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While You Weren't Looking (2015)

The story outlines the lives of the gay and lesbian experience and relationships in a contemporary South Africa.


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Credited cast:
Camilla Waldman Camilla Waldman ... Terri (as Camilla Lilly Waldman)
Sandi Schultz ... Dez
Fezile Mpela Fezile Mpela ... Joe Thulo
Lionel Newton Lionel Newton ... Mack
Petronella Tshuma Petronella Tshuma ... Asanda
Thishiwe Ziqubu Thishiwe Ziqubu ... Shado
Tina Jaxa Tina Jaxa ... Milly Thulo
Jill Levenberg Jill Levenberg ... Yasmin
Terence Bridgett Terence Bridgett ... Tiny
Pascual Wakefield Pascual Wakefield ... Greg
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sibongile Mlambo ... Female student
Malefane Mosuhi Malefane Mosuhi ... Gift
A.J. van der Merwe A.J. van der Merwe
June van Merch June van Merch


WHILE YOU WEREN'T LOOKING is an original story, set in Cape Town. The protagonists are gay and lesbian, from all walks of life, whose intertwining tales present a humourous, inventive and dramatic take on contemporary life in South Africa. It is through the eyes and experiences of a cross-section of queers - black, white and coloured, cruisy singles, married couples with children, city and township dwellers, apartheid survivors and born frees, professionals and skollies - that we see the South African contemporary landscape unfold.

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lesbian | gay | tommy boy | See All (3) »





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English | Xhosa | Afrikaans

Release Date:

28 October 2015 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Amíg nem figyeltél See more »

Filming Locations:

Cape Town, South Africa


Box Office


ZAR 8,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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The movie was funded by the NLDTF (National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund) and rebated by the DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) See more »

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Contemporary South African Movie Excellence
25 October 2015 | by quattrocavelliSee all my reviews

There was a time, not too distant, when SA movies were not much more than lame copy-cat material. Those days are gone! And While You Weren't Looking truly shows that SA film makers have found their own authentic voice. And thank heavens for that too, as the movies made by others (mostly American as it happens) are unfortunate - Amercans are best at telling their own stories and now at long last, i can say Soth Africans are best at telling their own.

Absolutely everything in this movie is excellent IMO. The directing is fresh and convincing, the way the story is introduced, told and edited - totally fresh and convincing. The cast is superb too - am hugely impressed by the level of acting, world class IMO.

The cinema photography is SO fine.... Damn!!! And the music...Now I've gotta have this soundtrack!!!

Also the choice of locations, and those marvelous street scenes filmed in winter; and the dusk & dawn scenes - all quite heartbreakingly beautiful. And the wardrobe and styling is spot on too.

This is a movie I want to buy so I can re-watch it many times. A High Five to everyone involved in this uniquely SA work of Art!!!

PS: you don't have to be gay to appreciate this movie. The story is much bigger than that.

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