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Finding 'Fried Barry'


Have you ever had a film elude you? Until recently Fried Barry has been that film. Having seen the experimental short film (below) a few years back and even interviewing director Ryan Kruger, his feature film debut has managed to slip out of reach again and again.

The epic old school movie poster, experimental concept, short movie and enigmatic star in Gary Green have given this film some buzz and energy. Being geared towards all things cult cinema, there's a mixture of excitement and trepidation about finally getting the chance to watch what should be a frenzy of a Ryan Kruger Thing.

The pandemic made it even more elusive, doing the festival circuit and not quite landing in South Africa apart from a few special screenings. Yet, after missing a few precious moments to see it, including last year's Horrorfest... the opportunity has finally arrived with the film set to premiere on DStv Box Office on 26 October 2021. This means you don't have to pursue the movie, Fried Barry's coming for you.

Fried Barry follows a lowlife, drug-addicted father and husband living in a middle-class nightmare who becomes host to an alien who takes Barry’s body for a joyride through the strangest and darkest avenues of Cape Town. Just as Barry's body is starting to give out after a series of mischievous, whimsical and deranged detours from crystal meth, a rave and even torture... the alien departs having learned a thing or two about the weird and unforgiving existence of humankind.

The pulsating, genre-bending, cult style flick also stars Chanelle De Jager, Johnny Pienaar, Bia Hartensen and Sean Cameron Michael and arrives just in time for Halloween. A first-of-its-kind film for South Africa, the ensemble is bolstered even further by the likes of Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Steve Wall, Deon Lotz and Tuks Tad Lungu. Having Ryan Kruger in the director's chair makes the prospect of seeing it even more tantalising, known for directing music videos and delivering a "what the hell happens next?" kind of short.