There's a price on her head. And her limbs.
Mansa, an African woman with albinism, has had her arm hacked off by Natron the witchdoctor in the name of witchcraft. Robbed of her security, career and dignity, Mansa now hunts Natron in a bid to confront him and seek her revenge.
Genre: Drama, Short
Writer and Director: Luke Bradford
Producers: Jackie Sheppard & Luke Walton
Production Company: Reel Issue Films
Length: 17m, 29s
Technical Info: Digital, 2:35, colour
Screening Formats: DCP, ProRes 4444, ProRes 422, Quicktime, MP4
Refilwe Modiselle is a South African model and entertainer born in Rockville, Soweto, and the country's first professional fashion model with albinism. She started her modelling career at the age of 13 when she was approached by Y! magazine.
She also appeared as a runway model in 2005 for South African designer David Tlale, making her the first model with albinism to appear on a runway in South Africa. Modiselle has also had some experience in the music industry, where she performed as a backing vocalist for South African singer Keabetswe 'KB' Motsilanyane while in school. She was nominated to the Oprah Magazine 2013 Power List, and began an acting career. She uses the nickname Vanillablaq in social media.
Luke has filmed in over 30 countries, worked with diverse cultures and witnessed some extremes of life. These experiences and a passion for social awareness have shaped his storytelling – bold, surprising narratives that leave audiences thinking and wanting more.
In July 2019 Luke directed the second unit for Marcella series three starring Anna Friel for ITV and Netflix. He was given 35 scenes with lead cast across five episodes to be broadcast in 2020.
Along with producing partner in Footprint Films Mark Blaney, Jackie Sheppard has been a consultant to The Pitch Film Fund since its inception. She has produced each of the Pitch winning films alongside Pitch director, Luke Walton. As well as producing numerous short films for The Pitch, Jackie has produced the African-set feature films Escape from Pretoria (starring Daniel Radcliffe, Daniel Webber and Ian Hart) and the children’s adventure story Africa United.
Luke Walton is director of The Pitch Film fund and has produced more than 15 short films with RIF (Reel Issues Films). Since 2008, The Pitch has focused on developing emerging talent, adding additional benefits for participants including residential film study courses. The film fund has hubs in the UK and South Africa. Luke’s background is in acting and he was the voice of Hugglegrabber in Early Man, directed by Nick Park. He has degrees in both law and theology.