By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act September 5, 2013 at 11:29AM
South African filmmaker Jahmil X.T. Qubeka's Of Good Report, which debuted to controversy at the 34th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), in Durban, South Africa, in July.
Following the refusal to classify the film, citing that it "promotes child abuse & pornography," the South African Film and Publications Board reversed their decision and gave the film the US equivalent of an R-rating.
DIFF manager Peter Machen awarded the film a newly-created annual award for Artistic Bravery.
Described as an homage to classic film noir, Of Good Report tells the story of a demented school teacher's attempts to get away with the brutal murder of a teenage beauty queen.
The filmmaker calls it a "serial killer origins story about how a social misfit turns into an inadequate man hell-bent on satisfying his shameful lust. It is Little Red Riding Hood, told from the wolf’s perspective."
TIFF, where it'll screen next, says Of Good Report is "superbly filmed in black and white," and that it "takes us well out of our comfort zones with the boldness of an artistic and political maverick. Audiences should be forewarned: the film's depictions of Sithole's crimes and their aftermath is heavy viewing that may disturb even seasoned cinema-goers, and is bound to jolt and to challenge usually complacent representations of South African — and universal — morality."
Mothusi Magano stars in the film, along with Petronella Tshuma.
It's produced by Mike Auret and Luzuko Dilima (Spier Films).
Here' the first full trailer for the film: