The Fun’s Not Over The James Phillips Story

World Premiere Festival Guest African Feature

The tragedy of Phillips’ death is that it came just as he was hitting his stride.. He was already the voice from the void; he was James the Boptist, a hard-partying rock ‘n’ roller that pioneered a new genre of Afrikaans rock music (despite being English) that sparked and fired a revolution. He was working with heavy-hitters William Kentridge and Warrick Sony on Faustus in Africa, staged in Grahamstown in 1995.

This is a rollicking musical ride through all these incarnations, with frank insights from 80’s and 90’s musicians and leftie luminaries – from Johannes Kerkorrel to Lloyd Ross, Pieter-Dirk Uys to Zapiro by way of the Radio Rats’ Jonathan Handley and Vusi Mahlasela.

It’s an intimate portrait of a wildly talented poet painted by those who knew him best.

Cape Town
V&A 4
Mon 4 June / 8pm
Labia 1
Fri 1 June / 8.15pm + Q&A
Sat 9 June / 3pm extra screening
V&A 6
Sun 10 June / 7.45pm
Sat 2 June / 7.45pm + Q&A
Michael Cross
South Africa
101 minutes


Michael Cross Director

Durban-based filmmaker Michael Cross has spent more than 20 years producing documentaries that illuminate artists and individuals. Along with a number of short-form documentaries for television, his films “Bafo Bafo – What Kind?!” premiered at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) in 2005 and “Rockstardom – The Journey Of A Small-Town Songwriter” at the 2012 Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival. His most recent documentary, “Jiving and Dying – The Radio Rats Story” premiered at DIFF in 2016 before nationwide screenings and it’s acquisition by MNet in 2017.