German artist Bela Sobottke recently did some fan art of Joe Bullet after seeing the film at the Berlin Film Festival. We interviewed him for our readers.
+ Where do you live?
I live in Berlin, Germany.
+ What work do you do?
I work as a freelance comic-strip artist and graphic designer.
+ What do you like to draw/what inspires you?
I draw various stuff to pay my bills… But what I really love to draw is weird and fun genre comics. My current release KEINER KILLT SO SCHÖN WIE ROCCO is a weird western with lots of misfit characters, monsters, mutants and Apache zombies. You can catch a glimpse at https://vimeo.com/channels/2werk.
A lot of my inspiration comes from the movies, especially Exploitation and Grindhouse: Horror, Spaghetti Western, Blaxploitation… Which leads us to JOE BULLET!
+ What made you fall in love with Joe Bullet?
I saw JOE BULLET at the Berlinale (along with UMBANGO). I was instantly hooked by the cool characters, the tough action, the charismatic lead actor Ken Gampu, the groovy music (If you release the Soundtrack I’m the first to buy it) and the Blaxploitation feeling paired with that specific african vibe. Plus there is the special background story about JOE BULLET, the inhuman Apartheid circumstances, the ban, the myth… and finally the rediscovery. When Benjamin Cowley mentioned the sequel BULLET ON THE RUN after the screening, I immediately had this movie poster on my mind…
+ What is a quote you live by?
“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” Hunter S. Thompson
Joe Bullet is having it’s North African premier at the Carthage International Film Festival this week.
2 Dec 3:30pm at “Rio Cinema”
5 Dec 8:30pm at “Mondial Cinema”
In other news, our Trompie DVD is available at selected Musica stores and from our website www.gravelroadafrica.com. For only R99.99, own your own personal copy of this South African film from 1975.
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Gravel Road CEO was recently up in New York for the screening of “Joe Bullet” – our restored South African film which was banned in the 70’s. Here are some photos of his time here and how he rocked New York an L.A. in proudly South African style!
In New York this month, “Joe Bullet” is screening at the MoMA Museum of Modern Art. The screening will take place on the 8th + 13th of November.
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Fast Facts about Joe Bullet
+ Stars: Ken Gampu, Abigail Kubeka, Joe Lopez, Jimmy Sabe, Cocky Tlholthalemaje,Matthew Molete, Sidney Charma
+ Genre: Action, Blaxploitation
+ Directed By: Louis de Witt
+ Synopsis: In the criminal underworld of soccer, one man will have to save the championship! When local soccer team “The Eagles” fall prey to a series of onslaughts from a mysterious gangster only a week before the championship final, the team turns to the one man that can help save their chances at victory – Joe Bullet.
framegrab from “Mandla”
+ We’re on kykNET’s “Flits” Channel 144 DSTV tonight! Tune in at 9:30pm as CEO Ben speaks about #RetroAfrika
+ We’re screening “Joe Bullet”, “Fishy Stones”, “Umbango” and “Trompie” in Johannesburg in association with The Bioscope Independent Cinema between 24th-26th October. More here (including where you can buy tickets)
+ We have a YouTube Channel with trailers for our films
+ “Joe Bullet” will be showcased at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on 8th & 13th
November as part of the “To Save and Project” Film Preservation Festival
+ Soon “Trompie” will be available in Musica (South Africa) nationwide
+ “Joe Bullet” will be screened at the Carthage International Film Festival in Tunisia in December
framegrab from “Trompie” screening in Johannesburg 24-26 October
framegrab from “Fishy Stones” screening in Johannesburg 24-26 October
framegrab from “Umbango” screening in Johannesburg 24-26 October
Our CEO Ben Cowley is currently in France for the “Lumiere Film Festival & Classic Film Market” in Lyon! Retro Afrika will be exhibiting some retro titles at the Classic Film Market as well as its restoration services. Think of him from October 15th-18th! We wish him all the best!