While You Weren't Looking

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Pink Apple Best Feature Film Audience Award
South Africa led the world with its all embracing Constitution, granting homosexuals unprecedented freedoms and rights. This feature, produced by The Out In Africa Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, takes a look at South Africa through the lives and experiences of a cross section of Cape Town queers.

Twenty years into the New South Africa ageing academic Mack looks for Salute, the young freedom fighter he sheltered and loved. Salute has moved on, he is Joe, married and with a child, rising in government and Party structures.

Dez and Terri, a mixed-race couple married 20 years and adoptive parents, they are the trailblazing lesbians of the New South Africa. But, have these freedoms guaranteed them happiness?

Asanda, their 18 year old adopted daughter, is the poster child for South Africa’s diversity but describes herself as “an experiment”, being made up as she goes along. She meets Shado, an enigmatic Tommy Boy from Khayalitsha, a township on the edge of Cape Town, and a different picture of the New South Africa emerges.

Beautifully shot on locations in and around Cape Town in 24 days, with a stellar South African cast and a line up of great local music, this Out In Africa G&LFF production is funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund with additional support from the Department of Trade and Industry and a small grant from The Other Foundation.

Sharon Jackson

While You Weren’t Looking – Co-executive Producer

Sharon Jackson graduated from the University of Life with an Honours Degree in the Art of Making a Plan. Sharon is a jack of all trades and master of some – she has travelled the world, worked in a multitude of different jobs which have included running a B&B, UK Law (10 years), busking, singing, painting & decorating, catering, gardening, production of Documentary and Gay & Lesbian Film Festivals (12 years), seminars, film master classes, filmmaking workshops – she has worked on short films, documentaries, feature films and TV commercials in various capacities. Sharon is the co-Executive Producer of While You Weren’t Looking – her other roles on this feature film included Production Coordinator, Driver, Runner, Chaperone, Locations, Tea & Coffee maker, Shoulder to Cry On. Sharon completed a Wildlife filmmaking course but her need to rescue helpless creatures and her horror at the prospect of things being eaten by other things prevented her from pursuing this passion full time.