SA Political Spoof Enthralls DIFF Audiences
Wonder Boy for President, a political satire which looks at the ‘not so serious side’ of the South African political landscape, opens in South African cinemas in July.
The film, which featured at this year’s Durban Film Festival (DIFF), follows two political “fixers”, Brutus (Tony Miyumbo) and Shakes (Ntosh Maadlingozi), who call the shots and “pull strings” at the ANC’s headquarters in Braamfontein.
The insightful yet funny take on South African politics is directed by South African award-winning film maker, John Barker.
It took five years to complete and was described by Barker as a “labour of love”.
‘We made it with a lot of love - thank you for choosing it for DIFF 2016,’ said Barker.
It tells the story of Wonder Boy (Kagiso Lediga), a charismatic young man from the Eastern Cape, who is convinced to run for president by Shakes and Brutus.
Their aim is to mould him into a great politician and manufacture his downfall at the right time, for the right price.
The film also features South African starlet, Thishiwe Ziqubu, as Wonder Boy’s love interest.
Barker uses some well-known politicians, who played themselves, including President Jacob Zuma, Helen Zille, Julius Malema, Cyril Ramaphosa, Zwelinzima Vavi among others.
‘The film used available footage from various news sources and we spliced it into (in) appropriate places to add to the laughs,’ said Barker.
Added Miyumbo: ‘We made this film with no money and each person on the cast contributed their time and talent.’
Other cast members include: John Vlismas as Emeric ‘the dodgy dude with a gun’, Akin Omotoso as ‘a Nigerian on the street’, Loyiso Gola as himself and Barker as a ‘dodgy construction guy’.
It also features the talents of David Kibuuka, Zabalaza Mchunu, Lara Lipschitz, Bryan Van Niekerk, Christopher Steenkamp, Camilo Saloojee, Daniel Friedman, Ntokozo Majozi, Tshepo Mogale, Lazola Gola, Robbie Collins, Mary Twala and Mojack.
The 37th Durban International Film Festival was hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts in UKZN’s College of Humanities. For more information visit www.durbanfilmfestival.co.za Twitter: #DIFF2016 @DIFFest
Slindile Mkhize and DIFF Film Fest