We’re not the only ones that dug this film. ‘Boni & Wes’ was awarded the Grand Prix prize at the 2020 CICLOPE Africa awards and Best of Craft in the IDIDTHAT Craft Awards #BOOM
IDIDTHAT Craft Awards’ guest judge, Suhana Gordhan, ECD at FCB Joburg at the time (now ECD at Duke Group), had this to say about the film: “This is a hard story to tell because in many ways it’s still a protest story in this country, and in the world. I think it’s remarkable to be able to do protest in a gentle and tender way. Every choice made by the directors – from the way the narration overlays the story, to the quiet yet confrontational intimacy to the mingling of moments of light and shade – makes this film really powerful, effortlessly honest, and beautiful.”
Q: ‘Boni & Wes’ feels so real, like we’re taking a look into their real lives. How did you achieve that?
Helen: So much of Boni Mnisi and Wesley Leal is in this film. We based so many scenes on photographs they had of themselves or art they liked. So much of the film was built from their life, their home, their clothes. We needed it to be very personal and lived in. That’s our sweet spot as filmmakers, we are always looking for details like that and how to build on the story while balancing it with visuals.
Kim: The fact that they trusted us with their story meant so much to us and we didn’t want to f*ck it up. We wanted to make them proud.