After scooping the Audience Award at Encounters International Documentary Festival in 2018, The Fun’s Not Over is now streaming on Showmax for everyone to educate themselves on this musical legend.
James Phillips, who died aged 36 in July 1995, was the voice and conscience of a generation of white South Africans.
The Fun’s Not Over tells a little known and now almost forgotten part of South African cultural history that emerged from white alternative protest music during the 1980s and 1990s.
The Fun’s Not Over is James’ story in his own words and through the voices of the likes of Jack Parow, Koos Kombuis, Max du Preez, Pieter Dirk Uys, Vusi Mahlasela and his friends and family.
The music includes his 1983 single as Bernoldus Niemand, Hou My Vas Korporaal, which became an anthem of the End Conscription Campaign and helped spawn alternative Afrikaans rock music and the Voëlvry movement; and the gut-wrenching Shot Down, his 1985 track with The Cherry Faced Lurchers, which addressed both white privilege and the violence of the apartheid state.
Watch the trailer below and get inspired.