South African Filmmaker

In the Pipeline

We’re busy, busy, with the feature film Lolly (written Lev David & John Barker and directed by John), about infamous South African businessman, "The King of Teaze" Lolly Jackson, who was gunned down 2010. The movie is in production, as well as the series. The script for the movie, Lolly, has been chosen for the IFP in New York in September 2017.

Also underway are feature films The Umbrella Men, Kalah Black and Burning Man as well as the GAG series.

Completed Projects

Wonder Boy for President  This movie features many of Barker's collaborators from Bunny Chow, and it has been brought to light through the Dog Pack collective; which includes Saki Bergh, Kagiso Lediga, Dave Kibuuka, Leanne Kumalo, Joey Rasdien and Zeno Petersen. 

And as you can see from the images, it's all very serious. Not a satirical- tongue-in-cheek or a hint of a mockumenary anywhere. Wonder Boy - the man we all need to speak to... The film is now finished and was well received by all audiences across South Africa and the DVD is for sale.


Looking for the vision of a director with the creativity of a writer and the balls of a producer? Contact us to set up brainstorms, scripts, networking with SA's finest, writing up a storm and directing your project to success.

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Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP): Script selected for the feature film, Lolly (written Lev David & John Barker and directed by John).

Jozi Film Festival: Wonder Boy for President

Bunny Chow: Opening Film at Sithengi (Gala Event) and selected for the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Tiger Awards, AFI Fest, the Raindance Film Festival, Sydney International Film Festival, the San Francisco Film Festival  and the Toronto International Film Festival, as well as being picked up by MTV Europe, distributed in Europe by Dogwoof, and Global Lens in North America.

L’Atalier Festival de Cannes 2009: Script for Umbrella Men

Sithengi: Most Promising Director

“Storytelling is important. I enjoy the collaborative aspect and process of film making. I love that it requires so many talented people from different departments and all walks of life, coming together to make an idea work. I also love being on set.” John Barker, Writer & Director.