Monday, March 23, 2015

The NFVF's shameful 2015 Saftas again totally botches the In Memoriam section; blatantly "forgets" several notable names for the segment.

On Sunday night on SABC2 it was once again too difficult and cumbersome for the 2015 South African Film and Television Awards to get its annually botched In Memoriam segment right, with the Saftas which again blatantly left several names off the list.

The 2015 Saftas under the custodianship of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and the Saftas organising committee with the awards show ceremony on TV produced by Clive Morris Productions, again messed up by failing to give proper attention to those the industry lost the past year in its tribute and shamefully omitted names as happened in the past.

While viewers watched a piano and violin tribute at the 9th South African Film and Television Awards as the names scrolled across TV screens and across the backdrop of the Michael Gill designed stage at Gallagher Estate, the Saftas and producers left out several noteworthy industry stalwarts who had passed away.

There was no mention of the SABC cameraman Amos Sibongile Mabuza, SABC Ndebele news anchor Mhlekwa Mahlangu or soccer legend turned SuperSport presenter Isaac "Shakes" Kungwane.

The shameful 2015 Saftas blatantly left out - or forgot - about filmmaker Nelson "Nana Mahomo, stage designer Johan Engels; actor, writer and director Glyn Jones, eNCA (DStv 403) cameraman Elelwani "Dot Com" Rampfumedzi and the former Generations actress Nathi Rula.

The Umoja narrator Penuel "Hope" Ndaba who passed away in December 2014 wasn't "important" enough to get an In Memoriam mention at the NFVF's Saftas.

Writer Nadine Gordimer got an honourable and deserved mention; however the Saftas blatantly and shockingly excluded writer and critic Dan Jacobson, Andre P Brink, Mafika Pascal Gwala and Chris van Wyk.

It's unacceptable and pathetic that the NFVF, the Saftas organising committee and the Saftas year after year are unable to proper honour those who've passed away in a purported awards show supposedly there to honour those in South Africa's film and TV industry.

If you can't get it right, stop doing it. 

Doing it shoddily and the Saftas producers botching something like the In Memoriam segment year after year (which isn't difficult to get right, complete and accurate) does an incredible amount of damage.