World premier of a documentary about the life and work of brilliant South African comedian, Pieter-Dirk Uys.|
In Nobody’s Died Laughing, the film takes a close look at the man behind all the famous characters, the humanitarian and his educational AIDS awareness work, for which he has received international acclaim – on a journey from Cape Town, Johannesburg, Grahamstown, Stellenbosch to London, Berlin and his home in Darling.
“The documentary captures a man and a lifetime commitment to a country by using satire to affect change,” explains filmmaker Willem Oelofse. “I found it fascinating that after 50 years in the entertainment industry Pieter-Dirk Uys was still working at the same pace and with the same vigour as when he started.|
In 2015 we simply picked up a camera and started following him around wherever he went: performing in Berlin or the Cape Flats, and watching him teach a room full of teenagers about safe sex.
I believe audiences will be intrigued to experience more about the man who refuses to be silenced while using the arts as his weapon against discrimination and confronting intolerance.”
The film also includes never before seen archive footage, performances and interviews with Desmond Tutu, Charlize Theron, Lizz Meiring, Anna-Mart van der Merwe, FW De Klerk, Janet Suzman, Thoko Ntshinga, David Kramer, Zolani Mahola, Vincent Ebrahim, Professor David Gere, Eric Abraham, Sophia Loren, Jonathan Shapiro and many more, with footage of Tessa Uys and Nelson Mandela.