Necktie Youth

Spielfilm | ZA, NL 2015 | 93' | OmeU

An entirely different look at Johannesburg: the crime-ridden metropolis and ghetto city familiar from films like TSOTSI or DISTRICT 9 seems miles away in the cinematic debut of just 23-year-old Sibs Shongwe-La Mer. Hopelessness and despair, though, are also prevalent in Johannesburg’s wealthier, no longer exclusively white suburbs. In a string of episodes, NECKTIE YOUTH tells the story of the repercussions of a girl’s suicide – broadcast via live stream on the Internet – on the lives of people who knew her. Jabz, a young black man, gradually succumbs to drugs, and his buddy September (played by the director) is powerless to stop it. Two Jewish girls only seem to care for sex. And a dealer in a tulle gown supplies all rich kids with the coveted goods. This is the portrait of a lost youth, captured in stunning black-and-white cinemascope images. Press reviews have drawn favorable comparisons to Larry Clark’s KIDS, Spike Lee’s early pictures, and Bret Easton Ellis’s novels.

Director
Sibs Shongwe-La Mer
Script
Sibs Shongwe-La Mer
Producers
Elias Ribeiro, John Trengove, Dominique Welinski, Nicole Kitt, Gijs Determeijer, Gijs Kerbosch, Roel Oude Nijhuis
Editors
Candice Frank, Sibs Shongwe-La Mer, Matthew Swanepoel
Photography
Chuanne Blofield
Sound
Janno Muller, Tim Pringle, Justin Shepperson
Production Design
Design: Ronmari Van Tonder
Costumes
Tamsyn Hobbs
Principal Cast
Bonko Cosmo Khoza, Sibs Shongwe-La Mer, Colleen Balchin, Kamogelo Moloi, Emma Tollman, Kelly Bates, Ricci-Lee Kalish, Giovanna Winetzki

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Selected filmography Sibs Shongwe-La Mer

First Feature