The Suit


Based on the acclaimed short story by banned South African journalist Can Themba, "The Suit" is set in 1950s Sophiatown, Johannesburg, against the backdrop of the apartheid regime’s forced removals under the Group Areas Act. "The Suit" tells the story of Philemon who discovers his wife, Matilda, in bed with a lover. The lover flees, leaving behind his suit. Philemon devises a cruel punishment, forcing Matilda to treat the suit as a guest who must eat with them, go on walks and accompany them to church. The story is a powerful metaphor for the impact of oppression on personal relationships.


Cast & Crew

Director: Jarryd Coetsee
Writer: Jarryd Coetsee
Producer: Luke Sharland
Cinematographer: Briony Sam Macleod

Principal Cast:
Tony Award-winner John Kani (as Mr. Maphikela)
Atandwa Kani (as Philemon)
Phuthi Nakene (as Matilda)