High Fantasy

Jenna BassSouth Africa71 minutes2017PGColourEnglish

Sun
Feb 18
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With her second feature, South African director Jenna Bass offers a thought-provoking mediation on the intersection of race, gender, and identity. When four friends embark on a camping trip at an isolated farm in South Africa's Northern Cape, they wake up to find they've swapped bodies. Stranded and disturbed, the group must navigate myriad personal and political issues if their friendship is to survive. High Fantasy has a raw, reality-television style vibe that is grounded by incredible performances from Qondiswa James, Liza Scholtz, Nala Khumalo, and Francesca Michel, all co-writers of the script.

The dialogue is smart, funny, and stands out for capturing the way young people actually speak. The film is a genre-bending mix of Blair Witch and Freaky Friday, and, impressively, was shot entirely on an iPhone, cementing Bass as part of a new wave of South African filmmakers who are pushing the boundaries of cinema.

IKORO HUGGINS-WARNER

Additional Credits

Director
Jenna Bass
Production Company
Big World Cinema, Fox Fire Films, Proper Film
Executive Producer
Irshaad Ebrahim
Producer
Jenna Bass, Steven Markovitz, David Horler
Screenplay
Jenna Bass, Qondiswa James, Nala Khumalo, Francesca Varrie Michel, Liza Scholtz, Loren Loubser
Cinematographer
Jenna Bass, Qondiswa James, Nala Khumalo, Francesca Varrie Michel, Liza Scholtz, Loren Loubser
Editor
Kyle Wallace
Production Designer
Chantell Lungiswa Joe, Jenna Bass
Music
Jason Sutherland
Cast
Qondiswa James, Nala Khumalo, Francesca Varrie Michel, Liza Scholtz, Loren Loubser, Francois Immelmann
Primary Publicity
Touchwood PR
International Sales Agent
Mongrel International
US Sales Agent
Bridge Independent
Canadian Distributor
Mongrel Media