City of Film: Roger Young’s Cape Town

At 17 years old Roger Young packed up his camera and ran away from the suburb of Westville, near the South African city of Durban. He traveled up the coast to Cape Town, where he has lived intermittently in the years since, establishing an award-winning career as a filmmaker.

 

After a family tragedy struck in his late twenties, Roger spent nearly a decade living on the streets and grappled with addiction—an experience that has given him a raw perspective of how Cape Town weaves together. His recent work highlights how the city, in the filmmaker’s words, “is still divided along the geographical lines of apartheid, and very unequal.” Having started his career at such a young age, Roger understands the challenges young South African filmmakers face and also works to improve opportunities for local emerging talent.

 

Here’s the interactive map of Roger’s suggestions and to read the entire article, please check Hayo No. 1: South.

 

City on Film: Roger Young’s View of Cape Town

By Hayo Magazine

  • Bakoven Beach

    By Hayo Magazine

    It’s really tiny. Everyone knows about it. There’s no parking and it’s situated in a way that the rocks shelter the beach. The beach is maybe 10 to 15 meters across, and because the rocks go far into the sea there are no waves.

  • Beijing Opera

    By Hayo Magazine

    A dim sum bar in the city. The restaurant is designed beautifully and has the best dim sum experience in the city.

  • Lefty's

    By Hayo Magazine

    Punk rock dive bar. Americ

  • Erf 81 Food Market

    By Hayo Magazine

    It’s all organic, locally grown food and overlooks the city in a really beautiful setting.

  • Kimberley Hotel

    By Hayo Magazine

    Search the cheapest beds available at the Kimberly Hotel Backpackers hostel in Cape Town, South Africa. Book Kimberly Hotel Backpackers hostel and check out reviews …

  • EVOL

    By Hayo Magazine

    Friday nights only—and it is the ultimate art school place. The walls are pain ted black as the soul of a fine art professor. It’s been there for over 10 years.

  • Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

    By Hayo Magazine

    The only place I go for cocktails. It’s quite expensive, but it has a beautiful garden and it’s a really chill place.

  • The Waiting Room

    By Hayo Magazine

    old school hip hop

  • Blank Projects

    By Hayo Magazine

    Blank Projects is the contemporary gallery where the real experimentation is happening.

  • WHATIFTHEWORLD

    By Hayo Magazine

    Great job curating mostly the new art stars, and it’s in an old church building so it’s a beautiful space.

  • South African National Gallery

    By Hayo Magazine

    iIt has an amazing retrospective of South African art and is always showing new works from more established artists.

  • YOURSTRULY

    By Hayo Magazine

    All the kids hang out at YOURSTRULY on Kloof Street, which is a fairly overpriced coffee bar with an upstairs section where people can stay until later in the night.

  • Truth

    By Hayo Magazine

    The better actual coffee is at Truth on Buitenkant Street.

 

Interview by Joanna Riquett
Portrait by Mads Nørgaard

Joanna Riquett
Joanna Riquett

Joanna is the founder and Editor-In-Chief of Hayo Magazine. Her areas of expertise include content strategy, travel writing, community building, and creative explorations around publishing and media.

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