Playing the Changes – the Film

A documentary film about Catherine and Darius Brubeck’s years in South Africa is currently showing at Film Festivals around the world.

Film poster for Playing the Changes documentary

The film charts the couple’s transformational impact on the South African contemporary music scene as they set up the first jazz degree course in the country at the University of Kwazulu-Natal. A multicultural band calling themselves The Jazzanians grew out of the course in spite of the restrictions on racial mixing imposed by apartheid.

View the trailer, above, or the longer promotional vimeo video.

See below for showings and dates.

Catherine Brubeck

Catherine Brubeck, a South African, has worked in events organization, publishing, and artist management (specializing in jazz) in America, South Africa, and the UK. She was the Project Manager at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, initiating and organizing extra-curricular projects and events. 

Film dates 2024

l’Europe autour de l’Europe Film Festival – Paris (World premiere)April 8th
RiverRun Film Festival – North Carolina (American premiere)April 22nd + 23rd
Beyond Hollywood International Film Festival – Los AngelesBetween April 25th – 28 to be confirmed
Music Film Festival – Tilburg (NL)September 7th

Some stills from the film

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