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Durban poisoned

Lovers of weed will know that Durban poison is a prime example of marijuana. It is also the most destructive. This year's DIFF was poisoned by the banning of the opening film and cancellation of yet another film yesterday not approved by the morality police. The screening of Michael Winterbottom's The Look of Love about British porn baron Paul Raymond was cancelled and its remaining screening on 28 July is in doubt. According to the organisers, The Look of Love wasn't banned, they only couldn't supply the "police" with a copy to screen it. Poisoned indeed. Andrew Worsdale's aptly titled Durban Poison crime thriller is a dagga-infused road movie/crime caper based on real events. The film is a killing fest, chronicling the lives of Piet and Jolene, two star crossed lovers who went on a killing spree in the eighties. This film noir is set in Durban and was filmed in the host city with wonderful performances by its two leading stars, Brandon Auret of Isidingo fame as Piet and a fresh out of school looking Cara Roberts as Jolene. The film, a classic whodunnit, had its world premiere on Sunday 21 July and the director and actors received a standing ovation. The film has another screening at Sneddon on 25 July. I hope the film gets a wider release as it is slick, well-told with a great soundtrack. British film Berberian Sound Studio is a macabre affair set in the world of Z-grade Italian horror films. The film shows how a sound engineer has to cope in a world where he has to create sound effects resembling slasher movies. No fruit or vegetable is safe as a slashed watermelon doubles for a gruesome murder. No actual killing is shown, but the audio is frightening. The film has another screening at Suncoast on 28 July. Be warned not to eat before the time. Tomorrow (Monday) has two much-anticipated films in store - River Phoenix's last film Bad Blood and the Russian doccie that has the world in awe, Pussy Riot, a punk prayer.

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