Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Tsotsi Screening
A Proud moment at INSEAD, unfortunately non-academic again (actually its more appropriately ANTI-Academic) when we had the Tsotsi screening. The Producer PETER FUDAKOWSKI is an INSEAD alum and was with us when we actually were watching the movie as a part of the Africa Week. For those of you like me who didn't know the movie, its an Oscar winner this year. I was quite impressed with the film although I will not watch it a second time (too intense, I prefer stupid comedies with more blondes per man than were found in Tsotsi) . Its amazing how proud individuals are to come back to INSEAD and talk to the MBAs even when you are an overachiever by INSEAD standards. Needless to say the man got an overwhelming round of standing ovation and applause after the movie.

Profile of Peter
In 2003, Peter commissioned Gavin Hood to adapt Athol Fugard's only novel, Tsotsi, as a feature film. Together with his wife Henrietta Fudakowski who worked closely with Gavin as script editor, they produced TSOTSI in South Africa between 2004 and 2005 with funding from the UK Film & TV Production Company plc (of which Peter is CEO), the Industrial Development Corporation of SA, the National Film & Video Foundation of SA, and the co-production services of Paul Raleigh of Moviworld. Peter graduated with a masters degree in Economics from Cambridge University and an MBA from The European Institute for Business Administration, INSEAD, Fontainebleau. But his first love was always for feature films. In 1979 Peter joined the First National Bank of Chicago with the thought that financing features films would be a good place to start his career as a producer. Working in the film financing department, Peter helped fund many an independent American movie over the three years with the bank.

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