Fokofpolisiekar documentary coming to ShowMax ahead of possible new album

2017-01-18 14:15

Cape Town - The critically acclaimed documentary Fokofpolisiekar: Forgive Them For They Know Not What They Do will be available on ShowMax from 23 January 2017. 

This takes place ahead of a planned crowdfunding campaign that could see the band recording their first full-length album in more than a decade.

Filmed over four years, this is the definitive documentary on the cult band that revolutionised the Afrikaans music scene.

Starting in 2003, director Bryan Little from Fly on the Wall chronicled the rise of five friends from Bellville who had the (then) laughable idea of starting an Afrikaans punk band.  

Speaking about the documentary, band member Hunter Kennedy said: "I think Fly on the Wall managed to expertly capture and preserve the spirit of that era. This film is a time machine for me."

The documentary takes the viewer back in time as it captures both a young band trying to make a living from music in South Africa, and a new generation of Afrikaners questioning the culture so closely linked to Apartheid.

On its original release in 2009, the documentary won the Audience Award at Encounters Documentary Festival, screened at the prestigious International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), was released across South Africa in cinemas, and was featured in international media like Dazed.

The documentary also kick-started a number of film careers. Little went on to direct U2’s music video for This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now, while his documentary, African Cypher, won both the Encounters audience award and the Durban International Film Festival jury prize. Editor Wim Steytler moved into directing, winning the CFP-E/Shots Young Director Award at Cannes Lions in 2014. And DOP Grant Appleton has worked as a camera operator on international series likes Homeland and Black Mirror, as well as films like Chronicle.

Watch the trailer here:

Bassist Wynand Myburgh said about bringing the documentary to ShowMax: "Often at shows an 18-year-old fan will come to me stating that he/she watched the documentary and how it has changed his/her life and that this is his/her first Fokof show, etc, etc. This kid was five years old when we released our first EP in 2003. I realised that besides the music, the documentary has given the band legs, given new fans a better insight into the earlier years of Fokof. It is for this reason I contacted Fly On The Wall and got the ball rolling for it to be added to ShowMax, so now everyone can watch it."

To coincide with the release of the documentary, Fokopolisiekar are playing at Hillcrest Quarry in Cape Town on 22 January 2017. The band will also be running a crowdfunding campaign in the coming months, with the goal of recording their first full-length album since 2006, for release later this year.

Watch it on ShowMax from 23 January.

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