Directed by James Reynolds
UK | 23 MINS | UK PREMIERE | 2016 | english
Two South African families live in self imposed exile in London.
Muzikhayise Dube and his daughter Nomaliso arrived in the 80’s after her father was killed by the security police.
With his dying wish he implored his younger brother to keep his daughter safe.
Gerri van Staaden and his son Ryan came over in the 90’s because Gerrie, a member of the Bureau of State Security, was afraid of reprisals for his actions during Apartheid.
Ryan and Lizzie fall in love and the film negotiates the couple’s trials at the hand of their elders.
James Reynolds is the Creative Director of Boris the Dog Films
James has Filmmaking Certificate (Distinction) from London Film Academy, a BADA (Hons) in Directing and Performance from the University of the Witwatersrand and an MA Acting for Screen from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He has created and collaborated on over 40 Plays, 3 Features Films and 20 Shorts. Since moving from South Africa to London he has set up Boris the Dog in order to continue his work.
Boris the Dog is focused on Political, Racial, and Humanitarian topics. It challenges Revisionist History, investigates Social Inequality and exposes Entrenched Privilege. Above all Boris the Dog seeks to empathise and translate many points of view and by doing so allow audiences to re-evaluate prejudice, belief and opinion.
By placing the Apathetic Center in juxtaposition with the Fanatical Right and Radical Left we encourage enlightenment and action.
Exile Incessant is his first fully funded short film, following on the back of his MA film, After the Dance, a POV film investigating the turmoil caused by ephebophilia.
As an actor he has appeared in multiple short films, plays and in feature films Mad Buddies and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Boris the Dog is a dog.
He’s a good dog. But he is just a dog and not much use on a film set, even when there is a role for a dog, because he can’t sit still and tends to poop everywhere. He’s still my favourite dog though.