THE GIANT IS FALLING
IN CINEMA FROM 8 MARCH
From Emmy Award Winning filmmaker Rehad Desai, The Giant is Falling takes us through the big political events of recent years that signify the dying days of the ANC in South Africa.
Flamedrop Productions and The Bioscope are proud to bring the country’s best Music Film Festival to Johannesburg this August.
31 July – 2 August.
Fri 31 Jul. 7:30pm. Soaked In Bleach BUY TICKETS
Soaked In Bleach reveals the events behind Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s death as seen through the eyes of Tom Grant, the private investigator that was hired by Courtney Love in 1994 to track down her missing husband only days before his deceased body was found at their Seattle home.
Cobain’s death shocked the world and music industry, and was ruled a suicide by the police (a reported self-inflicted gunshot wound), but doubts have circulated for twenty years as to the legitimacy of this ruling, especially due to the work of Mr. Grant, a former L.A. County Sheriff’s detective, who did his own investigation and determined there was significant empirical and circumstantial evidence to conclude that foul play could very well have occurred.
The film develops as a narrative mystery with cinematic re-creations, interviews with key experts and witnesses and the examination of official artifacts from the 1994 case.
SATURDAY 1 AUGUST
Sat 1 Aug. 5pm. We are Twisted Fucking Sister BUY TICKETS
A decade before their mid-80s “Stay Hungry” album (with hits like “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock”) took the world by storm, legendary glam / shock rock / metal band Twisted Sister were rule breakers that no record company wanted to touch. Some considered Twisted Sister a joke, others called them the greatest bar band in the world.
That Twisted Sister would break out into multi-platinum stardom is well known, but this is no fable of fame and success, no litany of celebrity tributes and fanboy adulation. Rather a smart, savvy and wickedly funny story of a 10 year odyssey to overnight success.
Sat 1 Aug. 8pm. Gogol Bordello Non-Stop BUY TICKETS
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Fusing the instrumental approach of Eastern European gypsy music with the energy and attitude of punk rock, Gogol Bordello is one of the most unusual success stories of pop music in the new millennium, and Eugene Hutz hardly has the background of a typical rock frontman. Born near Kiev in 1972, Hutz and his family fled the Ukraine after the disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986, and they made their way through Eastern Europe as refugees before coming to America in 1990.
Gogol Bordello’s frantic live shows earned the band a loyal following both at home and on the road, and their third album, 2005′s Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike became a major independent success. Filmmaker Margarita Jimeno followed the band on the road for several months, and the result was Gogol Bordello Non-Stop, a documentary which looks at the group’s colorful history and rigorous schedule as well as offering a look at the high-energy live show that’s made them famous.
SUNDAY 2 AUGUST
Sun 2 Aug. 3pm. Stone Cold Jane Austen BUY TICKETS
Stone Cold Jane Austen is a comedy about an English rock band from South Africa trying to break in to the profitable Afrikaans music market … without even being able to speak the language!
“Instant cult classic. Hilarious!” – Carl Booysen
Starring Rob Van Vuuren as Karel, Jon Savage as Johnny, and Kurt Schoonraad as a kak cop. The film also features SA music royalty likeKurt Darren, Fokofpolisiekar, Jack Parow, Randall (from Idols), Die Heuwels Fantasties, Chris Chameleon, Arno Carstens, Parlotones, aKing and a kak load more.
Sun 2 Aug. 5pm. Monsterman BUY TICKETS
This is the story about a boy who wanted to be a monster, leading to the creation of his own persona and his heavy metal band LORDI. Tomi Putaansuu created its fantasy world as a child and still, approaching middle age, lives for the band.
Now five years have passed since their Eurovision Song Contest trophy, the first one ever for Finland. The band have debts of hundreds of thousands euros and even with that big international breakthrough, the public has cooled towards them and even finding gigs seem to be a battle. With band member deaths and quitting the band, things seem tougher than ever…
MONSTERMAN is a moving, real-life dramatic story about keeping your dreams alive after the rise and fall.
Sun 2 Aug. 7pm. Vann “Piano Man” Walls: The Spirit of R&B BUY TICKETS
Do you know what real R&B is?
Vann “Piano Man” Walls: The Spirit of R&B is a film for anyone curious about the origins of Rhythm and Blues. Vann “Piano Man” Walls was one of its pioneers. We follow Vann, and several of his peers, including musicians Dr. John, (Buena Vista Social Club producer) Ry Cooder, Ruth Brown, Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, legendary record producer Jerry Wexler and more as we wade through his adventure of musical history and performance.
From New York City to Montreal the viewer takes an intimate voyage into the studio as Vann produces the final album of a career that spanned more than 65 years. Wrapped around this recording project is the story of his fascinating life and his lasting contribution to a musical form now heard all over the world.