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Sunday, July 12, 2015


(Aidan Whytock)

A South African-produced psychological thriller, The Actor is paving the way for micro-budget film-making and intense story-telling, and will be making its South African debut at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) in venues in and around Durban from July 16 to 26.

Made for just R49,000 (USD4,000) this indie gem has garnered interest from international film festivals and will be making its South African debut at this year’s DIFF.

“Miracles are possible when driven by passion,” affirms DIFF director Pedro Pimenta when talking about The Actor at the DIFF media launch.

Written and directed by South African actor Aidan Whytock, The Actor tells the tale of what happens when a method actor takes it too far when preparing to play a demonically-possessed character.

Simon (Aidan Whytock) lives for two things: his dream of becoming an acclaimed actor, and his love for Sarah (Heidi Bottcher), his 12-year old daughter he only gets to see on the weekends. Unfortunately, as his ex-wife Emily (Shannyn Fourie) often points out, his career is stagnating, and Nathan (Gregory Parvess), his best friend turned agent, isn’t trying that hard to help him…

Aidan Whytock is an award-winning producer, director and actor who recently worked on Black Sails, Dominion, Momentum, Mat Joubert, Saints and Strangers and with Claire Danes on Homeland.

The Actor will be screening at the Durban International Film Festival on July 17 at 22h30 at Suncoast Cinema, and on July 21 at 12h00 at Elangeni Hotel. For more information visit website for the trailer, synopsis, BTS photos and info on cast and crew:

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