Catchy road movie in which four young South African stand-up comedians improvise on scenes from their own lives and travel to a rock festival where they hope to realise their dreams.
Dave is a dishwasher who turns his back on a career as a bookkeeper to breathe new life into his career as a stand-up comedian, one that is so far not very successful. He is supported in this by Kags, who has already made a name for himself as a comic. His excessive self-confidence makes him a less reliable partner for his girlfriend Kim. Finally, Joey is a Moslem who tacks back and forth between his creative impulses and his dedication to Islam. The friends got to know each other in today’s melting pot, Johannesburg. Together with Cope, a freebooter who doesn’t seem interested in anything, they decide to head for the Oppikoppi rock festival way out of town. Here they hope to make their dreams come true, each in his own way.
Bunny Chow, a light-hearted investigation of modern urban South Africa, is based on the adventures of four stand-up comedians playing themselves in this film. The film is built up of scenes from their own lives, on which they improvised during shooting. As a result, Bunny Chow breathes a contagious sense of freedom, despite the illusions and disillusions the characters dive into of their own free will. Shot in stylish widescreen black-and-white, and with a soundtrack that features lounge, hip-hop and reggae music. —IFFR
John Barker was born in Durban, South Africa. He studied graphic design at ML Sultan in Durban. After working as a graphic designer in Cape Town, he made a change in career paths and began working in the film industry. He has directed various productions, such as the sketch comedy show, The Pure Monate Show, the South African Music Awards, and South Africa’s first mockumentary, Blu Cheez (2002). Bunny Chow is his first feature film. —Gobal Film Intiative