Two productions with strong Gauteng links will be screening at the Toronto International Film Festival this month as Anthony Fabian's Skin and Akin Omotoso's short film Jesus and the Giant join two other SA productions representing South Africa at what is arguably one of the most important events on the global film calendar.

Omotoso's short film Jesus and the Giant (2008), which enjoyed a world premiere in Johannesburg earlier this year, is an experimental film set on location in modern day Johannesburg. Written by Aryan Kaganof and directed by Akin Omotoso, it is shot entirely (save for the last shot of the film) on a digital stills camera. According to the producers, over 7 000 photographs have been stitched together to create movement. "The effect gives the film a visceral intensity that relates to its theme of violence and redemption," explains Omotoso.

Omotso, who was born in Nigeria and studied drama at the University of Cape Town, won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Film in 2007.  He has directed several shorts including Gathering The Scattered Cousins, which showed at TIFF 06 and the feature God Is African.

Shot on location in and around Gauteng, Skin (2008) is a UK- South Africa co-production directed by Anthony Fabian, staring Sophie Okonedo, Sam Neil and Alice Krige. Moonlighting Films co-produced with Bard Entertainments Ltd (UK) and Elysian Films (UK). Based on a true story, the film explores the often bizarre and tragic reality of identity and race in apartheid South Africa and was shot in English and Afrikaans.

Skin will enjoy its World premiere at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival

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