The Showmax film Glasshouse has been chosen for the 25th Fantasia International Film Competition in Montreal, Canada. Billed as North The US’s top genre film festival, Fantasia is working from 5 to 25 August 2021.
Glasshouse is space after The Shred, an airborne dementia has left humanity roaming esteem lost and unsafe animals, unable to keep in mind who they’re. Confined to their airtight glasshouse, a family does what they ought to to continue to exist – till the sisters are seduced by a stranger who upsets the family’s rituals, unearthing a past they uncover got tried to bury.
Glasshouse stars British actress Jessica Alexander (the upcoming dwell-movement remake of The Miniature Mermaid) and newcomer Anja Taljaard because the sisters, Bee and Evie, opposite Hilton Pelser (the BAFTA-nominated Moffie, the upcoming remake of Abominable Liaisons) as The Stranger.
“Sensual and savage, Glasshouse weaves features of dystopian science fiction with notes of folks apprehension and perverse, brooding, Gothic melodrama to craft a taught existential sage that ultimately explores the importance of storytelling and reminiscence,” says Fantasia, the usage of further adjectives esteem “graceful.”
A publish-pandemic esteem triangle
The spooky but attractive publish-pandemic esteem triangle is the feature film directorial debut of Kelsey Egan, who co-wrote the script with associate producer Emma Lungiswa de Moist. Kelsey and Emma are award-successful writers: Kelsey is finest identified for serving to adapt the Deon Meyer bestseller Trackers for M-Fetch, Cinemax and ZDF, while Emma became a body of workers creator on the YouTube animated phenomenon Munki and Trunk, which now has over six million subscribers to its Jungle Beat channel.
“I’ve been working towards directing features since I made my first rapid encourage in 2008, so to pause up directing my first film in 2020 of all years feels esteem some have of dramatic irony,” says Kelsey. “To shoot this intimate publish-apocalyptic delusion for the duration of the pandemic became a surreal skills.”
DoP Justus de Jager (an Africa Film Academy Award nominee for Siembamba) shot Glasshouse at The Pearson Conservatory, a Victorian glasshouse marooned within the Jap Cape since 1881. Emma calls the national monument, which she remembers from childhood, “the ultimate environment for a story about reminiscence: a colonial relic at as soon as fragile and continual.”
Two opposing coping mechanisms to trauma
Kelsey adds that Glasshouse “explores two opposing coping mechanisms to trauma: preserving tightly to the past as a have of preservation, and wilful forgetting.”
Greig Buckle is producing thru Native Shuffle Photos. Buckle became co-producer of the Oscar-shortlisted Existence, Above All and line produced the #1 US field dwelling of enterprise hit Myth, among diverse excessive-profile provider jobs in South Africa.
Film and theatre outmoded Adrienne Pearce (the BAFTA-successful Troy and the Emmy-successful The Triangle); 12-one year-dilapidated Naledi Award winner and Fleur du Cap nominee Kitty Harris (Matilda the Musical); and rising star Brent Vermeulen co-star. Brent became singled out by The Hollywood Reporter as “one of this one year’s principal acting discoveries in Cannes” when The Harvesters (Die Stropers) screened in Un Certain Regard in 2018 and has long past on to act in Griekwastad, named Easiest Film at the 2021 South African Film and Tv Awards (SAFTAs), and in South African TV sequence esteem the seriously-acclaimed 4 Mure and the SAFTA-nominated Alles Malan.
A notion-scary story
“Glasshouse is a claustrophobic, notion-scary story of family survival and buried secrets,” says Candice Fangueiro, head of bellow at Showmax. “We’re ecstatic the film is having its world premiere at Fantasia, the latest in a string of coups for South African films this one year, esteem Moffie’s BAFTA nomination, Five Tiger’s alternative for Sundance, Gaia successful the ZEISS Cinematography Award at SXSW, and This Is Now now not A Burial, It’s A Resurrection being ranked fourth on Metacritic’s list of the accurate-reviewed films of 2021 up to now.”
Glasshouse is the first film in a three-issue dystopian slate Showmax has developed with Native Shuffle Photos, in association with Crave Photos, with Kelsey directing.
This October, Glasshouse will initiate as a Cinema Premiere on BoxOffice by DStv and will likely be on hand to rent on PVRs finest in South Africa, as well to in nations on the African continent where BoxOffice is on hand. Glasshouse will likely be on hand to stream on Showmax from February 2022.
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