KNYSNA ENTERTAINMENT NEWS - In association with The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival, the 2020 Garden Route International Film Festival ‘GRIFF’, is showcasing an exclusive screening of the South African movie, Kanarie in Knysna on Saturday the 10th of October.
“We feel honored and excited to share a whole range of diverse films and content, that people from the Garden Route community may not get to see on the big screen elsewhere and we are privileged to be showing these films in conjunction with The Pink Loerie organisation in Knysna.
The Pink Loerie has always been an innovative agent of social change, focusing on unifying people in the local community.
We selected Kanarie to show at Knysna Waterfront this year, to bring people together and be entertained by a film with great 80’s music, artistic showmanship, humor and above all great local South African performances”, said Patrick Walton, Festival Director.
Kanarie is a coming-of-age gay musical war drama about a small town boy who, because of his love for Boy George and Depeche Mode, gets chosen to serve his compulsory two-year military training in the South African Defence Force Choir and Concert group - known as the “Kanaries”.
It’s 1985 in South Africa and the Apartheid regime is still sending young conscripts to the Border War, but a lucky few land up in the army’s choir division, the Kanaries, who fulfIll their duties by traveling the country to boost morale through music. One conscript Johan Niemand (Schalk Bezuidenhout) spends his time singing, keeping out of trouble, all the while trying to deal with his feelings for a fellow solider (Hannes Otto).
The detailed production design and wardrobe adds to the ’80s nostalgia and musical appeal. In this world of mandatory military training, racist regimes and homophobia, Kanarie will have you singing like a canary to many classic pop tunes from the ’80s including those made famous by Culture Club and Boy George.
Kanarie is an original, compelling, provocative and powerful coming-of-age, fish-out-of-water and coming out drama. Expert shot composition, strong performances, great casting, timely themes, fantastic music and bold direction pull together to create a film that is uniquely South African and universal in nature.
This musical comedy will have you singing along, laughing and at times crying with its heartwarming and captivating tale of finding your voice and learning to fly.
Book tickets now for the drive-in at Knysna waterfront on Saturday 10 Oct 19:30 (doors open 18:30): www.webtickets.co.za/v2/EventCategories.aspx?itemid=1502377813. Tickets will also be available at the gate.
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