a film by Stephen Abbott
11 min - 2015 - South Africa
A friendly waitress Susan works a double at an everyday Cape Town restaurant, deftly serving gluttons and WASPs, hipsters and high-tippers, racists and lechers. With some effort she maintains both wit and service in the face of obnoxious customers—until a lousy tip gets the better of her.
Stephen graduated from Wits University with an honours degree in Drama in 2004, and has since worked as a film and television writer, director and editor. In 2005 he co-founded Stealth Donkey Moving Pictures.
In 2009 Stephen was selected as part of Focus Features’ Africa First programme. DIRTY LAUNDRY, the resulting short film he co- wrote and directed is a dark comedy about a guy trying to get his washing done. The short won both the best South African short film and best short film awards at the 31st Durban International Film Festival, as well as the SAFTA for best short film.
In 2013 he directed new seasons of Takalani Sesame, the legendary children’s television show. His first feature film TREE OF CROWS has completed development and is seeking finance.
His new short film LAZY SUSAN tells a bittersweet tale of waitress at an everyday restaurant, and is hitting the festival circuit from early 2015.
CrewDirected by: Stephen Abbott
Produced by: Dylan Voogt, Stephen Abbott - Stealth Donkey
Cast: Chi Mhende, Carel Nel, Siv Ngesi, Shamilla Miller