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“A natural and the best in her league” actors and directors pay tribute to Anna Louw

Phillipe Telavera, Adriano Visagie, Lize Ehlers and Florian Schott share their memories of working with legendary actress Anna Louw.

Yesterday, the shocking and saddening news of the passing of Anna Louw was confirmed, making those who have worked with the virtuous actress remember her.

Award-winning actress Lize Ehlers says she worked with Anna Louw in Katutura 69 and they had just finished working on a film that will premier next month.
“Anna was one of the best method actors I ever met,” she says.

Director and producer Phillipe Telavera has worked with the late on numerous occasions including Stinky Boy and Now That I Can Talk About It.
“Anna was a natural. She didn’t have to force herself to act, she would transform into the character and bring this character to life. She was generous with other actors – especially younger actors – and would happily help them to improve on their craft. I was so excited when she won the award for best female actress in a movie for our film ‘stinky boy’, back in 2014. She completely deserved it. Anna was her best on a film set and I wished she had been on more productions. I will remember her laugh. Life had not always been kind to her but she was a force of nature and would easily burst out laughing,” he said.

Adriano Visagie says she will remember her by her love for the theatre and always delivering her best beside what forces were working against her.

Filmmaker Florian Schott who is the last director to have worked with Anna Louw on Baxu and the Giants that will premiere next month took to social media with an emotion-filled tribute to the late with the caption

“Rest in Peace Anna Louw! It has been an absolute joy and pleasure knowing you and an honour directing you in your beautiful final performance in ‘Baxu and the Giants’. You will live on in your performances, your films and the people you’ve touched. We will miss you Ouma!!”


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