Necktie Youth (South Africa: 2015)


Sibs Shongwe-La Mer

Cast list

Bonko Cosmo Khoza     ... Jabz

Sibs Shongwe-La Mer   ... September

Kelly Bates                       ... Emily

Emma Tollman               ... Nikki

Colleen Balchin               ... Tanya

Kamogelo Moloi              ... Bogosi

Ricci-Lee Kalish              ... Rafi

Giovanna Winetzki         ... Tali


Executive Producer: Elias Ribeiro

Written by: Sibs Shongwe-La Mer

Cinematographer: Chuanne Blofield

Edited by: Matthew Swanepoel, Sibs Shongwe La-Mer, Candice Frank


On the anniversary of the Soweto Youth Uprising, young suburbanite, Emily, live streams her suicide outside of her family home setting off a series of vignettes depicting the aftermath of her death amongst her peers. Jabz and September, two disillusioned twenty-something-year-old members of the nouveau-riche, drift through the affluent suburbs in post-apartheid Johannesburg seeking meaning in drugs and sex after the death of their friend.


Buder, Emily. "Tribeca Review: Drugs and Sex Define 'Necktie Youth', a South African 'Kids'." IndieWire, 20 Apr. 2015,

Lodge, Guy. "Tribeca Film Review: 'Necktie Youth'." Variety, 19 Apr. 2015,

Academic Articles

Falkof, Nicky. “Smooth Dudes and Fucked Up Kids: Black Men in Two Contemporary South African Films.” Feminist Media Studies, vol. 16, no. 1, 2015, pp. 176-178.

Rijsdijk, Ian Malcolm.  “Framing Democracy in Post-Democracy South Africa.” The Routledge Companion to World Cinema, edited by Rob Stone, Paul Cooke, Stephanie Dennison, Alex Marlow-Mann, Routledge, 2017, pp. 73-86.

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