Of Good Report

 

Year: 2013
Country: SOUTH AFRICA
Run Time: 109 minutes

The third feature by young South African director Jahmil X.T. Qubeka is the provocative story of a high-school teacher with a penchant for young girls. The film became the center of public attention following its controversial temporary ban by the South African Film and Publications Board for "promoting child abuse & pornography." OF GOOD REPORT takes us on a surreal journey into the backstory of a troubled man, Parker Sithole. When he applies for a job at a high school, the lead teacher gives his references a cursory scan, commending him for being a man “of good report.” Sithole soon takes up with a lusty 16-year-old beauty queen named Nolitha, and the relationship spirals into violent obsession. Incorporating classic noir elements of masterpieces by Hitchcock and Bob Fosse, OF GOOD REPORT is a disorienting black-and-white film that peers into the warped mind of a misogynistic man who hides behind a façade of respectability. (In English, Xhosa, and Sotho with subtitles) —B.B.

Director
Jahmil X.T. Qubeka

Producers
Mike Auret, Luzuko Dilima

Screenwriting
Jahmil X.T. Qubeka

Cinematography
Jonathan Kovel

Editing
Cobus Roussouw, Che Amaru Tunstead

Principal Cast
Mothusi Magano, Petronella Tshuma, Lee-Anne van Rooi, Tshamano Sebe, Thobi Mkwhanazi

Director Bio
Jahmil X.T. Qubeka has directed television programs and documentaries. His documentary and feature film work has screened at festivals in Pusan, Dubai, and Rotterdam.

Select Filmography
"uMalusi" (2009), "A Small Town Called Descent" (2010), OF GOOD REPORT (2013)

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