Steph, an Afrikaner, struggles with his past and heritage in the new South Africa. When his girlfriend befriends a black South African man called Vusisizwe trouble brews.

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Steph Oosthuizen
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Emma Hughes
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Vusisizwe (Joseph)
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Bingo
Ingrid Emslie ...
Rhona
Anton Smuts ...
Tront
Peter Krummeck ...
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Ian Jepson ...
Youngh Steph
Shirley Johnstone ...
Steph's Mother
Iain Bruce ...
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Rika
Sikhona Goldwana ...
Phindi
Hayley Burger ...
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Marize Nel ...
Cabaret Dancer
Claire Saunders ...
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Steph, an Afrikaner, struggles with his past and heritage in the new South Africa. When his girlfriend befriends a black South African man called Vusisizwe trouble brews.

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Great acting... but the shoestring budget really shows
2 February 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This film was based on the director's own play 'Soweto's Burning'. It's a powerful story of testing the bounds of apartheid through friendship, love and hate.

Paul Bettany plays Steph, the reluctant Afrikaan soldier who's pushed to his limits by the events that unfold. Louise Lombard is Emma, Steph's girlfriend, and friend to Joseph, the black man played by Ariyon Bakare.

The story is engaging, and the performances by the 3 leads are brilliant. Particularly Bettany, who manages to pull off this complex character without any difficulty.

With better direction and cinematography this film would have been really great, but instead, the excellent plot is tied down by the TV-series-like style. The entire movie was filmed in just a few locations, and gives the impression of being too closely adapted from the play on a shoestring budget. The essence of Africa which is so important to this story was slightly lost through all this.

Overall, a good drama, and surely one of it's kind. Great dialogue, a powerful story and engaging performances from the actors.


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