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CALL ME THIEF [NOEM MY SKOLLIE]
Dir. Daryne Joshua
South Africa. 2016. 124 mins. Afrikaans with English subtitles.
Daryne Joshua’s impressive debut is a portrait of life on the mean streets of 1960s Cape Town and is as much a paean to the human need for stories – and storytellers – as it is a realistic portrait of youth gang culture. Barely in their teens, Abraham and his three friends form a gang, more out of self-preservation than malice. As they grow up, their harmless antics inevitably evolve into petty crimes, and soon Abraham is in prison. It is there that his gift for telling stories protects him from the worst that prison life has to offer. Now that he’s out he wants to become a writer, but will his gang friends and society give him a chance?
Followed by a Q&A with director Daryne Joshua.
Eligible for the Film Africa 2017 Audience Award
Daryne’s life was shaped by visual storytelling from the early age of seven when he wrote, illustrated and sold his own comics on the streets of Bridgetown, one of the so called ‘coloured’ townships on the Cape flats. Pursuing this as a career was not thought possible in this impoverished environment and instead Daryne aspired tobe a professional footballer. He was offered a place in the Ajax Cape Town team but instead applied for a scholarship that hesaw advertised for the local film school, AFDA.
Daryne collected several awards during his time at AFDA and completed the degree with distinction. His recent accomplishments are in directing Television drama and successful short films as either writer or director or both. Daryne also set up a film and TV production company in Cape Town called Gambit Films which is responsible for the city’s first television soapie, “South Easter/Suidooster”.