(Judy Naidoo, 90 Minutes, 2019, South Africa)
About the Film
Once in a lifetime comes a story of true greatness such as the epic tale of Baboo and his best friend Ticky.
Feisty TICKY is like a tjara Artful Dodger – cheeky and daring with a streetwise swagger and little respect for rules. He escapes the realities of his 80’s Sugarhill District existence by living in a Bollywood dream world where he’s an unbeatable action hero. Rooftops are his kingdom. When chubby, timid BABOO moves into the neighbourhood with his snooty, academic dad, Ticky thinks he’s the biggest loser he’s ever seen – but soon the two boys are drawn together by the shared threat of local bully and crime boss, RAJA.
These two nine-year-old misfits decide to rid their community of the evil Raja. Their plan – emulate the antics and mannerisms of Bollywood heroes. The battle between escapism and harsh reality is not evenly matched, yet these heroes share a loyalty so special that it can conquer all. In the sugar cane fields of KZN, and the poor but vibrant and bustling streets (and rooftops) of the early 80’s Sugar hill District, the two unlikely comrades learn about life and overcoming obstacles and prejudices.
and their own deepest fears in this charming and hilarious adventure.
Clients Goals: After a successful local theatrical release in its home country of South Africa; the KINGS OF MULBERRY STREET creative team were looking to get the film screened outside of Africa.
Results Achieved by The Film Festival Doctor
Rebekah identified that the film could travel internationally and would be a perfect for high end general film festivals and children’s and young people’s film festivals. The film screened in competition at the Academy Award Qualifying St. Louis International Film Festival and the Academy Award Qualifying Pan African Film Festival. It has screened so far at 7 prestigious children’s and young people’s film festivals including BUFF Malmo and Cinekid. It won the Seattle Kids Film Festival’s Best Feature Film Award. It will continue to tour the international festival circuit during 2020.
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