No awards for “Hopeville” and lead actor Themba Ndaba nominated for prestigious awards at the 49th International Monte Carlo Television Festival.

No awards for “Hopeville” and lead actor Themba Ndaba nominated for prestigious awards at the 49th International Monte Carlo Television Festival.

june8NewsImage15 June 2009: German (ZDF) Mini Series “The Wolves” and Belgian mini series “Flesh and Bones” were winners in the Best Mini Series category, cialis while Igal Naor from the UK Mini Series “House of Saddam” won the Outstanding Actor category at the ceremony in Monaco last week.

Hopeville’s nominations at the 49th Annual Monte Carlo Television Festival include Best Mini-Series and Outstanding Actor for Hopeville’s lead actor, mind Themba Ndaba.

Themba Ndaba’s return to the small screen, after an interval away from the spotlight, has him in a number of noteable roles for SABC3’s The LAB, SABC1’s Soul City and SABC2’s Hopeville. A South African actor of note Ndaba’s work spans film, television and theatre and memorable productions include High Voltage, Running Wild, Panic Mechanic, Cry the Beloved Country, Good Man in Africa, Under African Skies, Streaks, Flat 27, Going Up and Generations. Themba Ndaba has been invited by the Monte Carlo Festival to represent the Hopeville production at the Gala Awards Ceremony in Monaco on June 11th. Ndaba commented “It is an unexpected honor to be nominated in Monte Carlo nogal and I thank God for the gate He has given me to possess.”

The Monte Carlo nominations for Themba Ndaba and the Hopeville production are an international accolade to the talent of our local actors and an impressive acknowledgement to the high standards of production quality exacted by the Curious Pictures team responsible for the six part mini series. The Hopeville mini series was helmed by director and head writer, John Trengove and features a cast of top South African talent including Desmond Dube, Mary Twala, Jody Abrahms, Fana Mokwena and Terry Pheto.

Strong contenders from all over the world including the United Kingdom, Russia, Japan, France, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Germany and our own South African production will be in competition for the coveted Golden Nymph Awards. Last years Golden Nymph for Best Mini Series was awarded to the U.S. television series “John Adams” and Paul Giamatti received the Outstanding Actor award for his role in “John Adams”

The aim of the Monte Carlo Television Festival is to recognize television as an exceptional means of bringing cultures together and enhancing their respective knowledge. The festival has generated worldwide interest and over the years, numerous distinguished celebrities have sat on the successive juries, bringing international recognition to the best of television programming.

Produced by Curious Pictures, Hopeville is a co-production between Heartlines and SABC Education. The Hopeville mini series forms an integral component of the Heartlines nationwide campaign encouraging South African’s to live their values and take positive action.

The Hopeville series was broadcast nationally to South African audiences on SABC2 during March and April 2009 and will rebroadcast on SABC1 in December 2009. The Hopeville mini series is currently being edited into a feature film to be submitted and screened on the international film festivals circuit in 2010.

Written by Heartlines

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