South African indie-hit, Bunny Chow, went on theatrical release in the UK as from 21 March. The film opened in London at the ICA Cinemas and will play in Manchester in mid April. It is being distributed by Dogwoof Pictures.
“There are many South Africans in London and the UK – we are hoping they will flock to see quality home grown product,’ says Bunny Chow executive producer, Jeremy Nathan of Dv8 Films, Says director John Barker, “Dogwoof has done a great job of targeting South Africans in London, through TNT and SA Times, and we even have a special bunny chow (hollowed out bread filled with curries, meats and vegetables) partner in Rafiki’s.’
The film is currently available in South Africa on DVD from Ster-Kinekor Home Entertainment (SKHE), and in the USA through the Global Film Initiative. It was released in cinemas in SA by Ster-Kinekor Distribution in March 2007.
Bunny Chow is Barker’s debut feature and follows three friends (played by local comedians David Kibuuka, Kagiso Lediga and Joey Rasdien), on a raucous road-trip to South Africa’s largest music festival, Oppi Koppi. Using the street-food “bunny chow’ as a metaphor for contemporary Johannesburg’s mix of races, cultures and urban attitudes, the film has a decidedly South African flavor and features an original soundtrack by Joburg musicians.
Bunny Chow was executive produced by Dv8 Films and MTV Films Europe, and co-produced by Film I Vast, Republiken Films and SABC2.