The Fun’s Not Over
Company: Festival of Film & Ideas
James Phillips, who died aged 36 in July 1995, was a composer, musician, bandleader and the voice and conscience of a generation of white South Africans. His Afrikaans alter ego Bernoldus Niemand’s 1983 single, Hou My Vas Korporaal (‘Hold Me Tightly, Corporal’) became an anthem of the End Conscription Campaign and spawned ‘alternative’ Afrikaans rock music and the Voëlvry movement. In 1985, with his beloved Cherry Faced Lurchers, he recorded the gut-wrenching Shot Down, that addressed both white privilege and the violence of the apartheid state.
James Phillips’ legacy is that of one of this country’s most aware, articulate and passionate artists. He was a genius, a satirist, a poet and probably one of the most accomplished songwriters that South Africa has ever produced.
The Fun’s Not Over tells James’s story in his own words and through the voices of journalists such as Max du Preez, satirists Zapiro and Pieter Dirk Uys, his musical collaborators and label-mates such as Koos Kombuis and Vusi Mahlesela, contemporary artists such as Jack Parow and his friends and family.
- On Saturday 7 July the screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the director, Michael Cross, National Arts Festival Listening Lounge presenter, Richard Haslop and Michael Drewett, sociology researcher and specialist on South African popular music.