High Fantasy

Type : Fiction
Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2017

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Four young, South African friends on a camping trip on an isolated farm wake up to discover they've all swapped bodies. As they navigate a labyrinth of so-called Rainbow Nation politics, they capture their bizarre predicament in selfie videos - with hilarious and tragic results.

A film by Jenna Bass

South Africa, 2017, Drama, 71 minutes, colour, English, 14A

starring Qondiswa James, Nala Khumalo, Francesca Varrie Michel, Liza Scholtz, Loren Loubser

Second feature.



NOTE BY THE PROGRAMMER
Jenna Bass' second feature, High Fantasy, confirms the suggestion she is part of "the new wave of South African filmmaking." In following up her award-winning debut, Love The One You Love, Bass turns her camera - actually an iPhone, which she used to shoot the film - on four very different friends camping in the Northern Cape.
From the get-go, their jovial antics are interspersed with cutting conversations about race, land claims, and gender relations. Against starkly beautiful desert landscapes, the group captures these debates on their phones (between performing party tricks and hitting joints). But when they wake up the next day, they've inexplicably swapped bodies. Now, the discussions from the day before take on painful, and potentially destructive, new meanings.
High Fantasy reverberates with a powerful realness that is grounded by breakout performances from Qondiswa James, Liza Scholtz, Nala Khumalo, and Francesca Michel - all co-writers of the script. Their performances transcend clichés so often associated with asking questions about what it would mean to live in another's skin.

With a raw style that's part Blair Witch and part Tangerine, High Fantasy probes apartheid's still-unhealed wounds and challenges the platitudes of a promised peaceful future.
KIVA REARDON, TIFF 2017, Toronto

Tags: Identity, Global Perspectives, Social Justice, Women In Film, SUB-SAHARAN AFRICAN, Female Director, Drama

A movie created by Jenna Bass, Qondiswa James, Nalá Khumalo, Francesca Varre Michel and Liza Scholtz

Executive Producer
Irshaad Ebrahim

Producers
Jenna Bass, Steven Markovitz, David Horler

director
Jenna Bass

screenplay
Jenna Bass, Qondiswa James, Nala Khumalo, Francesca Varrie Michel, Liza Scholtz, Loren Loubser

Cinematography
Jenna Bass Qondiswa, James Nala Khumalon, Francesca Varrie Michel, Liza Scholtz, Loren Loubser

music
Jason Sutherland

Editing
Kyle Wallace

Production Designers
Chantell Lungiswa, Joe, Jenna Bass

Production Companies
Big World Cinema, Fox Fire Films, Proper Film

US Sales
Bridge Independent

Publicist
Touchwood PR

International Sales
Mongrel International
www.mongrelmedia.com/international/film/high-fantasy.aspx


2017 | TIFF - Toronto International Film Festival, Canada | 7-17 sept 2017
* Selection - Discovery/Next Wave
* World Premiere
www.tiff.net/tiff/high-fantasy/

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