No budget. A week to shoot. Anything can happen.
Porselynnkas Dokiementêr has been discussed on SABC 1 and has been selected
for the Grahamstown Film Festival. A pre-launch event, for selected guests,
will be held at the Klein Libertas Theatre in Stellenbosch on the 3 May from 7pm.
Matthew Kalil follows artist, clown and performance poet Sjaka S. Septembir
as he hunts down old members of Porselynnkas, cream pies them in the face
and laughs at some serious questions about memory, rebellion and the vigor
Was Porselynnkas a groundbreaking counter-cultural art movement within
Afrikaans theater, like Bitterkomix and Fokofpolisiekar?
Or was it just an excuse for dyslexic poets, starving artists and dirty
musicians to get girls naked?
Banned by the local radio station, loathed by the Church and considered
out-of-bounds at high schools and certain coffee shops, Porselynnkas, a
Stellenbosch art movement nevertheless executed 34 poetry happenings,
distributed 21 poetry volumes, made music, broadcast a radio drama and
caused anarchic chaos in the theatre community between 1996 and 1999.
Porselynnkas Dokiementêr is a 52 min fast-paced ride hurtling inevitably to
a climactic final Porselynnkas happening. Will Sjaka’s friends pitch up?
Will we find footage of the group’s previous performances? What about the
question of the White Rabbit? Who is real? Who is lying? What is truth? Who
Porselynnkas Dokiementêr features many Afrikaner counter-cultural icons such
as Toast Coetzer, Gert Vlok Nel, Asha Zero, Deborah Steinmair, Floyed de
Vaal, Alex Omega, Francois Weideman and others who all try and pretend to
care about these issues.
Some quotes about the film:
“This film itself is a Happening.” – Ashley Courvar
“It’s not in the mainstream but on the margins of culture that we can really
feel the pulse of a nation.” – Carlo Germeshuys
“”Uiters punk!” – Calabash The Rabbit