Apple Culture Films News, , , , — February 25, 2013 12:01 — 2 Comments

Searching for Sugar Man, partly shot on an iPhone, wins Oscar

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Producer Simon Chinn (left) and Malik Bendjellou with their Oscars. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

Sweet success for director Malik Bendjelloul, who walked away with the Best Documentary award in this year’s Oscars ceremony

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Congratulations to Searching for Sugar Man director Malik Bendjelloul for bagging Best Documentary at this year’s Oscars ceremony.

You will recall that when the director ran out of money while making the film he finished shooting with his iPhone 4S using the 8mm vintage camera app.

“I started shooting this on a Super 8 camera, like with film, which is pretty expensive stuff, and completely ran out of money. I really had a very few stuff, it was a very few shots left but I needed those shots. And one day I realised that there was this $1 app here on my iPhone and I tried it and it was basically the same as the real stuff,” he recently told CNN Money.

Searching for Sugar Man is about Sixto Rodriguez, an American folk singer who made it big in apartheid-era South Africa and then vanished. It won the prestigious jury prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, a BAFTA for Best Documentary at this year’s awards and more accolades from the Guldbagge Awards in Sweden, the director’s home country.

“Oh boy, thank you so much,” an ecstatic Bendjelloul said as he accepted his Oscar in at the 85th Academy Awards ceremony, hosted in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

“Thanks to the academy, very very kind, and thanks to one of the greatest singers ever, Rodriguez.”

Bendjelloul’s success follows that of Oldboy director Park Chan-wook, who made Night Fishing entirely on an iPhone and won a Golden Bear award for best short film at the Berlin Film Festival two years ago.

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Tony Myers has written 866 articles for Smart Movie Making

Fooling around with the iPhone since 2010. Taking it to the next web by writing about new media, new technology, new wave cinema and the digital revolution.

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