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Durban Poison back on the widescreen
The poignant South African film about sex and crime, Durban Poison, comes to the Windhoek audience again next week when it will be screened in the cinema at the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre. This disturbing film was first shown to local audiences in 2014.
As part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of “African Perspectives”, AfricAvenir Windhoek announced this week it will rescreens Andrew Worsdale’s “Durban Poison” (South Africa, 2013) on Wednesday 09 March 2016.
Durban Poison tells the story of Charmaine Phillips and Piet Grundlingh, South Africa’s own Bonnie and Clyde. Durban Poison was almost made in 1988. Everything but the filming itself was completed before investors pulled out.
With Durban Poison, writer/director Andrew Worsdale returns with this noir romance set amongst the marginalised white underclass. Inspired by a true story, Durban Poison is a road movie that follows a police investigation into four murders and charts the doomed romance of outlawed lovers.
Durban Poison is an expose of a relationship between two lovers whose passionate affair self-destructed; they ended up as serial-killers, South Africa’s version of ‘Bonnie and Clyde’, killing four people in a game of sex for money. Told in flashback the film follows the culprits and the police as they return to the scenes of the crime. Moving between the present and the past, the film is a tale of murder and romance, of truth and lies, of memory and regret so the audience is never sure until the climax who is guilty.
The film won Best South African feature film at the 2013 Durban International Film Festival. At the 3rd Luxor African Film Festival in March 2014, Jim Neversink, first time film composer of the musical score of Durban Poison won a special jury prize for his music.
It further won Best Director at the 17th Festival du Cinema Africain Khouribga, Maroc and it won best feature film at the 2014 Ugu Film Festival in KZN, South Africa.
When: Wednesday, 09 March 2016