Item - JOHNNY IS NIE DOOD NIE

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JOHNNY IS NIE DOOD NIE

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  • 2017 (Creation)

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102 mins
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Director: Christiaan Olwagen: South Africa, 2017
Producer: Elmarie Botha, Herman Binge and Saartjie Botha for Lion’s Head Productions in co-operation with kykNET and the DTI and Arco Equity Partners; distributed by SterKinekor Entertainment
Writer: Christiaan Olwagen
Language: Afrikaans with English subtitles
In the year 2002, four friends are having a reunion on the Sunday after rock singer Johannes Kerkorrel's suicide. They reminisce about their days as students during the time of the Voëlvry tour when music became the soundtrack to their sexual and political awakening. Even when the Bush War wreaked havoc in their lives, they stayed saturated in the protest songs of Kerkorrel, Koos Kombuis and Bernoldus Niemand. Now, they have become disillusioned suburbanites. The death of their varsity friend Johnny remains a mystery, and still haunts all four of them, even after all these years. Touching on friendship, betrayal, sexual and political awakening, this film is as layered and nuanced as any of the theatre work Olwagen has worked on over the years and bodes well for his film career.

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