TIFF 2017: High Fantasy

Jenna Bass’s latest film, High Fantasy, is a fascinating glimpse into the lives of South Africa’s multi-cultural youth. Appearing as a sort of homemade travelogue, High Fantasy is filmed as if collected from a group of friends’ various iPhones and then officially edited together afterwards.

As High Fantasy quickly toggles from frame to frame, different characters take turns holding the camera – freshly capturing multiple viewpoints. In turn, the stage is set for an intricate examination about race, gender, sexuality, identity, and mentality – all filmed against the extra-terrestrial landscapes of the Northern Cape.

If the themes involved were handled differently, we’d be looking at a potentially clichéd outcome. Instead, the film directly confronts the legacy of South Africa’s complex history and system. With a sci-fi twist.


High Fantasy is making its World Premiere at TIFF 2017. Information about the film and its showtimes can be found on the festival website.


Posted on September 8, 2017, in 2017, Daniel H Reed, Film, General, movie review, movies, review, sci-fi, science fiction, Toronto and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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