No matter how good your Table Manners are, if you land up on the wrong side of the law, it will not help you much!
That is the harsh reality that Megan (Diaan Lawrenson) has to deal with when her fairytale life comes crashing down – all thanks to her husband, Lloyd (Neels van Jaarsveld), who gets arrested for tax fraud, resulting in the family losing everything they own.
Table Manners is a refreshing look at contemporary life in South Africa, where racial barriers no longer exist – a film that has moved on from having to refer back to the Rainbow Nation’s darker history, and rather depicts the true reality of current multi-cultural neighbourhoods and friendships – with the only divide being between the rich and the not-so-rich.
SAFTA Award-winning writer and actress Nkuli Sibeko wrote the script for Table Manners, stating that she was inspired by her own love of cooking and her love for her family when coming up with the storyline for Table Manners. Leli Maki Esq. makes his directorial theatrical debut with the film and in turn drew inspiration for the film’s visual aesthetic from the connection that food has to emotions.
This is the third film from the Jack&Jill Productions company who have enjoyed past successes at both the Durban International Film Festival and the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles.
“The film is about loss, love and finding yourself again through your passions,” says Nkuli Sibeko. “It strongly features just about every kind of love there is…love between a husband and wife, love between a parent and his or her child, love between friends…and then ultimately a love/hate relationship with food.”
Table Manners features a stellar strong female cast, with notable outstanding performances by Diaan Lawrenson and Renate Stuurman. Neels van Jaarsveld, Thabo Malema, Fiona Ramsey and John Lata round off the strong cast.