23 Apr The Man with the Heavy Leg | A Short Film by Natasja Fourie
The Man with the Heavy Leg is the first short film from emerging South African director Natasja Fourie. The 12-minute film was adapted from the short story of the same name by South African author Jan Rabie, which confronts themes of guilt and consequence – themes which Natasja feels are as pertinent today as they were when the story was first written.
“The story is about our hesitance to help others and the guilt we suffer subsequently,” says Natasja. “In South Africa we come face to face with the helpless, the needy and the most vulnerable people of society on a day to day basis. We have become numb to this inhumane living and it has created an unhealthy society where everyone, those who have and those who have not, tend to fend for themselves.” Natasja undertook the screenplay adaptation and relished the challenge of bringing the story to screen in an honest, provocative and original way. “The story is typically modernist, but instead of portraying the plight of the alienated post Second World War individual, I have focused on the similarly disaffected individuals in post Apartheid South Africa,” she says.
The film was shot on location in Cape Town in collaboration with local production company Groundglass and the South African NFVF with a stelar cast and crew. It’s set for international release later in 2015 and has been accepted into the prestigious Cannes Short Film Corner.
Writer: Natasja Fourie
Director: Natasja Fourie
Executive Producer: Janette de Villiers
Director of Photography: Clive Sacke
Score: Gerdus Oosthuizen
Production Design and Art Direction: Andrew McCarthy
Post Production: David Hay and Chris Sharpe at Framestore