Daryn's Gym

  • 90'
  • South Africa
  • 2021

Daryn Miller is a cry-baby wimp, who still carries his baby fat. He isn’t a cunning businessman like his granddad, who opened a fitness club in a Johannesburg suburb 60 years ago. And, he’s definitely not a winner like his father who – as a successful bodybuilder – helped the business flourish. Under Daryn’s management, debts rise and membership decreases. On top of that, he finds a hostile competitor in Stars Fitness, a chain run by a dyed-in-the-wool career woman, who prefers to destroy her competitors instead of out-compete them.

The mockumentary-style production, portrays the local family business and a merciless multinational, as a David versus Goliath battle, in which Murphy’s law applies, yet everything comes up roses in the end. Daryn's Gym is a light, sometimes deliciously exaggerated comedy, in which multicultural South Africa isn’t the premise for intense drama, but the natural context for jokes about sex, religion, and a generation of fashionable vegans, yoga fanatics, and social media junkies.

Director
Brett Michael Innes
Country of production
South Africa
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
P&I Selection 2022
Length
90'
Medium
DCP
Languages
English, Xhosa
Producers
Brett Michael Innes, Paulo Areal
Production Companies
Nostalgia Productions, TMPC
Sales
Brett Michael Innes
Screenplay
Brett Michael Innes
Cinematography
Dino Benedetti
Editor
C.A van Aswegen
Production Design
Chantel Carter
Music
Loki Rothman
Cast
Clifford Joshua Young, Hlubi Mboya, Ayanda Seoka, Siv Ngesi, Natasha Sutherland, Deon Coetzee, Carla Classen