John Barker is one of South Africa’s foremost directorial talents.

First noticed for his hilarious mockumentary about a hopeless South African rock band, Blu Cheez, Barker is best known for helming the critically acclaimed feature film Bunny Chow: Know Thyself. He produced the film along with Kagiso Lediga – an unenviable task because its funders pulled out and, according to Lediga, the pair were forced to “max out [Barker’s] wife’s credit card – to make the film. Barker has numerous television writing, directing and production credits, most notably on the Pure Monate Show and Laugh Out Loud. He has also directed several short films.

Future projects for Barker will include The Umbrella Man, a feature film which he is currently writing about the Cape Malay minstrel carnival, and The Dictator, which Barker will co-write and direct. The film will be produced by Dog Pack Films, the production company co-owned by Barker and Lediga.

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