The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is one of the most important short film institutions anywhere in the world. And every year after the festival, a special package of films travels to independent cinemas around the world.
Eternity is the documentary portrait of an eccentric Australian icon. Arthur Stace endured a grueling bout with alcoholism, and then – upon attaining sobriety – spent 40 years of his life inscribing the word “eternity” on the streets of Sydney. It’s believed that this iconic unchanging mark, was written about half a million times on Sydney pavements during the 1950s and ’60s.
Made in the late Nineties, Classic South African Graffiti Doc “Overspray” explores issues within graffiti (Is it vandalism? Is it art? Or is it a competition between street artists determined to outdo one another and colour the city theirs?) and documents the struggle for dominanace between Capetonian graffiti legends Falko, Sky-1 and Wealz-130, each the leader of an established graffiti crew. It follows the build-up to the final face-off, a huge hip-hop event and introduces us to both experienced writers that make a living through their art and those that illegally bomb the streets with their signatures.
The screening will be followed by a discussion with artists Rasty (JHB) and visiting artist Solo One (UK)