Michael Cross is a Durban-based filmmaker who has spent more than 20 years producing documentaries that illuminate artists and individuals. His most recent film, “The Fun’s Not Over – The James Phillips Story” premiered at the 2018 Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival where it won the Audience Award for Best South African Documentary.
James Phillips, who died aged 36 in July 1995, was a composer, musician, bandleader and the voice and conscience of a generation of white South Africans. “The Fun’s Not Over” tells James’ story in his own words and through the voices of journalists like Max du Preez, satirists Zapiro and Pieter Dirk Uys, his musical collaborators and label-mates like Koos Kombuis and Vusi Mahlesela and his friends and family.
I sit down with Michael for a spiff conversation about it all.
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