It’s one of the most anticipated South African films of the year and it’s finally in cinemas. Kanarie, the “coming of age” musical drama set in South Africa in 1985, explores how hardship and camaraderie can ignite a journey of self-discovery. Already critically acclaimed and featuring funny-guy Schalk Bezuidenhout, almost unrecognisable, doing what he actually studied to do: act.
The official synopsis describes the film as such:
When Johan Niemand, gets called up for military service at the age of 18 in 1986 South Africa, he auditions and is accepted to the SADF Choir called the ‘Canaries’. Against a landscape where law and religion oppress individuality, Johan and the Canaries have to survive military training and go on a nationwide tour of the country, travelling from town to town, entertaining people whilst also fortifying the belief in the military effort and promoting the cause of both Church and State.
Cinematically exquisite with the acting to match, this is one of those South African movies that seems like it could start a conversation.
The movie hit cinemas on Friday, 19 October at a number of theatres across South Africa