October 27, 2005

Young genius inspires South African director

By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - South African director
Gavin Hood, coming off the acclaimed feature "Tsotsi," has
signed on to direct "Prodigy," the true story of an 11-year-old
college graduate.

The story centers on math prodigy Adragon De Mello, who
began a new life after college, enrolling in the seventh grade
under an assumed name. The independently produced movie, based
on an Esquire magazine article, follows the boy's relationship
with his volatile father, a genius in his own right.

Hood is aiming for a sprint start. He became a hot
commodity when "Tsotsi," a film he directed and adapted from a
novel, won the audience award and best film at the Edinburgh
Film Festival as well as the People's Choice Award at the
Toronto International Film Festival. The movie, about a
gangster who steals a car and finds an infant in the back seat,
was chosen as South Africa's official entry for the 2005
Academy Award for best foreign-language film.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter