Haunting SA film 'Tess' depicts complex realities of sex work

The South African feature film Tess is being screened for a limited run at the V&A Waterfront's Cinema Nouveau this week, in order to make it eligible for submission to the Oscars’ Foreign Film category.

Tess is the story of a drug-addicted Cape Town sex worker and how her life is impacted by an unexpected pregnancy.

WATCH: Tess film trailer

Film director Meg Rickards says she used her cinematic experience shooting documentary work to create the highly visual feature film.

We wanted to use the the shooting style of documentary to the film so that it would feel naturalistic and organic.

Meg Rickards, Film director of Tess

The production team interviewed local sex workers and used several real locations to create the narrative.

She explains that the film is not meant to be a representation of all sex workers' lives, instead Rickards hopes the film initiates a public dialogue.

It's a story first and foremost. We wanted it to feel realistic, but it's not meant to be a documentary or a advocacy film.

Meg Rickards, Film director of Tess

Tess is Rickards' first big screen feature film after previously working in the documentary film genre.

The film is based on the novel Whiplash by Tracey Farran and it has been five years in the making.

Rickards had to wait until a previous film option on the book expired before she could start working on the the project in 2011.

Tess was well-received at the Durban International Film Festival, picking up Best Editing and Best Actress.

The film will be officially released at cinemas nationwide in February 2017.

Listen to the full conversation from The Pippa Hudson Show:

Read More
How Jazzart and artistic director Sifiso Kweyama are keeping dance alive

How Jazzart and artistic director Sifiso Kweyama are keeping dance alive

Jazzart Dance Company director Sifiso Kweyama has spent 27 years in the arts and reflects on challenges facing dance companies.

Van Breda's injuries match patterns of self-inflicted injury, court told

Van Breda's injuries match patterns of self-inflicted injury, court told

Another expert reiterates claims that his injuries were self-inflicted, while the defence tries to have his statement thrown out.

Project aims to get to the bottom of mental health issues facing uni students

Project aims to get to the bottom of mental health issues facing uni students

A study is investigating how prevalent common mental disorders are among undergraduate university students across the globe.

Train crash at Lakeside rail crossing leaves two injured

Train crash at Lakeside rail crossing leaves two injured

Two people were injured on Tuesday afternoon when a train crashed into their BMW at Uxbridge Road in Lakeside.

Expert says van Breda's wounds self-inflicted and casts doubts on concussion

Expert says van Breda's wounds self-inflicted and casts doubts on concussion

A forensic specialist has once again testified that murder accused Henri van Breda' s injuries could have been self-inflicted.

Designer David Tlale searching for the next fashion star

Designer David Tlale searching for the next fashion star

Designer David Tlale is hunting for 12 hopeful fashion designers to compete in his rigorous intern programme cum reality TV show.

Popular articles
Capitec Bank comes out tops

Capitec Bank comes out tops

A new survey shows the not-so-small-anymore bank has the best digital banking offering in South Africa.

Gordhan catching Minister Brown in the lies behind Molefe's return - analyst

Gordhan catching Minister Brown in the lies behind Molefe's return - analyst

ANC MP Pravin Gordhan grilled Minister Lynne Brown over Brian Molefe's re-appointment at Eskom saying several things don't add up.

Parents frantic search for children after 19 killed in alleged suicide attack

Parents frantic search for children after 19 killed in alleged suicide attack

19 people have been killed and 52 injured in blast at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena on Monday night.

3 best shares to buy right now (by Falcon Crest Asset Managers)

3 best shares to buy right now (by Falcon Crest Asset Managers)

Looking for stock picks? Bruce Whitfield interviews Falcon Crest Asset Managers Chief Investment Officer Farai Mapfinya.

Steam rooms and saunas will be closed from Wednesday at Virgin Actives in CT

Steam rooms and saunas will be closed from Wednesday at Virgin Actives in CT

The gym will be imposing strict measures to save and use water wisely across the city.