SA film selected for Toronto

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Bunny Chow, directed by South African filmmaker John Barker, has been officially selected to participate in the Toronto International Film Festival, running from 7 to 16 September.

The film will have its World Première in the new Vanguard Programme, which showcases films that are stylistically bold, structurally playful and appeal to adventurous, risk-taking audiences. Barker will be one of several innovative new directors that will grace this section.

Other SA films that have been previously selected for Toronto include Tsotsi, Hotel Rwanda, Conversations on a Sunday Afternoon, Yesterday, Max and Mona and Forgiveness.

Both Tsotsi and Hotel Rwanda won the prestigious Toronto Audience Awards in 2004 and 2005 respectively, and went on to Oscar acclaim.

Directed by Barker and written by Barker and David Kibuuka, Bunny Chow follows the raucous and often ridiculous journey of three stand-up comedians as they make their way to a popular SA rock concert, Oppi Koppi. Along the way the audience gets to indulge in their trails and tribulations, and generally unsuccessful attempts at relationships with women. Bunny Chow is a contemporary urban SA tale about young people and their journeys to self discovery, self destruction, self delusion and a good dose of selfishness.

Starring some of SA’s funniest stand-up comedians, Bunny Chow is based on a story by Kibuuka, Barker, Salah Sabiti and Joey Rasdien. Bunny Chow also stars the increasingly popular Kim Engelbrecht. It was produced by Kagiso Lediga and Leanne Callanan of Dog Pack Films and Michelle Wheatley.

The film was co-produced by Film I Vast and Republiken Films in Sweden, where it is currently being completed. The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), SABC 2 and Ster-Kinekor Distribution are also partners on the project.

Bunny Chow will be released locally by Ster-Kinekor Pictures in early 2007. Dv8 Films is handling worldwide sales.


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