HIV Edutainment: PEPFAR-Supported TV Drama Scoops Seven Awards

4play: Sex Tips For Girls follows the lives and loves of thirty-something year old Amira, Danny, Nox & Noma in contemporary Johannesburg, South Africa. Their characters are played by Tiffany Jones, Xolile Tshabalala, Mbali Maphumulo & Kgomotso Christoph

PEPFAR-supported award winning production 4Play: Sex Tips for Girls raised the ante in local television drama when it scooped seven awards including the Best TV Drama Series at the 2013 South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs).

4Play: Sex Tips for Girls is a South African television drama series produced by Quizzical Pictures in partnership with USAID JHU HIV Programme South Africa with funding from PEPFAR.

The drama series deals with the realities of life for four thirty- something year old South African women living in Johannesburg and how they go about finding love, sex and relationships.

“We are very excited about how well this production has done as this is testament of the quality of the programme and achieves the underlying objective of entertaining audiences and at the same time educating and informing them on sex, love, and HIV,” said JHHESA Deputy Director, Lusanda Mahlasela.

Quizzical Pictures Managing Director, Harriet Gavshon said she was extremely proud about 4Play receiving so many awards.

“This is a great honour and recognition for 4play, a series which was written and directed by women for women. Quizzical is dedicated to creating more opportunities for female creatives to showcase their talents in the film and television industry. We congratulate all of this year’s amazing winners.”

The etv drama series received the following awards: best TV drama series (Quizzical Pictures); best director (Amanda Lane); best supporting actor (Pallance Dladla); best actress (Tiffany Jones-Barbuzano); best writing team (Minky Schlesinger, Gillian Beslin, Rosalind Butler and Busisiwe Ntintili); best wardrobe of a TV drama series (Rochelle Selling) and best make-up (Minuche Snyman).

“The entire team – from production and crew to cast – worked tirelessly to deliver a show that resonates with South Africans and the accolades received pay tribute to this’, says Monde Twala, Channel Head.