Back of the Moon

On the last day of his life a gangster finds something worth living for.

Back of the Moon
This award-winning local film is set in July 1958, when the government was busy with forced removals. Badman, an intellectual and the leader of the most powerful gang in Sophiatown, lives life on his own terms in this crazy, cosmopolitan, half demolished ghetto on the edge of Johannesburg. A gorgeous singer on the brink of an international career is giving her last concert in the local hall before she travels to London. Tomorrow, legions of police will force the local residents out of their homes and they will be trucked to a desolate township, ten miles out of the city. Refusing to face the bleak reality of black South African life, Badman has decided that he will fight to the death for his home. Fate thrusts the singer, whom he has loved from a distance, into his orbit. And on this night that bears this beautiful encounter, Badman’s gang, The Vipers, sensing his vulnerability, turns on them both. In Zulu language with English subtitles.

97 minutes.
No persons under 18 (Language, Sex, Nudity, Violence, Prejudice, Drug abuse).
Drama, South African.
My father will bring the opsitkers shortly.
My father will bring the opsitkers shortly.


Richard Lukunku, Moneoa Moshesh, Lemogang Tsipa, S’Dumo Mtshali, Thomas Gumede
Angus Gibson
ScreenplayLibby Dougherty
MusicPhillip Miller
CinematographyZeno Petersen
Made in2019
Produced byThe Bomb Shelter

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

LanguageNone (sic)
NudityNone (sic)
SexNone (sic)
ViolenceNone (sic)
PrejudiceNone (sic)
Drug abuseNone (sic)
CommentsContains scenes of sexual violence.
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Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say
Gabi Zietsman quote iconBack of the Moon is a spectacular film that deserves its accolades and will make South Africa proud on the international stage.
Leon van Nierop quote icon‘n Mens voel trots om Suid-Afrikaans te wees nadat jy BACK OF THE MOON deur Angus Gibson gesien het. Dit is betowerend, wreed, atmosferies, dikwels eksplisiet, skokkend, maar ook meevoerend en knap geregisseer

Average .. 83%



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