Guest Contributor | Feb 21, 2024 | 0
Durban Poison to premiere in Namibia
Adrew Worsdale, the script writer and director, returns with Durban Poison 27 years after his controversial first feature film Shot Down was banned in South Africa.
It is a noir romance set amongst the marginalised white underclass. It is inspired by a true story and is a road movie that follows a police investigation into four murders and charts the doomed romance of outlaw lovers.
It exposes the relationship between two lovers whose passionate affair self-destructed.
They end up as serial killers, killing four people in a game of sex for money.
The story is told in flashbacks following the culprits and the police as they return to the scenes of the crime, moving between the present and the past. Therefore, to the audience is not clear who committed all these crimes until the end of the film.
In the lead role is Brandon Auret, also known for his role in District 9, the alien movie shot in South Africa.
Durban Poison was almost made in 1988. All elements, except for the filming itself, were completed and in place, but then the investors pulled out.
It was still apartheid South Africa then. Only two years ago, Worsdale managed to get new financiers on board and started working afresh.
The end product is a shattering, award winning movie.
Durban Poison has won Best South African feature film at the 2013 Durban International Film Festival and Jim Neversink, the score composer won a special jury prize for his work on the film at the 3rd Luxor African Film Festival in March this year.
The film series, African Perspectives, is supported by AfriCine, WhatsOneWindhoek, Turipamwe Design and the Goethe Centre, Windhoek.