14-year-old Felix Xaba dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father, but his mother Lindiwe thinks jazz is the devil's music.
When Felix leaves his township friends to take up a scholarship at an elitist private school, he defies his mother and turns to two aging members of his father's old band to help him prepare for the school jazz concert.
A Roberta Durrant Film
2013, South Africa, 95mins, feature, HD, English and Xhosa with English subtitles, Family film
Hlayani Jr Mabasa
Dame Janet Suzman
Trailer - FELIX, a Feature film by Roberta Durrant, 2013, South Africa from Africiné www.africine.org on Vimeo.
GENRE: Family film
LENGTH: +/- 120 minutes
LOCATION: Cape Town, South Africa
DIRECTOR: Roberta Durrant
Screenwriter: Shirley Johnston
DOP: Natalie Haarhoff
Art director: Surisa Surisa
Wardrobe stylist: Ayesha Khatieb
Hair and makeup artist: Islyn Goliath
Editor: Maryke Kruger
Line producer: Kate SchalkThe first South African film written, directed, shot, edited and line produced by women since democracy.
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Penguin Films
a Penguin Films production
for Sabido Productions
Crystal Brook Distribution.
It's the first film fully financed by Sabido Production (South Africa).In Cinemas
13. September 2013
2013 | Vancouver International Film Festival in Canada
2013 | Lucas International Children's Film Festival
2013 | Hamburg FilmFest, in Germany.
2013 | 34th Durban International Film Festival
* Won: Durban Audience Award
* World Premiere
www.durbanfilmfest.co.za/2013/feature-films/felixScript Coverage and Awards
Francis Ford Coppola's ‘American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest'
Sithengi Writer's Forum Award
U.S. Specscriptacular Competition Los Angeles
Moondance Screenwriting Competition Colorado 2005
Selected for Scrawl/Miramax development laboratory 2005