About the film

28 July 1958. Badman, an intellectual and the leader of the most powerful gang in Sophiatown, lives life on his own terms in this crazy, cosmopolitan, half demolished ghetto on the edge of Johannesburg. The gorgeous Eve Msomi, a torch-singer on the brink of an international career, is giving her last concert in the local hall before she travels to London. Tomorrow, legions of police will force the residents of Gerty street out of their homes and they will be trucked to a desolate township, ten miles out of the city. Refusing to face the bleak reality of black South African life, Badman has decided that he will fight to the death for his home. But fate, thrusts Eve Msomi, whom he has loved from a distance, into his orbit. And on this night that bears this beautiful encounter, Badman’s gang, The Vipers, sensing his vulnerability, turns on them both.

Awards

DIRECTOR

Angus Gibson

WRITER

Libby Doughty, Angus Gibson

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

William Kentridge, Anant Singh

Cast

Richard Lukunku, Moneoa Moshesh

Run Time

95min

Rating

MA15+

Trailer

Bonus Content

Angus Gibson portrait

Filmmaker Marc Radomsky interviews his mentor and friend, award winning director Angus Gibson. Angus Gibson is the director, co producer and writer of ‘Back of the Moon’, an utterly beautiful story set in Sophiatown, Johannesburg.

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