SA Mockumentary Coming to Rotterdam International Film Festival

Daryn’s Gym, the fictional comedy from writer-director Brett Michael Innes, has been selected to be part of the 51st edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), where it will have its international premiere as part of the Big Screen Competition section. of the program.

The Big Screen Competition is the result of a long-standing collaboration between IFFR and VPRO, bridging the gap between popular, classic and arthouse cinema by presenting 16 feature films from around the world to a public jury. .

“I was completely blown away,” Innes said when asked about the selection.

“It is notoriously difficult for comedies to find a place in festivals, because the genre is often neglected in favor of more “prestigious” content. On top of that, South African films that are successful at festivals focus almost exclusively on our pain and trauma, so to have one that celebrates our common humanity through the prism of comedy is a huge honor.

In pre-pandemic times, the filmmakers would have traveled to Rotterdam to present the film to festival audiences, but the recent lockdown in the Netherlands has forced the festival to move from a physical to a virtual event.

The festival will take place from January 26 to February 6 and will offer several masterclasses and industrial programs.

“We are understandably very disappointed not to be able to experience this in person,” said producer Paulo Areal.

“I was fortunate enough to attend the festival in 2018 when my film Ellen: The Ellen Pakkies Story played on the program and I have always been blown away by the love and support given to filmmakers by the festival.”

Set in a family gym in Randburg, the film sees lovable Daryn Jnr go up against the ruthless owner of a multinational fitness center as he fights to keep his family legacy alive.

Starring newcomer Clifford Joshua Young, the comedy also features performances from Hlubi Mboya, Natasha Sutherland, Siv Ngesi and Deon Coetzee.

The film is now available nationwide on eVOD (

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