02 May 2019, Alumni of the week

South African film lovers have the opportunity to see AFDA Johannesburg multi-award winning Live Performance alumna, Antoinette Louw at cinemas nationwide starring in the film “An Act of Defiance” – The story of Bram Fischer”. Before the film premiered in cinemas Antoinette picked up the Best Actress Award at the Cape Town International Film Festival 2017 for her role in the film.

Antoinette studied drama at the University of the Free State and received her degree cum laude in 1996. In her third year she tried her hand as producer and director of the play, “The Woman Who Cooked her Husband”, a black comedy by the British playwright Debbie Issit. The production was invited to perform in London at the Courtyard Theatre. During her studies she was also awarded the André du Plessis award for best second year drama student, South African Theatre Journal award for best third year drama student, Elsa Krantz award for best drama student 1994-1996, UOFS Merit Bursary for Arts and Culture, UOFS Honorary Colours for Arts and Culture.

Antoinette returned to South Africa after a few months in London and went on to study film acting at AFDA. While at AFDA she landed the lead in the M-Net short film, “Skidmarks” and was awarded both the AFDA and M-Net Awards for Best Film Actress for her role as “Stacey”, a second rate beauty queen.

After graduating she took a break from the entertainment industry for a couple of years. On her return to South Africa, Antoinette decided to do that which she loved best: acting and writing. Shortly after her arrival in Johannesburg, she landed the role of “Inge van Schalkwyk” in 7de Laan. Aside from being one of the regular cast on 7de Laan, Louw has also played the roles of “Candy” on the series Die Netwerk, “Denise” on Jacob's Cross and “Sandra” on Binnelanders.

Antoinette has also played the leading roles in the theatre plays “Women of Troy”, “The Women who Cooked her Husband”, “Rudely Stamped”, Engele Soner Vlerke”, “Die Trommel”, “Simple Bloody Simon”, “Afspraak” and “Dis ek Anna”.

In 2014 she won a SAFTA award for her role in Deon Meyer’s “Die Laaste Tango” as well as a nomination for best actress in the Afrikaans short film “Totsiens Pa”.

Antoinette also starred in the Afrikaans feature film “‘n Man Soos My Pa”, playing a sensational role as the character “Nakkie”.

Antoinette’s most recent lead role is on the South African film “Die Verhaal van Racheltjie De 
Beer” due for release later this year. She also recently starred in the multi award winning films “Axis Mundi”, “Sew My Winter Skin” and “Nul Is Nie Niks Nie”.

Here is a rather long list of Antoinette’s nominations and awards:

NOMINATED BEST ACTRESS AT SILWERSKERM FESTIVAL 2018 FOR AXIS MUNDI
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ATKV-MEDIAVEERTJIE AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS IN SWARTWATER

CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL FILM MARKET & FESTIVAL AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS IN ACT OF DEFIANCE.

NOMINATED FOR BEST ACTRESS AT SILWERSKERMFEES 2017 FOR VOOR EK VAL.

NOMINATED FOR AN ATKV WOODVEERTJIE FOR THE BEST NEW AFRIKAANS SCRIPT FOR AMPER, VRYSTAAT 2016

NOMINATED FOR FI?STA AWARD FOR BEST NEW CREATED WORK FOR AMPER, VRYSTAAT (WRITER, PRODUCER)

NOMINATED FOR FI?STA AWARD FOR BEST PRODUCTION 2016 FOR AMPER, VRYSTAAT (WRITER, PRODUCER)

BEST DEBUT PRODUCTION 2015 AT FREE STATE ARTS FESTIVAL FOR AMPER, VRYSTAAT (WRITER, PRODUCER)

SILWERSKERMFEES NOMINATION FOR BEST ACTRESS FOR SHORT FILM TOTSIENS, PA

SAFTA AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS IN FEATURE FILM, DIE LAASTE TANGO 
AFDA AWARD FOR BEST FILM ACTRESS

M?NET AWARD FOR BEST FILM ACTRESS

ELSA KRANTZ AWARD FOR BEST DRAMA STUDENT

AFDA is the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, and is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate no. 2001/HE07/012.

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