Good Madam

Mlungu Wam | Jenna Cato Bass | ZA 2021 | 92 Min | DCP

Performance before the screening: HEATHERS’ BLOOD FEAST: A TALK GONE HORRIBLY WRONG

For decades Black housekeeper Mavis has been living with a wealthy white family in a suburb of Cape Town. When her daughter Tsidi asks her if she and Mavis’s grandchild, Winnie, can move in, the elderly woman agrees, but under one condition: that all the rules of the bedridden landlady—whom they call “Good Madam”—be followed. Soon the shadows begin to grow, and Tsidi realizes that something’s fishy about this place. In Good Madam, Jenna Cato Bass unleashes a horror thriller with a satirical, dissident edge. Its uncanny atmosphere feeds from both the specter of a supernatural menace and the threat of your garden-variety racism.

Jenna Cato Bass
is probably best known for the thriller Flatland, which was the opening film of the 2019 Berlinale Panorama. A writer, filmmaker, and former magician, she previously made the collaboratively created features Love the One You Love (2014) and High Fantasy and cowrote the coming-of-age romance Rafiki, which premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Jenna teaches directing and screenwriting at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and is a founding member of the Free Film School collective.
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Language OmeU
Cast Chumisa Cosa, Nosipho Mtebe, Kamvalethu Jonas Raziya, Sanda Shandu
Writer Jenna Cato Bass and many collaborators
Editing Jacques de Villiers
Cinematography Jenna Cato Bass