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South African Independent horror film ‘8’ also known as “The Soul Collector” has won 5 international film awards; the win has us feeling really proud.


South Africa (24 December 2020) – South African Independent horror film ‘8’ also known as “The Soul Collector”  has added to its 3 awards from the 11th  British Horror Film festival in London by winning 5 more at the Seattle Film Festival. We first featured the news that the film had been picked up by Netflix back in May of this year.

“8” won ‘Best Visionary Feature Film’, ‘Best Horror Feature Film’, ‘Best Actor: Tshamano Sebe’, ‘Best Actress: Inge Backmann’ and ‘Best Young Actress: Keita Luna’.

The film has landed a UK & Polish distribution deal which brings the World Distribution list to 10 territories, including the USA, Russia and Germany. South African’s can watch 8 on NETFLIX.

8 tells the story of William Ziel & his fragmented family’s return to a farm which he inherited from his estranged father in an attempt to start a new life after becoming bankrupt. Lazarus, the farmhand (played by Sebe) soon reappears after William, Sarah and adopted daughter Mary arrives on the farm. Mary and Lazarus develop a strong bond but Lazarus carries a dark secret that constantly haunts him, the demon child with its insatiable appetite for human souls that weighs heavily in the sack he carries everywhere he goes.

“We are very proud to have won this award at the British Horror Film Festival, especially just after signing an UK deal and to get international recognition for 8. This is such awesome news to finish of a challenging year for our industry. Congratulations to all our amazing cast, crew and suppliers who put in big effort to make 8 happen” – Jac Williams, Producer

8 was produced through Cape Town-based production company ‘Man Makes a Picture’(with Rolling Thunder) and is the second in a slate of independent features from the company. Their first film, a war drama called “THE RECCE” was released in 2018 and will also be released Worldwide in February 2021.

If you have not watched the movie yet, you need to! Take a look at the trailer below.

Sources: 8 – Instagram
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