The Gauteng Film Commission (GFC), National Film and Video Foundation, Department of Trade and Industry, Industrial Development Corporation and South African Consulate will be representing

The Bang Bang Club is one of three South African movies to be showcased at the Toronto International Film Festival, and one of only 15 films at the festival to be given a gala screening,
South Africa at the 35th Toronto International Film Festival, to be held in Canada from 9 to 19 September.

The South African delegation have planned roundtable meetings, hosting of the South Africa Day, advertising in the Hollywood Reporter and insertion of flyers in delegate bags as part of the marketing campaign for the festival.

Three South African films - "State of Violence", "The Bang Bang Club" and "Life Above All" have been entered for the event. "The Bang Bang Club" will have a gala showing at the festival, joining an exclusive list of only 15 gala presentations at this year's festival.

"The Bang Bang Club" and "State of Violence" were shot in Gauteng province with the support of the GFC.

Home-grown talent in the form of Frank Rautenbach (Ken Oosterbroek) and Neels van Jaarsveld (Joao Silva) featured in "The Bang Bang Club", working alongside Hollywood actors Ryan Phillippe and Taylor Kitsch.

The movie, directed by Steven Silver, is centred on four young photographers, Greg Marinovich, Kevin Carter, Ken Oosterbroek and Joao Silva, whose photographs captured the final bloody days of white rule in South Africa and the demise of apartheid.

The film tells the remarkable and sometimes harrowing story of these young men, and the extraordinary extremes they went to in order to capture their pictures.

The film is based on a book of the same name, co-authored by Marinovich & Joao Silver. A Canadian-South African co-production, the movie qualified for the South African Department of Trade and Industry rebate.

While all the principle photography was completed in Gauteng, with local crew and equipment, the post-production was done in Canada.

The same street and the same wall in Thokoza township where photographers Ken Oosterbroek was killed and Greg Marinovich was wounded were used in the film, as well as Nancefield Hostel in Soweto and the train station and platform which formed the backdrop for Marinovich's famous Pulitzer-prize winning photograph of the necklacing by African National Congress supporters of a man they believed to be an Inkatha spy.

"State of Violence", directed by Khalo Matabane, is about Bobedi, a newly appointed CEO of a large mining company, whose wife is murdered. Frustrated by the pace of justice, Bobedi decides that revenge is his only option. But when he catches the murderer, Bobedi comes face to face with a terrible secret that connects him across time and history.

Source: Screen Africa