Material is in a class of its own because it fusses so many different genres successfully. Oscar winning “Tsotsi” gave the world a peak into South African thug-life life on the streets of Johannesburg. Material is strong for very different reasons.
The characters are quirky, sometimes funny and almost magical in their qualities. Ronnie Apteker, the producer has put together an excellent support team including a brilliant scriptwriter. Dialogue flows so naturally between the cast it is easy to taken on this journey. After a string of films under his belt, this may be his first box office hit. Material also has strong international potential in the Middle East and Asia where the Muslim family story may resonate even stronger.
After reading the build up to this film on Twitter over the last 12-months, this film had to be great not just good. This movie was more than expected and hits emotional triggers from beginning to end. The cinematography is breezy and captures the soul of one of the oldest suburbs in Johannesburg, Fordsburg succinctly. Local residents refer it to “little Pakistan” or “little India” because of the high concentration of Muslims from India or Pakistan who live here.
Moviegoers get real glimpses of the struggle in a family bound by tradition and terrors of the legacy of Apartheid. Fathers and boys have a special connection. This film is at times deeply spiritual in its quest for reconciliation between family members, father and son, and brothers.
Look out for the stand-up comedy routines because they lift you up when you least expect it. Movies like this can help change the world. This movie is a family movie, a comedy, a drama and a coming of age story all rolled into one. Ronnie Apteker is close to his magnum opus as a producer.
Last night I attended the really awesome “Make Laugh Not War” show at the Nelson Mandela Theatre in Braamfontein. The cast included Riaad Moosa (MC), Joey Rasdien, Afzal Khan, Mo Magic from South Africa and international comedians Azhar Usman, Preacher Moss, Mo Amer from Allah Made Me Funny Muslim comedy tour. Riaad, a medical doctor turned comedian from Cape Town, hosted the evening. My tickets were thanks to Lester Ash from Bruin-ou.com. All I can say is that if you are even remotely interested in the Indian/Arab/Muslim/Palestinian people you are going to laugh your ass off. There are some very specific South African in-jokes with our diverse community. So you will enjoy the first set and overall the 2nd set with the international comedians were off the rockers.
So today they have their final show in South Africa. Be sure to book for the two shows today at Computicket. And just as a teaser…here’s a clip from Google Video:
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Damn! I booked for this event on Monday, 2 October…and now I realised I have a trip I’m going to be in Cape Town on this date.From the makers of the original Laugh Out Loud stage show comes a new reason to live…HAVE A HEART.
Join comedians John Vlismas, Riaad Moosa and their friends to an evening of great laughs. All monies raised will go towards Child Welfare.
Not only should you get tax deductions on the money you spend (only R100), but you’ll also have a great night out. We also guarantee that there will be no try hard celebrities, no auctions of things you don’t really want anyway and certainly no lukewarm, lousy dinner to sit through. Just arrive, mingle with other, real, people, sit down, watch the comedy show and then go home.
You could be warm in bed, with your heart feeling warm and fuzzy, by eleven. What could be simpler?
100% of the money we raise will go to the charity and we would be privileged to have you and your friends and even people you don’t like in the audience at our one-night only show – HAH!
Your R100 will include a 120 minute show in two halves, featuring, among others, John Vlismas, Riaad Moosa, Mark Banks, Mel Miller and Tumi Morake.
Book for this show at Computicket here!