South African filmmaker's big shot at global success
Hanneke Schutte, the South African winner of the Jameson First Shot competition, has directed a short film starring Willem Dafoe. Winning filmmaker Hanneke Schutte with the competition's creative director Kevin Spacey. Oscar-nominated producer Dana Brunetti and two-time Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey showed their support at the global Jameson First Shot premiere of Schutte’s winning short film Saving Norman.
Schutte, a 37-year-old filmmaker from Johannesburg, was named one of three winners. Schutte received the opportunity to fly to Los Angeles to shoot her short film and direct Willem Dafoe in the leading role, all with the backing of award-winning production company Trigger Street Productions.
Creative director of the competition and star of last year’s winning films Kevin Spacey said: "It was a risk for Willem to agree to star in three films before we even had any scripts, but I think his gamble has paid off.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Mail & Guardian