Joe Bullet producer / writer wins at Simon Mabhunu Sabela Film Awards

Tonie van der Merwe with his Sabela Award

Joe Bullet celebrated its official world premier this past week-end at the 35th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF)

The screening was held at the Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre in Kwamashu, Durban, where writer/producer Tonie Van Der Merwe was in attendance, along with the team from Gravel Road Entertainment Group, the company responsible for the restoration and distribution of the film, which was first released in 1973 before being banned soon thereafter by the then apartheid government.

Mr Van Der Merwe was also one of the recipients of the prestigious Heroes and Legends Award at the 2nd Annual Simon "Mabhunu" Sabela Films Awards ceremony, held during the festival, for his achievements in film and his contribution in the production of hundreds of indigenous language films produced in South Africa during the '70s and '80s for black audiences.

Most of these films, along with countless others produced by filmmakers of the time, simply disappeared, and through their (Gravel Road's) Retro Afrika Bioscope label, Gravel Road is actively seeking these films out, restoring and releasing them for a new generation of audiences to enjoy.

JOE BULLET still has 2 scheduled screenings at the festival, Thursday 24th July 22h00 - at Musgrave Ster Kinekor and Friday 25th July 18h00 - at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre (UKZN) campus. Tickets can be bought at the venues or on www.computicket.com

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