The Bioscope is the only independent art house and cultural cinema in Johannesburg and celebrated it’s 1st birthday yesterday. You can enjoy local and international films as well as cult or classic films. The theatre is open 6 days a week and can seat 75 people. You should definitely click here to see the complete event listing and take a trip into town to experience it.
Now to the film… Adrian Loveland is the mastermind behind Unhinged: Surviving Joburg and it was the perfect introduction to Johannesburg for the Americans. The movie takes the form of a documentary and is a honest representation of life in Joburg. It includes trivial factoids, great humour and a soundtrack that will get your foot tapping. It left me feeling inspired and wanting to change the world! Follow the link to see the trailer. And if the trailer takes your fancy (and I know it will), you can then order the DVD online.
After the movie we went next door to PataPata restaurant. I fell in love with the decor and ambience immediately. There is cushioned bench seating on the one side of the restaurant with many plugpoints which is absolutely great when you need to take your laptop to coffee. The rest of the furniture consists of antique looking armchairs, plain wooden tables, and rectangular ottomans that have been covered in that hessian material used for packaging coffee beans. The menu is written on the space above the glass windows which has been painted in that blackboard/chalkboard paint.
It was then time to order some food. I had a divine vegetable soup for mains and for dessert, malva pudding and custard. I really loved how they brought the utensils on those “traditional” metal plates. Above all, I was most impressed that for the 5 of us, the bill came to just under R500.00 – and we’d had cocktails too.
I definitely want to go The Bioscope again followed by another hearty meal at PataPata. Maybe you’ll join me?
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