Winning a Safta for best actor in a feature film has been a dream come true for Cape Town star Jarrid Geduld.
It was a double celebration for the fliek, Ellen: Die storie van Ellen Pakkies, at the glam SA Film and Television awards ceremony on Saturday night, when Jill Levenberg also won for best actress in a feature film.
Jarrid starred as the addict son, Abie Pakkies, who was killed by Jill’s lead character as mom, Ellen, in the riveting account based on the true events.
Jarrid said: “Eventually when our category came up, it was butterflies, nerves, sweaty palms.
“I really felt a sense of accomplishment when my name was called. It’s been 17 years and to see my dream come true means the world to me. Cape Town... This is for us!”
The 13th annual Saftas, under the theme “Dare To Dream”, was held at the Sun City Super Bowl, and hosted by Pearl Modiedie and Thomas Msengana.
Sew the winter to my skin won Best Feature Film.
Telenovela, The River earned 11 awards, including the Best Telenovela award and Best by public vote, dethroning Isibaya.
Motshidi Motshegwa was crowned Best Actress – Telenovela her role as Malefu, while rising star Lawrence Maleka scooped Best Supporting Actor – Telenovela, both for The River.
Taking home four gongs each was Isithembiso and Lockdown, with Lorcia Cooper winning the coveted Best Supporting Actress in a TV drama award.
The prison drama Lockdown won for Best TV Drama.
Actors Khotso Nkhatho and Simon Bruiners were honoured with Lifetime Achievement awards.