The first of two premiere screenings took place at The Labia theatre in Cape Town and the Killarney Mall cinecentre . Guests and friends in attendance included world-renowned artist William Kentridge, musician Andy ‘The Admiral’ Kasrils and singer-songwriter, Arno Carstens.
“He has been one of the country’s most colourful artists since his arrival on the South African art scene in the ’80s and, in this film, we peel back the layers around Beezy,” said Paulene Abrey, Outsider producer at Deepend Films.
“The film is a conversation with not only the artist, but also with critics, colleagues and collaborators. In these dialogues we’ve found one consistent sentiment and that is that, in spite of being called everything from a joker and provocateur to an outsider, for constantly challenging and questioning the mainstream art world, Bailey has left and continues to leave his mark both locally and internationally. He is interesting, energetic, witty and a creative force to be reckoned with.”
On filming his story, Bailey said: “The experience of making this documentary was an intense moment of retrospective soul searching for someone who is used to walking along the path of life looking forward. It was an extraordinary experience looking back along the path that I have followed as an artist the results of which create a full picture of this interesting journey.”
“We encourage every South African to watch Outsider and to support local productions in general,” concluded Abrey.