Cape Town, South Africa – 16 May 2016

Sci-Fi Teen Romance HEADLAND, penned and to be directed by award-winning writer/director Elan Gamaker has been selected for the 2016 Durban FilmMart, taking place between the 17th and 20th June during the Durban International Film Festival. HEADLAND marks the third time a Proper Film project has been selected for Africa’s premier pitching, financing and co-production forum, following multiple development awards for Jenna Bass’s TOK TOKKIE (2010) and FLATLAND (2012).

DFM is a joint collaboration between the Durban Film Office and the Durban International Film Festival. The aim of DFM is to raise the visibility of Africa cinema, to stimulate film production on the continent and facilitate project collaborations amongst African filmmakers. The DFM, as a result creates an ideal environment for African filmmakers, broadcasters and top film experts to come together and engage in critical dialogue and creative thinking about future projects. And it is an important networking event for film-makers from around the globe, and has become an important springboard for African projects to be realized.

The Durban FilmMart, now in its it 7th edition, has selected 19 projects from across Africa, including Uganda, Egypt, Kenya, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Tunisia and South Africa.

HEADLAND is set in a future South Africa; where the government has provisionally renamed the Platteland and Overberg regions ‘Hinterland’ and ‘Headland’ and declared them independent self-governing territories. To avoid becoming victims of ethnic cleansing, all people living in areas in which they were not born – and vice versa – must ‘go home’, meaning Hinterlander Primo January and Headlander Bethany Lawrence must be uprooted and rehoused. The teenagers do not meet each other on Partition Weekend, during which families are displaced and forced to live in strangers’ homes. But as the only children in their respective families they end up in one another’s rooms. Primo discovers Bethany’s diary, begun on the day of her brother’s death and featuring the imagined courting of her estranged parents. On the other side of the mountains, Bethany discovers Primo’s story-book; full of tall tales of adventure and discovery featuring what he calls his Invisible siblings. As their imaginations run wild with the personal documents they have found, the pair fall in love with each other while unsure if they will ever meet. Then the supposedly temporary Partition becomes permanent, and Primo seeks out one last, life-threatening opportunity to meet Bethany.

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