This heart-breaking short film by Jolynn Minnaar, made script-to-screen in just 72 hours, was recently named the winner of the 2014 shnit Real Time Competition. In it, the charismatic Mr Basil Twine talks tenderly about his beloved wife Valma and their daily life together. The film skips between Basil reminiscing about the past and speaking about the present but as the story unfolds the sad truth is gradually revealed, that Valma passed away a few years ago and Basil is a stage 2 Alzheimer’s sufferer.
Jolynn is an award-winning director, cinematographer, photographer and communications strategist committed to telling stories that matter. She is most well-known for her acclaimed debut feature, Unearthed, a thoroughly researched documentary that uncovers the shale gas industry from an international perspective in light of the fracking debate in South Africa.
Now in its fourth year, the shnit Real Time Competition annually invites three home grown filmmakers drawn from Cape Town’s most exciting young talent to compete against each other to produce a 5 minute film over the course of the festival week. This year’s theme was ‘Home’. Jolynn was up against Kyle Lewis and Kofi Zwana and was chosen the winner by judges Jenna Bass, Jahmil XT Qubeka and Terence Neale, headed by Gavin Hood.
Valma Veronica credits:
Director, Cinematographer: Jolynn Minnaar
Producer: Dylan Voogt
Editor: Willem Grobler
On Location Sound: Ashleigh Schlosz, Tanya Linford
Sound Final Mix: Suzanne Wessels, Morne Marais
Music: James Matthes
Colorist: David Grant
Thank you to our Suppliers:
Searle Street Post Production
Sound Surgeon Studios
Pressure Cooker Studios
A very special thank you to:
The Twine Family
Marcelle Du Toit
The Management and Residents of PlumRusoord Home for the Elderly
For care and support, please visit alzheimers.org.za