Movie fans in Johannesburg have their own special place in the city center’s Arts On Main/Maboneng district. Granted, quite a lot of people still need convincing that a trip to the Jozi CBD won’t immediately result in being mugged, kidnapped and sold into slavery – but a quick trip to this trendy hipster part of town changes that view quite quickly. Especially after your third craft beer.
Featuring gourmet pizza and the aforementioned libations – which you can take into the cinema – The Bioscope is a great spot for some alternative cinematic fare. It’s not all brow-beating documentaries – check out the Noodle Box shows for some awesome Asian action films. If the list below doesn’t take your fancy, there is a larger program. Head to the official website and sign up for the newsletter to keep in the loop.
The Bioscope will be showing some of its most popular movies of last year – and it is a really good batch. Everything will feature between the 7th and 16th of January, so book now to avoid disappointment.
THE BEST FILMS OF 2014 PROGRAMME
UNEARTHED (WED 7 JAN. 7:30pm)
A young South African swallows her optimism on fracking in her Karoo hometown after a mysterious phone call from the US leads her to uncover the hidden truths of the gas industry.
AFRICAN METROPOLIS (THUR 8 JAN. 7:30pm)
African Metropolis is a compilation of six short fiction films, set in six major African cities, and a unique partnership towards new African cinema.
iNUMBER NUMBER (FRI 9 JAN. 7:30pm)
“When honest undercover cop Chili Ngcobo, and his by-the-book partner, Sello ‘Shoes’ Moshoeshoe (lead actor of the Oscar Winning film ‘Tsotsi’, Presley Chweneyagae), are cheated out of a large reward by their corrupt superiors, Chili finds another way of getting the money he feels they deserve.
MINERS SHOT DOWN ( SAT 10 JAN. 6pm)
The important documentary by Rehad Desai. Using the POV of the Marikana miners, Miners Shot Down, follows the strike from day one, showing the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of low paid workers against the combined forces of the mining company, Lonmin, the ANC government and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers.
FOUR CORNERS (SAT 10 JAN. 8pm)
Four Corners is a multi-thread coming of age thriller set in a unique and volatile South African sub culture. At times raw and violent, at others touching and true, the four lives of Farakhan, Leila, Tito and Gasant converge around Ricardo. All of them will be changed forever.
BARBARA (SUN 11 JAN. 5pm)
Winner of the Best Director prize at the Berlin Film Festival, Barbara is a simmering impeccably crafted Cold War thriller, starring the gifted Nina Hoss as a Berlin doctor banished to a rural East German hospital as punishment for applying for an exit visa.
THE SHEIK AND I (SUN 11 JAN. 7pm)
When an American filmmaker is commissioned to make a film for a Middle East Biennial on the theme of ‘art as a subversive act,’ his film is banned for blasphemy, he is asked to destroy every copy, and he is threatened with arrest.
BLACKFISH (MON 12 JAN. 7:30pm)
A mesmerizing psychological thriller with a killer whale at its centre, Blackfish is the first film since Grizzly Man to show how nature can get revenge on man when pushed to its limits.
THE HIP-HOP FELLOW (TUES 13 JAN. 7:30pm)
A documentary that followings Grammy Award winning producer, 9th Wonder’s tenure at Harvard University, as he teaches ‘The Standards of Hip-Hop’ course.
THE GOOD MAN (WED 14 JAN. 7:30pm)
Two interweaving stories across two continents – an Irish banker (Aiden Gillen, ‘Game of Thrones’, ’The Wire’) is struggling to come to terms with causing a stranger’s death in an accident, while a young student (newcomer Thabang Sidloyi) is living in a shack settlement in Cape Town and looking for a way out. When their stories unexpectedly collide, their impact on one another’s lives is far greater, and more surprising, than either could have imagined.
NAIROBI HALF LIFE (THURS 15 JAN. 7:30pm)
A young aspiring actor from upcountry Kenya dreams of becoming an accomplished actor one day, and in pursuit of this and the chagrin of his brother and parents, he makes his way to Nairobi the city of opportunity.
Last Updated: January 8, 2015