Verster retrospective at The Bioscope


Johannesburg’s independent cinema, The Bioscope, will screen a retrospective of films by Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Francois Verster from 21 to 23 October.

Verster’s films all have an undercurrent theme of social injustice, with people picking up the pieces of their lives. He chooses to build up a relationship with his protagonists, always allowing his audience a very intimate and empathetic look into their hearts and homes. Despite severe budget constraints, Verster documents their lives, often over a number of years, and is always involved with his protagonist’s past and well being, just as much as he is with their future.

The Bioscope programme includes the Emmy Award winning A Lion’s Trail, as well as his acclaimed debut, Pavement Aristocrats. Other Verster films to screen are When the War is Over, Sea Point Days, and The Mother’s House.

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