Cape of Good Hope (film)

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The Cape of Good Hope
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Directed byMark Bamford
Written byMark Bamford
Suzanne Kay
StarringDebbie Brown
Eriq Ebouaney
Nthati Moshesh
CinematographyLarry Fong
Release date
Running time
107 mins
CountrySouth Africa
United States

The Cape of Good Hope is a 2004 South African comedy drama film written and produced by Suzanne Kay and Mark Bamford under the direction of Mark Bamford. It was Mark Bamford's first feature film after his critically praised short, Hero (2001).

The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival in 2004.


Afrikaner Kate runs a Cape Town animal shelter, is involved with a married man, and is oblivious to the romantic attentions of Morne, a local veterinarian. The shelter's East Indian receptionist Sharifa is desperately struggling to have a child with her husband. Meanwhile, Congolese handyman Jean Claude finds himself torn between his growing love for a black South African single mother and his dreams of emigrating to Canada.



  • Austin Film Festival, 2004 - Won, Audience award: Best Narrative Feature-Undistributed; Mark Bamford
  • Austin Film Festival, 2004 - Won, Feature Film Award: Best Narrative Feature; Mark Bamford
  • National Board of Review, USA, 2005 - Won, Special Recognition: For Excellence on Filmmaking
  • Image Awards, 2006 - Nominated, Image Award: Outstanding Independent or Foreign Film

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