Producer Spotlight – Layla Swart

Layla Swart – Producer of Knuckle City (2019) – is a South African producer who has been involved in a couple of heavy-weight SA films. Her most recent attribute to the film industry – Knuckle City written and directed by Jahmil X.T. Qubeka – has been selected to represent South Africa as the official SA entry into the 2020 best foreign language feature film at the prestigious Academy Awards!

Born in Cape Town, Layla completed her undergraduate degree in Film and Media production at UCT, and continued to complete her post-grad studies in film practice and theory. Today, at the age of 31, Layla is a well-acclaimed South African producer and editor, as well as the co-founder of Yellowbone Entertainment. 2019 Seems to be a great career year for the producer – earlier this year she won her first SAFTA! The Youth Achievement award for young successful filmmakers sponsored by Ster-Kinekor.

Knuckle City follows the journey of a has-been aging and troubled boxer – Dudu Nyakama. It premiered at the 2019 Durban international film festival, and was also officially selected to be screened at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival under the ‘Contemporary World Cinema’ category. This South African crime thriller is director Jahmil X.T. Qubeka’s fourth feature film, and his second feature to be put forth as South Africa’s submission to the Oscars – the first being Sew The Winter To My Skin in 2018. Both films were produced by Layla under Yellowbone Entertainment.