BROWN FLAMINGO

 

We make more than just films.

 

PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT

SHORTS

Presenting completed shorts by Brown Flamingo.

 

SKAAP

Short Film

Genre: Surrealist Drama
Director / Writer: Mzonke Maloney

In a quiet allegory on the fragility and volatility of power, a young woman finds herself on a rattling taxi to a reality in a new South Africa that is too similar to the old. “Always late” she is scolded by, presumably, her grandmother and falls right into the older woman’s shoes as a domestic worker and care giver. Slowly walking through the quiet home, she seems to imagine herself in the house but under different circumstances. But her reality awaits, so she opens windows and tends to an the old man of the house, lifting him from his slumber and assuring that he has his time in the sun. A dance of grace, restraint, helplessness and frustration to the point of rage unfolds as we watch a young woman silently buck against her job as a care taker to an old white man whose fragility illuminates her potential power at the same time as it reaffirms his own. In a moment of rage turned madness, she sinks the old man during his bath, submerging him underwater as the full might of her own power descends on her, but no sooner has she realised that power than it is drained from her body and she is left with naught but panic. She quietly settles back into her role as a caregiver and their dynamic continues seemingly unchanged in a true South African ending.

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HANGKLIP

Short Film

Story: Jas Miszewski & Marius Scholtz
Director: Jas Miszewski
Writer: Marius Scholtz

Hidden up the east coast of South Africa lies a beach house in which George a seasoned musician in the grips of an existential crisis, begins work on his first solo album. Having recently returned from a successful career in London marred by a tragic ending, he navigates a changed South Africa and a resurgence of relationships in the forms of his estranged daughter Sadie and her Xhosa mother, Rita.

 

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THE HUNKS OF MUSCLE CITY

Short Film

Story / Concept: Herman de Klerk
Director: Herman de Klerk
Writer/s: Herman de Klerk & Evan Wigdorowitz 

An asylum seeking security guard pays an unanticipated visit to his traumatic past through the mentally frail nonconformist who doesn’t want to live in the city of bodybuilders.

 

 

 

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THE TOWN

Short Film

Director / Writer: Lindiwe Makgalemele

Seven-year-old Lesedi spends her days waiting and hoping for something to happen. She begins her morning as she has many other mornings: chasing and throwing stones at the cars that are passing through the centre of her isolated town. She hits one then soon returns to Marta’s – a middle-aged shop- keeper and her best friend- to wait out the rest of the day. While Marta, well accustomed to waiting flows through her daily routine with hard-fought content, Lesedi is restless, expectant, and yearns for movement. Unexpectedly, a car similar to the one Lesedi threw stones at breaks down introducing Naledi to the community and leading Lesedi to believe that she caused the breakdown. Though Lesedi is wary of being discovered, she is enamoured by Naledi and an unlikely albeit transient connection is formed.

 

 

 

PROJECTS

Presenting the projects in development by Brown Flamingo.

 

HYPERLINK

Anthology of 4 Short Films

Directors / Writers: Mzonke Maloney, Julie Nxadi, Evan Wigdorowitz, Nolitha Mkulisi

An Anthology based on 4 short stories that are themed around the internet and Social Media.

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THE VIOLENCE

Young Adult  |  Feature Film

Genre: Surrealist Drama
Director: Mzonke Maloney
Screenplay: Mzonke Maloney & Evan Wigdorowitz
Status: Pre-Production

After witnessing a murder, Vukile, a mischievous teenager, experiences psychogenic dysphonia and loses his voice. His journey to regain it, takes him to a camp, where he must survive the terrors of harsh ex politician, General Mqina.

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RAGE

Young Adult  |  Feature Film

Genre: Comedy-Drama
Director: Evan Wigdorowitz
Screenplay: Nolitha Mkulisi & Evan Wigdorowitz

A seemingly socially awkward teenage girl who’s been known to miss most social events throughout her schooling career, misses the most important night in high school, her Matric Dance (Prom night). Seen as social suicide by her peers, she is soon after dared to attend Matric Rage the most debaucherous “rite of passage” event for high school graduates.

