ten big ideas
filmed in Gauteng
 
No. 1HAPPINESS IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD
Director: Thabang MoleyaHappiness is a Four-Letter Word
Joburg does "chick flick" with a difference in this tale of three ambitious black women trying to find happiness while maintaining the image of respectability and success.
No. 2TELL ME SWEET SOMETHING
Director: Akin OmotosoTell Me Sweet Something
A love story with Joburg firmly at its heart. Came in at 5th spot in its opening week at SA cinemas, competing with major international studio films like The Southpaw and Fantastic Four.
No. 3AYANDA
Director: Sara BlecherAyanda
A modern African tale set in Joburg's Afropolitan community of Yeoville, Ayanda won a Special Jury prize at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Fest before being released in US theatres.
No. 4NECKTIE YOUTH
Director: Sibs Shongwe-La MerNecktie Youth
Took top honours at the 2015 Durban Film Fest, earned rave reviews internationally. Hollywood Reporter called it an "eye opener" that shows a different side of Joburg from films like Tsotsi.
No. 5HEAR ME MOVE
Director: Scottnes L SmithHear Me Move
An exciting South African addition to the dance film canon, challenging such well-loved films such as Fame and Step Up. Features an all-South African cast and a 100% local soundtrack.
No. 6KALUSHI: THE STORY OF SOLOMON MAHLANGU
Director: Mandla DubeKalushi
An authentic African biopic based on the journey of Solomon Mahlangu from teenage hawker and "train-surfer" in Mamelodi to human rights legend and martyr.
No. 7SAFE BET
Director: Bonginhlanhla NcubeSafe Bet
An action comedy showing a lighter side of South Africa as it enters its third decade of democracy. Safe Bet has enjoyed successful festival screenings in the US, UK and Europe.
No. 8SINK
Director: Brett Michael InnesSink
A finely crafted drama about a Mozambican domestic worker living in Joburg, Sink explores new territory for South African films. Earned official selection at the 2016 Atlanta Film Fest.
No. 9TAKING EARTH
Director: Grant HumphreysTaking Earth
The first sci-fi feature film produced in SA since the internationally acclaimed District 9. Has secured a sales agent from Canada, and had its world market premiere at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival.
No. 10CUCKOLD
Director: Charlie VundlaCuckold
Vundla's follow-up to the award-winning How to Steal 2 Million. Earned official selection at the 2015 Toronto Film Fest. Indie Wire called it "an explosive, stylish modern-day film noir".
  1. 1. Happiness is a Four-Letter Word
  2. 2. Tell Me Sweet Something
  3. 3. Ayanda
  4. 4. Necktie Youth
  5. 5. Hear Me Move
  6. 6. Kalushi
  7. 7. Safe Bet
  8. 8. Sink
  9. 9. Taking Earth
  10. 10. Cuckold