Private Project

This Side of Fabulous

‘This Side of Fabulous’ is a revelatory, humorous and life affirming look into the infectious and extraordinary World of Belly Dancing as it beguiles, empowers, liberates and unites women of all kinds.

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  • Joy Sapieka
  • Tim Wege
  • Joy Sapieka
  • Patricia-Anne Swartz-Goliath
    Key Cast
  • Cherie Beedles
    Key Cast
  • Penelope Tainton
    Key Cast
  • Melelanie Hurter
    Key Cast
  • Michelle de Bruyn
    Key Cast
  • Tenille Lindeque
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Dance, Women
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    South Africa
  • Country of Filming:
    South Africa
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Director Biography - Joy Sapieka, Tim Wege

Joy Sapieka has worked as a publicist in Film and Television for over twenty-five years. She has also produced films for TV such as Anner House for RTE (Ireland) and the Voorkamer Fes for RTN1 (Netherlands). This Side of Fabulous is her first film as a director.

As a publicist her extensive, distinguished international credits include over forty feature films and thirty television films and series including Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe award-winning productions i.e. American Beauty, Road to Perdition, East is East, Tsotsi, Queer as Folk and Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency. She was Sam Mendes’ personal publicist for six years and has also worked with acclaimed directors Stephen Daldry, Paul Greengrass, Anthony Minghella, Gavin Hood and Mira Nair. A keen promoter of the indigenous film industry, her African slate as a publicist include amongst others, Tsotsi, District 9, White Wedding, Queen of Katwe, Democrats, Beats of the Antonov and Rafiki.

For the last ten years she has been part of the Encounters South Africa International Documentary Festival team and has been involved in the promotion of the African Screen Network since its inception. She was Senior Publicist (Africa) for Al Jazeera TV Network from 2012-2017. Joy has been invited to run Marketing, Distribution and Producing Master Classes and Workshops at AFDA, UCT Film School, City Varsity, SAE and KZN Film Commission and has acted as an adviser to numerous local film initiatives. Joy managed the South African and African launch and Press Campaign of Black Panther for the Walt Disney Company. Black Panther which to date has been the #1 box office hit of all time on the Continent.

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