THE PARLOTONES

By Michelle PRETORIUS

NATIONAL FILM & VIDEO FOUNDATION OF SOUTH AFRICA - as FIN

Documentary - Production 2015

“The behind the scenes story of The Parlotones, South Africa’s biggest rock band”

    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • SOUTH AFRICA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 105 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Michelle PRETORIUS
    • Writer(s)
    • Michelle PRETORIUS
    • Producer(s)
    • Michelle PRETORIUS, Bruce MACDONALD, Murray MACDONALD, Craig JONES, Mickie BIRKETT
    • Synopsis
    • This is our story
      The Parlotones from Africa to America chronicles the 14 year history of the alternative rock band. Starting with their origin in drummer Neil's dad's garage, struggling through years of having to juggle day jobs with performances and tours to becoming South Africa's biggest rock band. An inspirational story of perseverance, talent and intelligence propelled this band to where they are today. It was never an easy road, it was a lot of sacrifice, juggling day jobs with performances at night. Often getting home at 5am and then having to go to the day job. Holidays were used for touring.
      The Parlotones paved the way for high quality music videos including exceptional animation videos in South Africa. They staged Africa's first ever 3D rock theatre show Dragonflies and Astronauts.
      The journey continued internationally first going to Europe and the UK and then relocating for 2 years to Los Angeles, starting from scratch again. Their fan base transcends age, race and religion.
      The viewer gets the opportunity to go along for the journey of behind the scenes for 15 years, spanning their career. Behind the commercial success is a very human story of having a dream and following it at all costs
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