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Dark comedy meets surrealism in SA short film


Writer director Yolande Botha’s Lina and Leo launches online.

How does a man end up buried up to his shoulders, in the middle of the Karoo, with a chicken tied to his neck? And how far will people go to survive, to be the fittest in the pack? These were the questions that writer director Yolande Botha asked when writing the offbeat dark comedy Lina and Leo. 

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Inspired by an Annie Leibovitz portrait of William Burroughs, Lina and Leo is a 20-minute short film about a struggling middle-aged journalist, played by Jeroen Kranenburg, who is hot on the trail of a successful, but recluse surrealist artist for his next big story. Known only as “NJ”, the artist clearly doesn’t want to be found and Leo experiences one bizarre thing after another in the strange little town of Tallydale.

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Produced by creative collective The Brave Cartel, Lina and Leo spent a year on the film festival circuit before it was released online in mid-August 2016. In three weeks it has received close to a thousand views on Vimeo and was selected as international short film platform, Film Shortage’s Daily Pick. It was also featured on creative platform We And The Colour.

Lina and Leo is advertising copywriter-turned-filmmaker Yolande Botha’s first professional and biggest production to date. Since its completion, she has written and directed other short films, like the twice SAFTA-nominated When We Were Kids and Every Six Months, that was made for and shortlisted in the Colchester Film Festival’s 60-Hour Challenge.

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Founded in early 2015, The Brave Cartel collaborates with various production partners, brands and ad agencies to conceptualise and produce film and branded content.

See all the behind the scene photos at:

Twitter: @yolande_botha

Key roles:

Writer/Director: Yolande Botha

Producers: Cate Uys & Yolande Botha

Executive Producer: Ebrahim Mia

Director of Photography: Felix Seuffert

Editor: Paul Speirs

Sound Design: Morné Marais

Music: Riaan Smit

VFX: Post

Colour grade: iKraal

Lead: Jeroen Kranenburg

Supporting roles: Anna Capraro, Jarrid Geduld, Trude Gunther, Billings Siwila and Karl Oslo


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