New mockumentary takes a swipe at local politics

2016-07-12 21:00

Cape Town - John Barker’s new film Wonder Boy for President, starring comedy heavyweight, Kagiso Lediga opens in cinemas nationwide on 29 July.

The film, which mocks the freaky state of South African politics, tells the story of Wonder Boy, a charismatic and authoritative young man from the Eastern Cape, who is coerced into running for president by two dubious and corrupt characters. Their aim is to mould him into a great politician and then manufacture his downfall at the right time, for the right price.

But Wonder Boy proves to be everything that people say of him: magnetic, convincing and loved. He’s also committed to improving the lives of everyday people in South Africa. 

Against this backdrop of political chaos, Wonder Boy falls for the official opposition's Mbali Sithole. When their romance is exposed by ruthless journalist Kerry Mercer, things start to fall apart for the people’s hero.

Watch the trailer here:

Wonder Boy for President pulls no punches and packs in the laughs throughout,” says Barker. “The film is a hard-hitting and deeply funny political satire that delves into political dynamics and the challenges unique to the crazy world of South African politics.”

Cast members include: Thishiwe Ziqubu, John Vlismas, Akin Omotoso and Loyiso Gola as himself.

President Jacob Zuma, Julius Malema, Mmusi Maimane, Floyd Shivambu, Cyril Ramaphosa, Zwelinzima Vavi, Helen Zille, and Zapiro also make appearances. 

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