The South African cult-style, sci-fi/horror movie Fried Barry is set to premiere at the prestigious Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, California on 6 March 2020.

Fried Barry

Fried Barry follows the outlandish tale of a heroin addict whose body is hijacked by an alien visitor.

The South African genre movie marks the feature film directing debut of celebrated music video director, Ryan Kruger. The film features performances by Steve Wall (The Witcher, Vikings), Sean Cameron Michael (24, MacGyver) and Joey Cramer (Flight of The Navigator), as well as Chanelle de Jager, Sean Cameron Michael, Jonathan Pienaar, Deon Lotz and Grant Swanby.

The world premiere will take place at the Cinequest Film Festival, which was voted Best Film Festival by USA Today.  Fried Barry is not only representing South Africa, but the whole continent as it is the only African-made feature film in this year’s programme.

Cult following

The movie is a feature-length adaptation of the award-winning eponymous short film. The short has built up something of a cult following, gaining hundreds of thousands of views across platforms and over 100 examples of Fried Barry fan art.

Forgoing a traditional script, the film was mostly improvised from an outline that Kruger wrote in only three days. In his first major role, Gary Green gives an electrifying performance as the title character with the makings of a future horror icon.

Fried Barry is a first for South Africa” says Director, Ryan Kruger. “It’s encouraging to see such great excitement for a film that is so different from the rest of South African cinema.”

The film will be released in South Africa towards the end of 2020.

What: Fried Barry

Where and when:  World premiere at Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, California on 6 March 2020

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