Billy Monk – Shot in the Dark

Billy Monk. A 1960s Cape Town legend whose black and white photographs of dockside nightlife reveal an underground South Africa, untouched by the division of apartheid. His own tragic story is equally as colourful.

  • Craig Cameron-Mackintosh
  • Pierre de Villiers
  • Cait Pansegrouw
    The Wound
  • Craig Cameron-Mackintosh
  • David Monk
    Key Cast
  • Jac de Villiers
    Key Cast
  • Lin Sampson
    Key Cast
  • David Goldblatt
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    36 minutes 51 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 6, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    South Africa
  • Country of Filming:
    South Africa
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
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Director Biography - Craig Cameron-Mackintosh

Craig Cameron-Mackintosh is an artist, writer and filmmaker based in Cape Town, South Africa. 'Billy Monk – Shot in the Dark' is his first documentary which pays homage to the late Billy Monk and his evocative black and white photographs in an intimate and stylised short film.

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Director Statement

'Billy Monk – Shot in the Dark' is a celebration of a little-known slice of South Africa's history. Through Billy Monk's photographs and his own tragic story, I aim to shine a light on the many marginalised communities that existed in Cape Town in the late '60s. This is a film about Billy Monk but also about inclusion, joy and just having a good time, despite the situation.