Tsotsi

28 May

Tsotsi

At the WGA last night for a screening of Tsotsi and a discussion with Gavin Hood, moderated by Michael.

Tsotsi is a great emotionally driven film with dialogue at a minimum but an intense level of visual communication from the actors. Hood is brilliant. He’s bringing a level of awareness to the effort that makes most films seem blunted and stunted.

He’d heard about Umzumbe Boys and praised it as a great idea. It’s cool to imagine people discussing Umzumbe Boys even before it’s hit the trades.

Hood talked about story-boarding his films, but he also story-boards the emotional beats of the movie. This is something I want to try.

Hood also said something I’ve always felt. That people don’t read a novel or watch a film for the plot, so much as the emotional moments they derive from the work.

(2006)

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