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Keys, Money, Phone Direc­tor: Roger Young Pro­ducer: Shanna Freed­man / Muti Films Star­ring: An­ton Tay­lor, Bon­gani Ti­tana, Amy Louise Wil­son Keys, Money, Phone, the win­ner of the Dur­ban In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val’s award for best South African short, fol­lows a Cape Town oke called Seb who loses his keys, money and phone.

Played con­vinc­ingly by YouTube fun­ny­man An­ton Tay­lor, Seb is the Cape Town boytjie all (white) peo­ple know – pink, col­lared Polo shirt, likes hav­ing “mares” (crazy par­ties) on Long Street, swears at peo­ple when he doesn’t get his

way, is a dick to his girl­friend and women in gen­eral, and looks at black peo­ple as just part of the scenery – they drive your taxi home, stand guard at your com­plex, or put petrol in your tank.

Af­ter a bender at night­club Tiger Tiger, he for­gets his keys, wal­let and phone in the taxi that took him home. He swears at the se­cu­rity guard at his com­plex to let him in be­cause his stuff was “stolen”. Af­ter the se­cu­rity guard re­fuses, he lum­bers off, des­per­ate to find a place to crash for the night. But alas, it seems that Seb has burnt all his bridges. No one wants him to stay at their place. His girl­friend switches off her lights when he comes to her flat, leav­ing him yelling in the drive­way: “This is why I cheated on you Brit. You’re such a bitch!”

It shows what a tough place the world can be when you’re at the mercy of peo­ple’s good na­ture. This can prove to be es­pe­cially hard when you pretty much known for be­ing a dick.

But Keys, Money, Phone is not just a look at an ass­hole who loses his be­long­ings. What makes it great is it’s sub­tle look at white male ag­gres­sion and that sense of en­ti­tle­ment. It shows how this archetype re­acts when they’re put in the po­si­tion too many black South Africans live in – home­less, pen­ni­less and no help on the hori­zon.

Here we see a white direc­tor turn­ing the lens on his fel­low white South Africans – and de­liv­er­ing a slick, fierce so­ciopo­lit­i­cal cri­tique. – Grethe Koen

Dis­claimer: The film maker is a free­lance con­trib­u­tor to #Trend­ing. Keys, Money, Phone is mak­ing the rounds at in­de­pen­dent film fes­ti­vals around the globe and, un­for­tu­nately, will only be

open to pub­lic view­ing in 2015

BABALAAS Cape Town boytjie Seb is stranded with­out his be­long­ings af­ter a night of drink­ing

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