The time has finally come for lovers of SA music to book their seats for the highly anticipated rock comedy – Stone Cold Jane Austen – The Movie.
The full length feature film, due for public release on the 22nd May 2015, is an hilarious reality-styled comedy that pushes boundaries in the entertainment world whilst taking the viewer on a journey into the lives of two loveable, yet delusional rogues, Johnny and Karel – the main members of the band Stone Cold Jane Austen.
With an all-star cast of SA celebs, Stone Cold Jane Austen – The Movie is without a doubt one of the funniest theatrical releases of 2015.
Jon Savage, writer, director and actor in the role of Johnny Van Heroine, has spent the past three years sourcing funding and convincing SA celebs to help him create this ridiculously funny, yet strangely real look at the life of a highly delusional band in the SA rock scene.
Starring acclaimed actor Rob Van Vuuren as Jon Savage’s partner in crime, the two main characters, Johnny and Karel set out on a journey of humiliation, aggressive self promotion and epic downfalls in their musical careers.
The film tackles how hard it is to achieve stardom in the SA rock music scene and shows the lengths one band will go to in order to achieve respect and recognition for their wares. Although essentially a black comedy, the film tells the story of a musician who has never given up on his dream, despite it being utterly unrealistic – and is unaffected by the lows he needs to stoop to in order to achieve it. So much so that he is convinced being an Afrikaans band will help him get famous, despite not being able to speak Afrikaans.
Jon Savage, the once lead singer of rock band Cassette, sees an amplified version of himself in the main character Johnny Van Heroine, “I remember what it was like to be a complete egomaniac in a semi-successful rock band in SA only too clearly”, he states, “We had a hugely disappointing reality check at the end of it all.”
But as a director and writer, Jon has found a niche for himself in a highly competitive creative world. Having single handedly created this movie from scratch, the amount of stars that were willing to get on board is unbelievable. High-powered musicians, TV presenters and media all participated in the opportunity to poke light-hearted fun at themselves and the industry and bring this movie to light.
Some of the artists that starred in the movie include Fokofpolisiekar, Jack Parow, Kurt Darren, Die Hewels Fantasties, The Parlotones, aKing and many more. “Everyone was amazing”, Savage recalls. “They all brought their own set of challenges and gave so generously to the movie.”
Beautifully shot and edited, Stone Cold Jane Austen is a movie that any South African can relate to – more so if they have tried their hand at making it in the music industry. The film brings the bands tragic reality to light with one of the wittiest and most risky scripts ever seen in a South African comedy.
Through relentless fund raising and diligent hard work, Savage has brought his own dream to the silver screen – a must see for music and comedy fans alike.
Stone Cold Jane Austen opens in Nu Metro cinemas on the 22nd May 2015.
View the trailer below: