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SAFM interview with director Stephen Abbott

Stephen chats about Dirty Laundry following the film’s awards at the Durban International Film Festival (8-minutes).

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Dirty Laundry wins at DIFF!

Fantastic news! Dirty Laundry ♥ Durban!

Best South African short film
Best short film

Short film jury Zandile Thembe, Andile Ntimbane & Jerry Pooe had this to say:

“With a fresh storyline and strong acting, this is a colourful and humorous mini-snapshot of the ‘dirty laundry’ of ordinary South Africans”

32nd Durban International Film Festival

Production stills

Three frames from the film.

Behind the scenes

Fourteen pictures of four nights filming.

About Stephen Abbott: writer/director

Stephen is a writer, director, photographer and editor. He likes travel, coffee, stories, mountains, movies, music, and some other things.

He studied acting and film at Wits University, graduating in 2004. Since then he has been engaged in the South African film and television industry as a writer, director and editor. In 2005 Stephen co-launched a small film, television and video production company named Stealth Donkey Moving Pictures.

In 2009, Stephen was selected as part of Focus Features’ Africa First programme. Dirty Laundry, the resulting short film, is a dark comedy about a guy trying to get his washing done. In 2011, Dirty Laundry received both the best South African short film and best short film awards at the 32nd Durban International Film Festival.

In 2011, Stephen is writing a feature screenplay as part of the NFVF’s development funding programme.

Stephen is known for his uncompromising devotion to quality and is firmly committed to the development and progression of a loyal film culture in Southern Africa. He’s also been known to make a fine caffe latte.

About Eduan van Jaarsveldt: writer/producer

Eduan graduated from Wits university in 2004. In 2005 he co-launched a film, television and video production company, Stealth Donkey Moving Pictures. Since then he has worked in the South African entertainment industry as a writer, director, producer and actor.

Eduan has acted in many feature films including Tsotsi, Catch a Fire, Goodbye Bafana, Triomf and Jozi, as well as various South African TV dramas. In 2007 he was jointly responsible for the creation of the Cliff Jennings Living the Dream marketing campaign for Idols SA. Eduan sees his future in the film industry as primarily a writer and creative producer. His creative strengths centre around performance and in-depth character development.

It is rumoured that Eduan makes a killer grill cheese sandwich.

About the film

Dirty Laundry is a 15-minute short film, one of five selected as part of the Focus Features Africa First program for 2010. It tells the story of one guy who just wants to get his washing done.


It’s 1:08AM and Roger is doing his laundry at The Wishy Washy. For Roger this is merely routine, but tonight there’s something strange in the laundromat’s water.

Before the night is out Roger will be abused by a middle-aged philandering businessman, subjected to severe scrotal attack by a short angry man, mistaken for a B-grade spy in a bathrobe, severely beaten, and finally scowled at by amorous teenagers.

And all Roger wanted was a 40-degree rinse and a mild spin cycle.

Dirty Laundry

Produced by Stealth Donkey Moving Pictures.

In association with the National Film and Video Foundation.

Made with the support of the Focus Features Africa First Program. Kisha Cameron-Dingle, program director.

Cast and Crew

DIrected by Stephen Abbott
Produced by Eduan van Jaarsveldt


Bryan van Niekerk
James Ngcobo
Mncedisi Shabangu
Carl Beukes
Antony Coleman
Craig Palm
Anthony Bishop
James Reynolds
Dominika Novak

Casting Director Moonyeenn Lee (MLA)
Written by Stephen Abbott & Eduan van Jaarsveldt

Director of photography Russell Campbell
Sound recordist Tony Honeybun
Gaffer Daniel Albertse
Focus puller Bernin Isaacs
Production designer Orly Shapiro
Spark and grip assistant Mlungisi Dube
Camera assistant Marie Zahir
DIT Cindy Campbell
Behind the scenes Justin Henning

Edited by Stanley M. Agnew
Sound design Guy Steer