Trailer

BILLY MONK: A SHOT IN THE DARK

“Monk used his Pentax like Hemingway did his royal typewriter, beautifully rendering brutal stories.``

Fifty years since Billy Monk photographed underground culture in dockside Cape Town, this intimate short documentary brings together the key characters in his tragic story.

Monk’s stark camera flash and quick eye revealed bizarre scenes and fleeting moments that provide a refreshing take on the imagery we typically see from that period. It’s a hidden world of sailors and ‘sugar girls’, live jazz and rock ‘n roll, mixing of cultures and uninhibited joy.

  • Craig Cameron-Mackintosh
  • Kyle Wales / Cait Panesgrouw
  • Pierre De Villiers