Following the phenomenal reaction to writer/director Pieter du Plessis’s debut feature film, DUST at its World Premiere as the closing film of the Durban International Film Festival on Saturday 19 September, it was announced today by Sanjeev Singh, Videovision Entertainment’s Director of Distribution and Acquisition that the film be released on DSTV BoxOffice on 9 October 2020.
DUST follows Rachel (Shana Mans) and her traumatised family who find asylum at a remote farmstead in a barren landscape. She believes that they have found a place to rest before moving on again, until the matriarch of the farm asks her to marry one of her sons. This sets off a cascade of clashing allegiances and ideologies that become more and more constricting to the young woman, her disabled father and adopted little brother. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, DUST is a slow burning tension thriller.
DUST, which features female lead characters delves into issues that impact on feminism in the modern world. The film looks at the different roles women play in society as they alternately fight against, and participate in, the systems that oppress them. DUST also explores toxic masculinity, in the form of the overtly abusive kind, and also the more benign forms that it sometimes takes in our society.
Pieter du Plessis said, “The release of DUST on DSTV BoxOffice gives us an opportunity to share the film with a wider audience. For me, making a thriller like DUST is about taking the right tone, and how I could move audiences towards the emotions I wanted them to experience. I hope that audiences are immersed in this experience and feel that they are part of the narrative.”
Sanjeev Singh commented, “We are pleased to have concluded arrangements to make DUST available on DSTV BoxOffice platform from 9 October 2020. DUST is a cinematic achievement for Pieter who crafted an engaging thriller that audiences will be able to experience in the comfort of their homes.”
DUST is an Anant Singh presentation of a Local Motion Pictures & Videovision Entertainment Production in partnership with the Department of Trade & Industry & Rigel Films. The film stars Shana Mans, Michelle Bradshaw, Kaz Mcfadden, Gustav Gerdener, Danielle Goodall, Deon Coetzee, Justin Strydom, Christian Gous and David Butler. It is Executive Produced by Sudhir Pragjee, Sanjeev Singh & Robert Naidoo; Produced by Anant Singh & Greig Buckle and Written & Directed by Pieter du Plessis.