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MTV Films boarding ‘Bunny Chow’

Barker-helmed pic made for just $150,000

JOHANNESBURG — MTV Films Europe has boarded low-budget South African indie comedy “Bunny Chow” as a co-producer, just ahead of its world premiere Monday in the Toronto Film Festival’s Vanguard sidebar.

The debut feature of director John Barker and his small team of guerrilla filmmakers at Dog Pack Films, “Bunny Chow” was shot in black-and-white on a shoestring budget of just $150,000.

The title of the South African urban comedy refers to a popular local street food in which the inside of a loaf of bread is scooped out and replaced with curry.

Pic follows three young black comedians — local standups David Kibuuka, Kagiso Lediga and Joey Rasdien — on a crazy road trip to Oppikoppi, a rock festival held annually on a farm north of Johannesburg.

South African production company DV8 Films, which promotes the development of local feature production, is handling international sales and distribution. SABC2, the National Film & Video Foundation and Ster-Kinekor Distribution have boarded locally as partners.

“Bunny Chow” will be released nationwide in South Africa by Ster-Kinekor Distribution in early 2007.

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