From Skolliewood to Hollywood, local movie Noem My Skollie is headed to the Oscars. And no one is happier than filmmaker John W Fredericks, on whose life the movie is based.
An ecstatic John said he was “humbled” by the National Film and Video Foundation’s (NFVF) decision to choose his film as South Africa’s official entry into the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars) in the category for Best Foreign Language Film Award.
The 70-year-old writer from Strandfontein retired from his job as a security guard to pursue his movie-making dreams full time.
John writes on Facebook: “Salute JA! I thank you South Africa for supporting Skollie, we could not have done it without YOU! The OSCARS??? That’s what dreams are made of.
He adds: “The 17-hour shifts has paid off! Hard work, sacrifice and the belief that Skollie will touch ALL the people of MY country. I’m PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN!”
Noem My Skollie is based on John’s life, and set in the 1960s when he was sentenced to Pollsmoor prison and used his gift for storytelling to keep the numbers gangs from recruiting him.
The film is still playing at selected cinemas across the Cape.
Chief Executive Officer for Ster Kinekor Entertainment, Mario Dos Santos, says the film is a box office hit so it deserves all the accolades: “Noem My Skollie’s great Box Office performance has now been crowned with the nomination as South Africa’s entry into the Oscars, we are extremely proud to have been part of getting this amazing film onto SA screens and are excited about the continued potential in our market and on the global stage.”
In 2005, the locally produced Tsotsi, directed by Gavin Hood, won an Oscar.
The Oscar nominations will be announced on January 24, a month before the awards in February 2017.