Friday, January 27, 2012
'Unhinged: Surviving Jo'burg' for February edition of iREP-GOETHE Monthly Screening
The Film will be screened fro 2pm on Saturday February 25 at the Nigerian Film Corporation Lagos Liaison Office, Obalende, Ikoyi Lagos (by Radio Nigeria). Gate: FREE
and the world’s gateway to Southern Africa. With rapid narrative, dry humour, trivial factoids, insightful observations and a highly enjoyable soundtrack, the film tells a slice-of-city-life story. It’s a personal video snapshot of today’s city, providing a unique
opportunity for viewers to get a glimpse inside a place that the worldhas a very fuzzy sense of.
The film aims to give the audience a small taste of Johannesburg,using the city itself as the principle character. Adrian Loveland, an entrepreneur who was born and raised in Jo’burg, is the slightly
eccentric tour guide. Insights are provided through a selection of conversations with an engaging group of Jo’burgers, including Robbie Brozin (CEO of Nandos), Ferial Haffajee (editor of the City Press),
Justice Malala (political analyst) and Victor Kgomoeswana (MoneyBiz founder).
Johannesburg has often been portrayed in the world’s media as a death
trap, or marketed as the ultimate place of gold and opportunity. In
reality the city lies somewhere in between and, although Unhinged
doesn’t dish up all the answers, it gives a representation that
enables viewers to get closer to the truth of what Johannesburg really
In some parts the film feels like a documentary and in others a
travelogue. There are also segments, such as when Loveland delivers
his impressions of wild animal calls, which are pure comic relief.
Johannesburg itself is somewhat unhinged and so is this movie.
Unhinged acknowledges the scary aspects of Johannesburg, yet it leaves
the viewer feeling extremely positive and excited by the obvious
energy and potential of a city that has a lot of work ahead. In the
words of Robbie Brozin, one of the most charismatic of the interview
subjects: “You feel like, you’re here, so let’s, like, fix this place.
You can’t fix Paris, you can’t fix London, you can’t fix Sydney, but
you can fix Jo’burg”.
Writer/Director: Adrian Loveland
Producers: Adrian Loveland and Pascal Schmitz
FEMI ODUGBEMI, rpa.
DVWorx Studios & Zuri24 Media,
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