Now Now:

What inspired the making of the short?

It’s based on a twisted South African Book with the same name, Apocalypse Now Now, by Charlie Human. We’re excited about doing different styles of genre in a unique way, so this is perfect for us! But mostly the book is just ridiculous good fun, and the inspiration behind the film. This short has been made to accompany the feature script which we hope to finance in the next six months.

What do you attribute its success to?

The close team we have worked with to create this, and also worked with on our first feature, Five Fingers for Marseilles. Too many names to list here, but everyone gave so much time and effort to the project and it wouldn’t exist without them. We had very limited money, so it was favours from everyone. Intelligent Creature in Toronto did the CG creature, and that was also a major element to the short films success. The lead producer, Todd Brown, brought the project to us and got the ball rolling, so none of this would have happened without him.

What will winning the SAFTA mean to you?

It’s great to be a part of the industry at the moment, with so much great talent beginning to shine.  It’s rewarding to be acknowledged. Hopefully it will spark more relationships and friendships in the industry, and we’ll see the feature version of this sooner that we think.

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Chanelle Ellaya
Chanelle Ellaya is the editor of Screen Africa. She completed her BA Journalism degree at the University of Johannesburg in 2011. While writing is her passion, she has a keen interest in the media in various capacities. Chanelle is an avid social media networker and a firm believer in the power of social and online networking. Between writing and tweeting, she finds time to feed her love for live music.


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