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SHIRLEY ADAMS

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SHIRLEY ADAMS

Director: Oliver Hermanus
South Africa   |   2009   |   92 minutes
English and Afrikaans, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis In this deeply affecting portrait of ordinary courage in present-day South Africa, a single mother—Shirley Adams—struggles to care for her paraplegic teenage son, Donovan, in a depressed district on the outskirts of Cape Town. Wearied but resolute, she desperately clings to him as he withdraws from the world following a suicide attempt, and is hopeful when his spirits are momentarily lifted by the appearance of Tamsin, a pretty but overeager social worker. But when the relationship between Donovan and Tamsin sours, his fragile emotional health declines, and Shirley's faith and perseverance are put to the ultimate test. First-time director Oliver Hermanus's observant camera holds close to its subjects, capturing the claustrophobia, intimacy and hushed anguish surrounding the tender daily routines of a mother and her child.

About the Director Oliver Hermanus was born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1983. He began his professional career as a press photographer, covering international events such as the Glastonbury Music Festival and the G-8 Summit. He holds a BA in Film Media and Visual Studies from the University of Cape Town where, as a student, he directed a number of short films and documentaries. Shirley Adams is his first feature film.

Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

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DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011.

Featured in the Global Lens 2010 film series.



CAST

Shirley Adams - Denise Newman
Donovan Adams - Keenan Arrison
Kariema Samsodien - Theresa Sedras
Tamsin Ranger - Emily Childs
Philda Jacobs - Lee-Ann Van Rooi

CREW

Director - Oliver Hermanus
Writer - Oliver Hermanus, Stavros Pamballis
Executive Producer - Roland Emmerich
Producers - Kirstin Winkler, Jeremy Nathan, Michelle Wheatley
Cinematographer - Jame Ramsay
Editor - Philip Miller

REVIEWS

"The universality of the tale, written by Hermanus and Stavros Pemballis, makes the film fully accessible, and the contemplative nature of its storytelling, without cinematic tricks or melodrama, will win praise everywhere." - Hollywood Reporter

"The inherent power of the story makes it practically impossible not to get an emotional rise out of the audience." - Variety

"Half political metaphor, half humanist tragedy and wholly wearing its heart on its sleeve, Shirley Adams is a soulfully sincere first film." - Screen Daily

"True excellence in performance, cinematography, directing, and editing. A South African Masterpiece." - The Jurors at the Durban International Film Festival


FESTIVALS & AWARDS

Best Director; Best Actress, SOUTH AFRICAN FILM AND TELEVISION AWARDS
Best Actress, FESPACO
Best First Feature Film; Best South African Film; Best Actress Award, DURBAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
FILM FESTIVAL LOCARNO
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
BFI 53rd LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
TRICONTINENTAL FILM FESTIVAL
RIO FILM FESTIVAL
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Official Selection, PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
GASPARILLA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
DALLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
WISCONSIN FILM FESTIVAL
AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL’S TOURING SERIES

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