09 Feb Skate City | A Short Film by Jonathan Kyriakou
In his short film Skate City, photographer and cinematographer Jonathan Kyriakou (aka Jono Kay) focuses on the lifestyle that forms such an intrinsic part of the sport of skateboarding. Unlike so many other skateboarding films, Jono moves the lens away from the tricks landed and, instead, gives us a behind the scenes look at the Cape Town skating scene.
In Skate City, Jono combines two of his great passions – skateboarding and urban space. The film follows different Cape Town skateboarders and their interactions with – and exploration of – their city. In the extract shown here, we see skaters Shuaib Philander, head of 20sk8; long-time Hout Bay resident MJ Johnson; and Andrew Nero, founder of Africa Skate. The men explain how they experience and explore their surroundings in different ways daily; their boards allowing them to cross both physical and social boundaries. Jono tells the story with quiet, slowed down scenes often focusing more on the natural or urban surroundings than the skateboarders themselves.
About his process, Jono says, “I started shooting some of the peripheral activities on our normal skate missions and then later decided that I wanted to use the skaters’ own words as the narrative. After the narrative was constructed it became about shooting the missing imagery.”
Last year, the film received an overall second place at the Wavescape Shortcuts Competition in collaboration with Red Bull Media House.
Jono isn’t giving too much away about his future plans, but we can definitely look forward to a photography exhibition at the Bello Studio and a feature length documentary focusing on the Johannesburg CBD to start filming in May.