This makes me all warm and fuzzy inside – if you wanted to know why we live in JHB – ITS TO SURVIVE! It sums up everything we as joburgers see / feel / experience and deal with everyday – it explains why we are so f**ked up / so brilliant / so tough / so pure – Welcome to joburg!
Well done to Adrian Loveland!! I suggest you watch this and then read where you can see the full length!
The Bioscope is proud to launch its first DOC LOVE with a sneak preview of the much anticipated film by Adi Loveland Unhinged: Surviving Joburg. Remember DOC LOVE is the showing of a nearly completed documentary, and so this is the chance to see it first, and help make it better!
And to celebrate this film, and the evening, Joburg fashion label Love Jozi have come on board to make the evening even that much cooler!
Unhinged: Surviving Jo’burg is an honest, quirky (and sometimes manic) documentary-style film about Johannesburg, South Africa’s biggest city and the world’s gateway to southern Africa. With rapid narrative, dry black 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 Jo’burg and provides a unique opportunity for viewers to get a glimpse inside a place that the world has a very fuzzy sense of.
Genre: Guided City Tour/Documentary
The aim of the film is 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 the city, is the slightly eccentric “tour guide”. It’s clear that, although he loves his hometown, it also frustrates and exhausts him – something that fellow Jo’burgers will easily relate to. Insights are provided through a selection of interviews with an engaging group of city residents, including Robbie Brozin (CEO of Nandos), Ferial Haffajee (Editor of the City Press Newspaper), Justice Malala (Political Analyst) and Victor Kgomoeswana (Africa Business Expert).
The main reason for making the film is that Johannesburg has generally either been portrayed in the world’s media as a death trap, or marketed from internally as the ultimate place of gold and opportunity. In reality it lies somewhere in between and although Surviving Jo’burg doesn’t dish up all the answers, it’ll get you closer to the truth than you would have been before watching it.
The film’s biggest attribute is that it reflects the character of Jo’burg, not only through it’s content but also as a product. It will leave you drained, frustrated, confused, excited, sad, angry, positive, hopeful & wanting more – pretty much the same effects that the city itself has on people.