Surviving Joburg at The Bioscope

Head to The Bioscope at Arts on Main. Finally made it there on Wednesday night for the screening of Unhinged: Surviving Joburg, Adrian Lovland’s paean to the city. Funny, smart, a little anxiety-provoking in parts — much like the place that inspired it. The movie is a quick A-Z of the city with the youthful Loveland as compassionate navigator and guide to a city that is not always entirely loveable. Continue reading

So is it a Triomf?

#8. Watch Triomf. Michael Raeburn’s filmic evocation of Marlene van Niekerk’s award-winning book Triomf – which premiered* last week – has left me feeling disturbed. Reason one is that it still hurts to drive past that bland suburb called Triomf and recall it was built on the ashes of Joburg’s true historical Bohemia, Sophiatown. Number two is that the book is set at the time of apartheid’s fall (the early 1990s) and is peopled by a poor white incestuous and alcohol-pickled family, ironically the poster children for apartheid racial purity and it’s consequences. These are not people I can find sympathy for. And yet they are depicted as being victims to each other, battered by the very thing that should support and nurture them – family – but instead eats them up alive. In some ways it’s like watching a car accident. Continue reading