SA Underground Cinema: Anton Kotze
Mud in the Fridge
Director: Anton Kotze, 85 min, South Africa, 2010
Anton Kotze is a truly independent voice in South African filmmaking and an avowedly solo operator. He started his career as a newspaper Crime reporter and photographer at the age of 19 before beginning a nomadic life through Africa (as a filmmaker documenting just about every African country) and Europe. He was jailed for 5 months in an African dictator-state under suspicion of being a spy.
Using remarkable footage, shot in 1996 of South Africa’s seminal Avant-Garde Music Group The Mud Ensemble, which featured actor Marcel van Heerden and singer Juliana Venter, Kotze’s film provides a wonderful and intimate look at a brief moment of Johannesburg’s late night scene. They used a wonderful amalgam of material, both original and incorporating poems by William Blake, Sylvia Plath and Workshop Jensma and around them, Kotze has fashioned a unique and mystical tribute to those way-out Experimentalists and a time of turmoil and change.
Name Mud in the Fridge
Date Sun 20 Aug 12:30