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.
- 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