Durban Poison

Year 
2007
Country
  • Czech Republic
Runtime
73min 

The Stable Theatre was the first independent black theatre in South Africa, founded in the culturally mixed city of Durban. Its most famous product is Broadway playwright and pop star Mbongeni Ngema, a controversial figure tainted by scandal and accusations of racism. In an attempt to return to his roots, Ngema begins work on an ambitious new musical designed to tell the Stable's history. Unseen fault lines are crossed, and corruption, fraud and politics threaten to engulf the project. At the same time, the film's producer Deon Maas unexpectedly becomes a reality TV celebrity and decides to use his new public notoriety to investigate the situation. As the musical collapses and the theatre itself slides into failure, the film becomes a road movie through the minefield of contemporary South African politics and a search for the deeper problems at the heart of the Stable Theatre's collapse.

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  • Original Title
    Durban Poison
  • Runtime
    73 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    2007
  • Country
    • Czech Republic

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