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BUNNY CHOW (article first published : 2006-08-5)

The Toronto International Film Festival has selected South African filmmaker John Barker’s film Bunny Chow to participate in this year’s festival, running from September 7 to 16.

Bunny Chow will have its World Première in the new Vanguard Program which showcases films that are stylistically bold, structurally playful and appeal to adventurous, risk-taking audiences. John Barker will be one of several innovative new directors that will grace this section.

Other South African films that have been previously selected for Toronto include Tsotsi, Hotel Rwanda, Conversations on a Sunday Afternoon, Yesterday, Max and Mona and Forgiveness. Both Tsotsi and Hotel Rwanda won the prestigious Toronto Audience Awards in 2004 and 2005 respectively, and went on to Oscar acclaim.

Directed by John Barker who co-wrote it with David Kibuuka, Bunny Chow follows the raucous and often ridiculous journey of three stand-up comedians as they make their way to a popular rock concert, Oppi Koppi. Along the way viewers get to indulge in their trials and tribulations - and generally unsuccessful attempts at relationships with women. Bunny Chow is a contemporary urban South African tale about young people and their journeys to self discovery, self destruction, self delusion and a good dose of selfishness.

Starring some of South Africa’s funniest stand-up comedians the film is based on a story by Kibuuka, Barker, Salah Sabiti and Joey Rasdien. Bunny Chow also stars the increasingly popular Kim Engelbrecht. It is produced by Kagiso Lediga and Leanne Callanan of Dog Pack Films, and Michelle Wheatley.

The feature film will be released in South Africa by Ster-Kinekor Pictures in early 2007.




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