Date: 18th January 2014 to 19th January 2014
Searching for Sugar Man is a documentary film directed by Malik Bendjelloul, which details the efforts of two Cape Town fans in the late 1990s, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman and Craig Bartholomew Strydom, to find out what became of the American musician Sixto Rodriguez whose career initially proved short lived, with two little-sold albums featuring songs like “Sugarman”, “Inner City Blues”, “I Wonder” and “Rich Folks Hoax” amongst others from his Cold Fact album and Coming from Reality Album featuring “I Think of You”, Silver Words?” and “It Started Out So Nice”.
Unbeknownst to Rodriguez, however, his work became extremely successful and influential in South Africa and at one point in time more famous than Elvis Presley to South African fans, although he was mistakenly rumored to have committed suicide.
Unfortunately, Rodriguez's music, never took off in the United States.
On 10 February 2013, the film won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary at the 66th British Academy Film Awards in London, and two weeks later it won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood.
Searching for Sugarman will be shown at The John Rupert Theatre as a Saturday Matinee movie on Saturday, 18 January 2014, Tickets R10 and available at the door. Film starts at 2pm.