The South African award winning thriller Four Corners has been invited to screen as part of a special UK film tour designed to bring attention to South Africa’s 20 Years of Democracy.
Supported by the BFI Programming Development Fund and the SA-UK Seasons, The ‘South Africa at 20’ film touring programme aims to feed into the various events that are taking place both in South Africa and the UK to mark the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s democracy.
A slate of UK Film Festivals will screen Four Corners and other related films at cinemas across the UK – from London to Edinburgh, Cambridge, Bristol, Glasgow and Wales, with the intention of building UK African cinema audiences and raising the profile of African cinema in the UK. The tour will launch at a VIP event in London in early October to be opened by former Labour government minister and philanthropist Baron Paul Boateng – and will continue to run from 2014 through to February 2015.
South African filmmaker Ian Gabriel, director of Four Corners has been invited to take part in Q&A sessions and other events around the UK. The films will also be complemented by an extensive educational and outreach programme, which would include school and pop-up screenings.
Featuring in a section titled Post-Apartheid Challenges, Four Corners will screen alongside two other South African films, Life Above All and Miners Shot Down.
Four Corners has also been selected to screen in Competition during the same period at The Santa Fe Film Festival USA and The Bahamas International Film Festival. It will compete in Best Foreign Film and Best Feature Film Categories at both these festivals.
The film has already garnered International success with two Best Film wins and one Best International Film nomination. The producers plan to continue to promote South African made film both at home in South Africa, and abroad through initiatives like the British Council Film Africa tour.
“We are very excited to be part of the Democracy Tour,” says the film’s director Ian Gabriel. “This news comes with the announcement that Four Corners has been picked up by independent film distributor Munro Films for general cinema distribution in the UK. The film opens a window on marginal South African communities and tells a positive coming of age story set in tough circumstances. The ‘forgotten community’ depicted in Four Corners is only one of the many marginal societies in South Africa whose voice is only faintly heard despite the 20 year old challenge to deliver inclusive democracy to all South Africans. We’re proud that Four Corners has been added to the voices calling for broadening of democracy among youth in South Africa.”
A Special Features DVD of Four Corners has been released in South Africa and is currently available through Musica and on line through Takealot.