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Monday, April 14, 2014

SAFTAS 2014. Suffering in silence: Director Jahmil X.T Qubeka's acceptance speech not heard, marred by no sound and video problems.


The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), the Saftas committee and Clive Morris Productions has failed to publicly apologise to director Jahmil X.T Qubeka, with TV viewers who couldn't hear a single word of his acceptance speech during the atrociously bad 8th South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) marred by terrible production values including non-existing sound and video.

Jahmil X.T. Qubeka won as best director for a feature film for but as elsewhere during the Saftas trashcast there was no audio, serious video problems, video which actually cut out completely, and the amateur on-air display of a super-imposed "625" on TV screens.

Just like the no-sound Saftas and Jahmil X.T. Qubeka's dead-air acceptance speech, the NFVF, the Saftas organising committee and Clive Morris Productions have been silent for more than a week.

It is deplorable and shocking that firstly someone getting an award on a made-for-television awards ceremony cannot properly get his acceptance speech broadcast and heard. It's even more disgustingly pathetic that those responsible for it, cannot even publicly apologise and say sorry.