Jiving And Dying - The Radio Rats Story
Director: Michael Cross
Cinematographer: Michael Cross, Lloyd Ross, Theodor Crouse
Language: English, Afrikaans with English subtitles
In late-1970s South Africa, there was a song on the radio about a spaceman called ZX Dan. It was by Radio Rats, a noisy little band from Springs, near Johannesburg. That song and hundreds more songwriter Jonathan Handley has penned since then remain an important part of South Africa s musical landscape. They influenced James Phillips (aka Bernoldus Niemand) who went on to initiate the alternative Afrikaans music scene of the mid-80s, the Voelvry movement . Jiving and Dying is an attempt to afford the Rats the place they deserve in the history of independent rock 'n' roll in South Africa.