The Fringe with Material (the movie)
As part of the Plett ARTS Festival, Plett Fringe is screening the movie Material in aid of Kids of Kurland.
Date: Saturday 29th June 2019
Venue: The Barnyard, Askop road, The Crags
Time: 18h45 for 20h00
Tickets: R80.00 through Tixsa, or from the Old House Shop, or from Ann Fermor 082-4528764.
- The ticket price includes a good portion of hearty soup and fresh bread.
- For those who prefer pizzas, these can be ordered beforehand through the Barnyard – email@example.com.
- Please support the bar at the Barnyard – no drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) may be brought in by guests.
- Popcorn, coffee and cupcakes will also be for sale.
Cassim Kaif (Riaad Moosa) is a young man who works in his father Ebrahim’s (Vincent Ebrahim) material shop. In keeping with tradition it is Ebrahim’s dream that one day his only son, Cassim, will take over the family business.
Cassim, however, has discovered a passion and talent for stand-up comedy and is determined to follow his dream of being a comedian. Through the adventure of pursuing his new passion, he finds that it is a path that brings him into conflict with his father, who believes that everything about stand-up comedy goes against age-old traditions.
Set in Fordsburg, Johannesburg, MATERIAL is a funny and heart-warming film that tackles the universal issue of a young person fighting for identity in the modern world. It deals with timeless themes of destiny, responsibility, forgiveness and ultimately the importance of family.
Riaad Moosa is supported in the film by other well-known comedians such as Joey Rasdien and Nic Rabinowitz.
About Riaad Moosa
He is one of South Africa’s most popular and acclaimed funnymen with a style all his own, and is known as “the Comedy Doctor”. He certainly seems to have the remedy for the nation’s ills: a healthy dose of laughter, straight up – hold the aspirin.
In 2005, Moosa appeared in Crazy Monkey Straight Outta Benoni. In 2007, he also featured in the sequel Footskating 101.
In March 2011, Moosa was awarded the Comic’s Choice Award at the first annual South African Comic’s Choice Awards. In 2012, he was again nominated for the Comic’s Choice Awards.
In 2012 Moosa starred in the comedy film Material, described above.
In October 2012, he went to the Busan International Film Festival in Seoul, South Korea where Material was shown, and in November 2012 he visited London, England, to promote the film at the BFI London Film Festival. He won best actor at The South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA’s) in 2013 for his role in Material, which also won best picture.
In 2013, he played the role of former South African politician and political prisoner, Ahmed Kathrada in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, an adaptation of Nelson Mandela‘s autobiography Long Walk to Freedom.
Moosa uses comedy to tackle sensitive issues like Islamic stereotypes, Islamophobia, racism and prolapsed hemorrhoids. His other subjects range from Bollywood to current politics to apartheid. Moosa chooses not to use profanity and explicit vocabulary.
About Kids of Kurland
The Kids of Kurland School Project was established in 2001 by friends, Ann Fermor and Janet Holding, to address pressing needs at The Crags Primary School. Class sizes at this time exceeded 70 students in some instances, and the Department of Education was only able to supply the absolute essentials. This made effective teaching almost impossible.
Currently, we employ three additional full-time teachers at The Crags Primary School, as well as a part-time Social Worker to tackle the social problems prevelant in the community. We also cover the transport costs for a Special Needs Teacher.
Kids of Kurland fund-raises on an ongoing basis to maintain coverage of these substantial costs. Cultural presentations are sourced regularly to this end, and this event is one of two that we are presenting in this winter Arts Festival in Plett. Ticket prices include a hearty portion of soup and fresh bread in The Crags own unique venue, The Barnyard, before the film is shown. Full bar facilities are available; pizzas can be ordered beforehand; popcorn, coffee and cupcakes will be for sale.
See you there!