SA film Durban Poison to screen at Jozi Film Festival only?
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 10:50
Durban Poison poster
This weekend’s screening of award-winning film Durban Poison at Jozi Film
Festival (JFF) may be the only opportunity to see the highly-acclaimed production in
a South African cinema as no local distribution has been confirmed by the film’s
producers, the Karoo Film Company.
Durban Poison, written and directed by Andrew Worsdale, won Best South
African Feature Film at the 34th Durban International Film Festival in 2013, and
has screened at the Busan, London, Goa, Calabar and Dubai International Film
Festivals. In March, it will be in competition at the Luxor African Film Festival in
Worsdale says, “It’s a major challenge and expense to release any film, besides
Hollywood products, in the South African marketplace. I hope we can raise the
finance needed to allow a release, as the response from local audiences at our
few screenings last year at Durban Film Fest and kykNET’s Silwerskermfees was
“The movie is distinctly South African, and a play on a genre moviegoers know so
well but just haven’t ever really seen in the local context. People really liked it,
but because it doesn’t fit into a demographic box for South African film –
inspirational Karoo romance, Afrikaans teen comedy, racial slapstick going as
rainbow fun, gangster films or political histories – the distributors and everybody
else get cold feet and reckon maybe it’s just safer to skip a cinema release,
where there’s no precedent for a so-called risky film like this.”
Concludes Worsdale: “Added to this is the local audience’s docile attitude to
going out to see movies which in turn affects the speed that word of mouth can
help the film. Often a movie just needs another week of positive word of mouth
to allow it a run. If a local movie doesn’t leap out of the starting gate, it won’t
see a second week.”
The film screens at JFF at 20h00 at Killarney Cine Centre where Worsdale and
actor Brandon Auret will introduce the movie.
A killer romance Twenty seven years after Andrew Worsdale’s first film Shot Down was banned in
South Africa, the writer and director’s movie Durban Poison won Best South
African Feature Film at the Durban International Film Festival in July..