GIFF presents the seventh 2010 Global Lens film at the Tampa Museum of Art:
What: SHIRLEY ADAMS, a film from South Africa
When: September 23 at 7 pm
Where: The still new and beautiful Tampa Museum of Art, 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602
Why: Come see a film, stroll through the museum, and enjoy food and wine at the cafe--another magnificent metropolitan experience.
How: $5 - general admission
students/seniors, Tampa Museum of Art members, and
GIFF members are free! (Become a 2010 member)
A film by Oliver Hermanus
English and Afrikaans, with subtitles in English
South Africa, 2009 (92 minutes)
In this deeply affecting portrait of ordinary courage in present-day South Africa, a single mother-Shirley Adams-struggles to care for her paraplegic teenage son, Donovan, in a depressed district on the outskirts of Cape Town. Wearied but resolute, she desperately clings to him as he withdraws from the world following a suicide attempt, and is hopeful when his spirits are momentarily lifted by the appearance of Tamsin, a pretty but overeager social worker. But when the relationship between Donovan and Tamsin sours, his fragile emotional health declines, and Shirley's faith and perseverance are put to the ultimate test. First-time director Oliver Hermanus's observant camera holds close to its subjects, capturing the claustrophobia, intimacy and hushed anguish surrounding the tender daily routines of a mother and her child.
About the Director
Oliver Hermanus was born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1983. He began his professional career as a press photographer, covering international events such as the Glastonbury Music Festival and the G-8 Summit. He holds a BA in Film Media and Visual Studies from the University of Cape Town where, as a student, he directed a number of short films and documentaries. Shirley Adams is his first feature film.