Short Film Review – Keys, Money, Phone: Anatomy of a dick

2014-08-12 12:00

Keys, Money, Phone

Director: Roger Young

Producer: Shanna Freedman / Muti Films

Starring: Anton Taylor, Bongani Titana, Amy Louise Wilson

Keys, Money, Phone, the winner of the Durban International Film Festival’s award for best South African short, follows a Cape Town oke called Seb who loses his keys, money and phone.

Played convincingly by YouTube funnyman Anton Taylor, Seb is the Cape Town boytjie all (white) people know – pink, collared Polo shirt, likes having “mares” (crazy parties) on Long Street, swears at people when he doesn’t get his way, is a dick to his girlfriend and women in general, and looks at black people as just part of the scenery – they drive your taxi home, stand guard at your complex, or put petrol in your tank.

After a bender at nightclub Tiger Tiger, he forgets his keys, wallet and phone in the taxi that took him home.

He swears at the security guard at his complex to let him in because his stuff was “stolen”.

After the security guard refuses, he lumbers off, desperate to find a place to crash for the night.

But alas, it seems that Seb has burnt all his bridges. No one wants him to stay at their place.

His girlfriend switches off her lights when he comes to her flat, leaving him yelling in the driveway: “This is why I cheated on you Brit. You’re such a bitch!”

It shows what a tough place the world can be when you’re at the mercy of people’s good nature.

This can prove to be especially hard when you pretty much known for being a dick.

But Keys, Money, Phone is not just a look at an asshole who loses his belongings.

What makes it great is it’s subtle look at white male aggression and that sense of entitlement.

It shows how this archetype reacts when they’re put in the position too many black South Africans live in – homeless, penniless and no help on the horizon.

Here we see a white director turning the lens on his fellow white South Africans – and delivering a slick, fierce sociopolitical critique.

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