Fantastic films at Open Book 2014

Open Book, Cape Town’s favourite literary festival includes an exciting film programme this year.


Hosted at the Labia Theatre on Orange Street from Thursday the 18th to Sunday the 21st September, the line-up includes fascinating feature-length documentaries that will resonate with anyone with literary inclinations.

Narrated by Meryl Streep, Out of Print asks tough questions about the future of the printed book in an increasingly digital world. The screening will be followed by an informal discussion with well-known local technopreneur Arthur Attwell.


Diaries of a Dissident Poet, a new film by Cape Town director Shelley Barry, provides an intimate look at the life and times of legendary South African struggle poet James Matthews. The irrepressible Mr. Matthews will participate in a Q&A session following the film.


James Matthews

Australian author, journalist and Open Book guest Antony Loewenstein will present a sneak preview of his forthcoming documentary Disaster Capitalism before a special screening of Four Horsemen, a no-holds-barred exposé of 21st century politics and economics.


For decades, celebrated American author Gore Vidal was one of the world’s most outspoken political and cultural critics, not least when it came to questions about the country of his birth. Gore Vidal – The United States of Amnesia is a beautifully crafted biopic that pays tribute to this most public of intellectuals and his extraordinary life.

Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal

Consult the full programme for more details, including screening times, trailers and film synopses.

Dates: Thursday 18 September to Sunday 21 September 2014

Venue: The Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town

Tickets: R40

To reserve tickets now, call the Labia box office at 021 424 5927

To buy tickets online now, visit

Webtickets online

For further information, contact Dougie Dudgeon (082 560 2296 | or Andreas Wilson-Späth (084 749 9470 |

The film programme of Open Book Cape Town 2014 is a joint project of While You Were Sleeping and Open Book. While You Were Sleeping is a Cape Town-based non-profit collective committed to bringing progressive documentary films with important social, political and environmental messages to South African audiences. While You Were Sleeping is a registered South African Non Profit Organisation (NPO registration no: 137-167 NPO).


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