Grahamstown Reviewed: We love Mondays

2008-07-03 11:40
Voice in the Dark
Director: Vincent Cox
There's something about the dead that brings out a voice of appeasement in the living. Perhaps out of respect, perhaps out of fear but we dare not say the film starring the late Lucky Dube was a B-grade flop of a thriller. Well, political correctness aside Voice in the Dark was good mainly as proof that Lucky should have stuck to music. The value of this film is not found where you'd usually look for signs of cinematic brilliance. It lies in the fact that Lucky is brought to life again on the silver screen. And Vincent Cox made a good decision in squeezing as many Dube songs as he could into this oh-so-nineties film.
- Natalie Sineke

Bar Flies
Choreography: Roslyn Wood-Morris Performers: Gerhard Bester, Craig Morris, Rayzelle Sham
Great physical theatre with a good mix of pretty funny comedy. You'll find delight in the velvety motions, sexy movements and enticing gestures of each dancer as the performers exercise amazing control of their limbs while executing tricky routines – whether they're teetering on the edge of tables, balancing on stools or just simply untangling themselves from one another. And while the production is technically almost flawless, the theatrical part is also pure gold. It's peppered with comedic morsels, and if you've ever visited a bar before you'll either recognize yourself or someone you know in one of the three characters.
- Megan Kakora DRAMA
Bantu Ghost - a stream of (black) unconsciousness
Directed by Bobby Rodwell
This production, in which the speaker's words are illustrated with dance and movement, is not for the light hearted or air headed. Its message come with power, wisdom and insight from hailed black thinkers such as Biko, Cesaire, Fanon and Gwala (among others). It strikes you in the heart, and speaks such truth about the state of black consciousness that it becomes difficult to take it all in. That is its only flaw. It's a production that should be seen more than once to be truly understood, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Bantu Ghost will enlighten you, but it can't be taken lightly.
- Natalie Sineke

Gifting it
Directed by Renea Roberts (2002)
This documentary is a rudimentary exploration of the Burning Man festivals in the Black Rock Desert. Though relatively straight-laced, it's worth watching it to get the vibe before you attend Africa Burns in October 2008.
- Megan Kakora

Overheard in Grahamstown

"Oh my God oh my God oh my God oh my GOD!" - Drunk girl with highlights.

Non sec quitter
"I can't believe you're walking." - Guy to woman sitting at a table in the Rat & Parrot.

Too much info!
"I didn't want to try to touch her boob." - Fresh-faced beer-drinking dude. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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