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.
John is part owner of a small comedy club (The Orbit in Braamfontein) and talent management agency, GAG, he runs with his level-headed business partner Gugu Mabusa (Talitha Ndima) and his spectacularly inept agent & lawyer Freddy Mathetwa. (Tony Miyambo). And young, up and coming comedian Loy (Loyiso Madinga).
John is constantly at work setting up new gigs, collaborating with comedians, putting out and starting fires. All the while burdened with a long list of aversions, the corporate world sets his teeth on constant edge with its relentless attempts at branding and owning him. In fact, there's very little that doesn't irritate him about modernity.
His nemesis Jason Goliath (The Goliath Brothers) have set up shop in his hood pushing him to breaking point.
Each self-contained episode hinges on a guest comedian (1st ep Trevor Gumbi), their story overlapping and intertwining with John and the daily running of the club.
We have shot a pilot and would love the opportunity to pitch the series to you and present some scenes from the pilot.
We will be featuring comedians such as, Kagiso Lediga, Loyiso Gola, Joey Rasdien, Conrad Koch, Casper Devries, Riaad Moosa .... to name a few
Abomama - John is directing this series
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.