Directors: Michael Cross

  • COUNTRY : South Africa


James Phillips, who died at the age of 36 in July 1995, was a composer, musician and bandleader, and the voice and conscience of a generation of white South Africans. His Afrikaans alter ego Bernoldus Niemand's 1983 single, 'Hou My Vas Korporaal' (Hold Me Tightly, Corporal) became an anthem of the End Conscription Campaign and spawned alternative Afrikaans rock music and the Voëlvry movement. In 1985, with his beloved Cherry Faced Lurchers, Phillips recorded the gut-wrenching 'Shot Down' that addressed both white privilege and the violence of the apartheid state. Phillips' legacy is that of one of this country's most aware, articulate and passionate artists. He was a genius, a satirist, a poet and probably one of the most accomplished songwriters that the country has ever produced. The Fun's Not Over tells James' story in his own words and through the voices of journalists such as Max du Preez, satirists Zapiro and Pieter Dirk Uys, his musical collaborators and label-mates, contemporary artists and his friends and family.

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