 

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KRUGERS DORP

Young Adult  |  Feature Film

Genre: Psychological Thriller / coming of age tragedy
Director: Herman de Klerk
Screenplay: Herman de Klerk, Mzonke Maloney, Julie Nxadi

Along with many residents of his hometown Krugers Dorp, an alienated white student in his final year of high school struggles to adapt to a post-apartheid South Africa. But when a kind of nurturing is promised by a commune of charismatic Afrikaans nativists, Arno feels a sense of home that he has been searching for unknowingly.

 

 

 

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MODEL C

Young Adult  |  Miniseries

Genre: Comedy Drama
Director: Julie Nxadi
Screenplay: Julie Nxadi

Model C is a coming of age dramatic comedy anthology series that shares tonal textures with films such as Juno, Dope, Edge of Seventeen, and Eighth Grade. The series holds a balance of grit and levity whilst pointing to the particular experiences of four young women of colour in a historically white (or former model C), all girl, public high school in late 2000s Cape Town, South Africa. With each 25 minute episode chronicling the experiences of each of these young women, each episode in the series hones in on a single character, presenting vignettes of these four characters’ diverse realities, each almost completely isolated from the other save for a few shared scenes and their shared reality that is their school, Jameson Girls High. We walk with them as they construct their varying identities in a fragmented and difficult to navigate post 94 South African reality, first in introductory episodes which acclimate us to their varying perspectives, and then in a second cycle of episodes that pry the characters open further, totaling 8 episodes for the complete series. Amidst race, gender, sexuality, class, intimacy, visibility, and desirability, our characters attempt to find some sense of belonging.

 

 

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BEYOND THE WASTE

Young Adult  |  Miniseries

Genre: Adventure Sci-Fi
Screenplay: Marius Scholtz, Alex Scholtz, Nina Lawrenson
 

A young princess’s search for the origin of a mysterious alien species in post-apocalyptic sub-Saharan Africa leads her to a discovery that changes the course of humanity’s precarious future.

 

 

 

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LODE

Nouveau  |  Feature Film

Genre: Historical Drama
Director: Evan Wigdorowitz
Screenplay: Evan Wigdorowitz

Gold mining started in South Africa on a few small farms in the Witwatersrand Highveld in 1886. These first endeavors eventually led to a reaping of great riches and consequent political and economic power for a few white men. These same endeavors led to a monumental change in the way of life for the multitudes of black men that toiled underground in the mines. Lode documents a glimpse into the life of one of these black men, Thulani, during his first week on a new mine in 1962.

 

 

 

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RIGHTEOUS HEROINE

Nouveau  |  Feature Film

Genre: Sci-Fi Paranormal-Drama
Screenplay: Nolitha Mkulisi, Jessie Viljoen

“A Hero without Power, An Antihero with power” Lindiwe was once revered in her community as a woman with unwavering pious values until she is believed to have been cursed and not gifted with supernatural abilities that have a great potential to change the lives of her loved ones, and the very same members of her community. It begins with a prophecy, one she will eventually attempt to reverse before her struggles in dealing with her insurmountable power.

 

 

 

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SKAAP

Nouveau  |  Miniseries

Genre: Paranormal Drama
Director: Mzonke Maloney, Darren Christian, Julie Nxadi
Screenplay: Mzonke Maloney, Darren Christian, Julie Nxadi

The small suburban town of Schapen is located three hours outside of a large, budding metropolis. The only thing it is known for, is its prolific goat/sheep farming, its meat industry, as well as its affordable middle class dwellings. For many black and coloured families (farm & factory workers), coming from the previously restricted villages & townships, found even further away from the city, moving to Schapen is their first step in attaining upward social mobility. To them the dorpie represents progress and accomplishment, as well as a substantial departure from the life, culture and people they used to know.

 

 

 

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THE HUNKS OF MUSCLE CITY

Nouveau  |  Miniseries

Genre: Satirical Psychological Drama
Director: Herman de Klerk, Mzonke MaloneyJulie Nxadi, Evan Wigdorowitz
Screenplay: Herman de Klerk

When unstable Nial’s night out drinking alone turns into an impulsive attempt at revenge, an asylum seeking security guard pays an unanticipated visit to his traumatic past through the mentally frail nonconformist who doesn’t want to live in the city of bodybuilders.

 

 

 

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