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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 09.04.13] South Africa thriller drama

One of the movies flying below the radar of the festival circuit line-ups is Jahmil XT Qubeka's South African ode to the noir Of Good Report. But Qubeka's film is not a mystery but rather a thriller that was, for a period, banned in the writer/director's native South Africa.

Mothusi Magano stars as Parker Sithole, a newly recruited teacher who has a sexual encounter at a bar with a woman he thinks is in her twenties but later turns out to be underage and a student in his class but what started as a one time chance encounter soon turns into an obsession that unravels Sithole, a man already a bit unhinged.

The trailer for Of Good Report is gorgeous, a stark black and white affair that is loaded with sexuality and the music gives it the feel of a fevered dream that spirals into nightmare. Simply put, this looks fantastic.

Of Good Report is playing TIFF before heading across the pond to BFI London where it will be screening in competition.

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