The nominations for the 32nd Annual Genie Awards - Canada’s equivalent of the Oscars - were announced by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and include seven nominations for the movie Bang Bang Club.
The movie which saw a great deal of success in South Africa last year tells the story of South Africa’s famed team of photographers Ken Oosterbroek, Kevin Carter, Joao Silva and Greg Marinovich.
The four photojournalists became renowned for documenting the violence in the townships in the turbulent period between 1990 and 1994, leading up to South Africa’s first democratic elections.
The Canadian-South African production, directed by Emmy Award winner Steven Silver, a South African writer, director and producer, is based on the autobiography The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War, co-written by Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva.
It's a great honour for a South African co-production to receive this level of recognition from such an esteemed industry body.
The film was nominated for Best Art Direction/Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Direction, Best Music, Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role, Best Overall Sound and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Vancouver-based Taylor Kitsch received a nomination for his role as Kevin Carter, the supremely talented but troubled photographer who committed suicide 14 months after winning the Pulitzer Prize for photography, while Silver was nominated both for best director and for his adapted screenplay of Marinovich and Silva’s best-selling book.
Head of Out of Africa and the producer of the film, Lance Samuels said "It's a great honour for a South African co-production, which tells the story of a tumultuous and significant time in South Africa’s history, to receive this level of recognition from such an esteemed industry body."