‘Searching for Sugar Man’ documentary revealed as a Nominee for a Bafta and an Oscar

11 January 2013

It was announced yesterday, Thursday 10 January 2013, that the much-lauded music documentary ‘Searching for Sugar Man’, about American singer-songwriter Rodriguez, has been nominated for an Oscar in the Documentary Feature category.

The film follows the efforts of two South African music lovers in discovering the story behind Rodriguez’ untold fame in South Africa and his disappearance from the music scene all together.

Released in 2012, the film won critical acclaim with the Special Jury Prize and the Audience Award for Best International Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival 2012; then going on to win further international film awards. In addition to an Oscar nomination, the documentary has been nominated for a Bafta in the Best Documentary category.

Says Mariëtte Du Toit-Helmbold, Cape Town Tourism CEO; “The documentary is a great showcase of Cape Town’s most iconic landmarks like Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, Camps Bay, the city scape and the ocean road alongside the Twelve Apostles.  Viewers are transported to a beautiful Cape Town – a city where inspirational and soulful people work and play. The international screening and distribution of the film is leading to tremendous international exposure for Cape Town and we are very excited about the Oscar nomination. ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ is putting Cape Town firmly in the hearts and minds of filmgoers across the world.”

Rodriguez will be playing a series of concerts in South Africa in February 2013.

For further information, please contact Skye Grove, Cape Town Tourism PR and Communications Manager, +27 21 487 6800, email skye@capetown.travel or see www.capetown.travel.

Released for Cape Town Tourism by Rabbit in a Hat Communications, Tammy White, +27 21 448 9705, +27 73 202 5041, tammy@rabbitinahat.co.za.

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