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Videovision Entertainment’s ‘Red Dust’ Nominated for Best Film in British Academy TV Awards

Co-production with Distant Horizon and BBC Films in association with the IDC and SABC.

Videovision Entertainment’s Red Dust, the gripping Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) suspense drama has been nominated for the British Academy Television Awards in the category, Best Single Drama. Red Dust is the first South African film to be nominated for this prestigious award. Also nominated in the same category are the British films, The Government Inspector, Much Ado About Nothing and The Queen’s Sister. The British Academy Television Awards which is run under the auspices of the British Academy of Film And Television Arts (BAFTA) will be held on Sunday, 7 May 2006 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Directed by Tom Hooper, Red Dust is a co-production between Videovision Entertainment, Distant Horizon and BBC Films in association with The Industrial Development Corporation Of South Africa and the SABC. The film is produced by Anant Singh, Helena Spring, David Thompson and Ruth Caleb, and stars two-time Oscar Winner, Hilary Swank, Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dirty Pretty Things), Jamie Bartlett (Beyond Borders), Ian Roberts (Tsotsi), Marius Weyers and Nambitha Mpumlwana (Tsotsi).

Producer of Red Dust, Anant Singh commented, “We are thrilled that Red Dust is the first South African film to be nominated for the Best Single Drama prize in the British Academy Television Awards. The film has touched audiences around the world. Red Dust won the coveted Audience Prize in Miami and the Special Jury Award and the Silver Peacock at the 36th International Film Festival of India. We are proud to be nominated for this prestigious with our long-time partners, BBC Films.”

Moses Silinda, Head: Media and Motion Pictures Business Unit of the IDC commented, “The IDC is pleased to be associated with Red Dust and we are delighted with its British Academy Television Award Nomination. The IDC is entrenched in its support for the South African Film Industry and we are committed to its development.”

Chief Operating Officer of the SABC, Solly Mokoetle commented, “The SABC is delighted with Red Dust‘s nomination for Best Single Drama. Our involvement in Red Dust is part of our broader strategy of supporting the South African Film and Television Industry.”

Red Dust received rave reviews when it was released theatrically in Australia, the United Kingdom and South Africa. The film was also featured at the Cape Town World Cinema Festival, the Bangkok Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival, the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, the Human Rights Nights Film Festival in Bologna Italy, The African Diaspora Film Festival in New York and The Prague International Film Festival in the Czech Republic.

Directed by Tom Hooper and written by Troy Kennedy-Martin (Italian Job, Bravo Two Zero), Red Dust is a Videovision Entertainment, Distant Horizon and BBC Films production in association with the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Ltd and the SABC, and is produced by Anant Singh, Helena Spring, David M. Thompson and Ruth Caleb and executive produced by Sanjeev Singh, Sudhir Pragjee and Joe Oppenheimer. Red Dust was shot in South Africa on location in Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape and in Johannesburg.

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