Ever found yourself staring at the James Phillips Stage sign at Oppikoppi and wondering who the hell that was? If that’s the case, you should stream The Fun’s Not Over on Showmax.
“Who the hell was James Phillips?”
James Phillips, who died aged 36 in July 1995, was the voice and conscience of a generation of white South Africans. The Fun’s Not Over tells a little known and now almost forgotten part of South African cultural history that emerged from white alternative protest music during the 1980s and 1990s.
Why you should watch The Fun’s Not Over
The Fun’s Not Over is James’ story in his own words and through the voices of the likes of Jack Parow, Koos Kombuis, Max du Preez, Pieter Dirk Uys, Vusi Mahlasela and his friends and family
The music includes his 1983 single as Bernoldus Niemand, Hou My Vas Korporaal, which became an anthem of the End Conscription Campaign and helped spawn alternative Afrikaans rock music and the Voëlvry movement; and the gut-wrenching Shot Down, his 1985 track with The Cherry Faced Lurchers, which addressed both white privilege and the violence of the apartheid state.
Gus Silber has called The Fun’s Not Over “brilliant, illuminating, and deeply moving.. a happy-sad masterpiece of South African musical lore”.
The Fun’s Not Over won 3 awards in 2018: The Audience Award at the Encounters International Documentary Festival. The Best Documentary Award at the Simon Sabela Awards and a Festival MusicFilm Award. Pretty damn impressive if you ask me.
Watch the trailer for The Fun’s Not Over below:
You can stream The Fun’s Not Over on Showmax. If you don’t have an account, don’t stress – it’s included in your DSTV Premium subscription. If you don’t have DSTV subscription will only set you back R99 a month.
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