Dollars And White Pipes, the stylish Cape Flats film produced by Videovision Entertainment and written and directed by Donovan Marsh won the Best Director Award for a First Feature at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles last month. Dollars And White Pipes is based on the true life story of Bernie Baatjies who grew up in the Cape Flats suburb of Hanover Park.
Making his feature film debut with Dollars And White Pipes, Marsh is known for directing the popular television series Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and MTN Gladiators. Marsh also directed the award-winning short film, Dead End for Videovision Entertainment.
Dollars And White Pipes is a rags to riches story which follows Bernie journey from the drug and gang culture to emotional and moral independence as he overcomes issues of race, education, addiction and racketeering and finally becomes a well respected and law abiding business entrepreneur – which he still is today.
“We are thrilled that Donovan has been acknowledged for his immense talent. He is truly deserving of the Best Director Award from the Pan African Film Festival. We had identified Donovan’s directing skills when we worked with him on the hit gameshow, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?. We subsequently produced the short film, Dead End with him and we are currently developing other film projects with Donovan,” commented producer, Helena Spring.
Donovan Marsh commented, “I am very excited with this recognition from the Pan African Film Festival. Credit also has to go to the many people that made personal sacrifices to ensure that Dollars And White Pipes came to fruition.”
Dollars And White Pipes will be released on DVD by Next Video on 21 April 2006.
Dollars And White Pipes is a Videovision Entertainment production in association with M-Net and stars a host of Cape talent, among whom are Clint Brink (Generations), Joey Yusuf Rasdien, Shaun Arnolds, Genevieve Howard and Kevin Smith. The film is produced by Anant Singh and Helena Spring, executive produced by Sanjeev Singh and Sudhir Pragjee, written and directed by Donovan Marsh.