Billy Monk Shot in the Dark

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Billy Monk was a photographer and bouncer who worked at the Catacombs nightclub in Cape Town in the late 1960s. Using only archival photographs and beautifully composed contemporary interviews, director Craig Cameron-Mackintosh provides an engaging portrait of Monk, bringing together the key characters of his tragic story. Monk was working at a time when apartheid forbade the mixing of different races and his pictures of love, desire and intimacy across the colour bar exist in stark contrast to the official order put in place by the National Party government. The resulting snapshot of Cape Town nightlife at the time offers a refreshing glimpse into a period of history that is usually rendered in very different images to those of Monk’s secret world of sailors, ‘sugar girls’, rock ‘n roll, and uninhibited joy.


Craig Cameron-Mackintosh Director
Guest: Craig Cameron-MackintoshCraig Cameron-Mackintosh is an artist, writer and first-time filmmaker based in Cape Town, South Africa. Billy Monk – Shot in the Dark pays homage to the late Billy Monk and his evocative black and white photographs, in an intimate and stylised short documentary.

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World Premiere Festival Guest African Feature
Cape Town
Sun 9 June / 5.30pm + Q&A
Wed 12 June / 8.30pm
Sun 16 June / 3pm BEST OF FEST
Sun 9 June / 5.30pm
Sat 15 June / 8pm + Q&A
Craig Cameron-Mackintosh
South Africa
37 minutes