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Black Butterflies -- A Tribeca Film. Award-winning biopic about poet Ingrid Jonker, regarded as South Africa's Sylvia Plath, as she finds her freedom in the height of 1960's Apartheid by scripting verse amidst a series of stormy love affairs.
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Her words united a whole continent. [Scandinavian DVD.]
In apartheid-torn South Africa, poet Ingrid Jonker struggles tragically in search of love and a sense of home. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Carice van Houten ... Ingrid Jonker

Liam Cunningham ... Jack Cope

Rutger Hauer ... Abraham Jonker
Graham Clarke ... Uys Krige

Nicholas Pauling ... Eugene Maritz

Candice D'Arcy ... Anna Jonker
Ceridwen Morris ... Marjorie

Grant Swanby ... Jan Rabie
Waldemar Schultz ... Etienne le Roux
Tarryn Page ... Irma
Louis Pretorius ... Mike Loots

Damon Berry ... Pieter Venter
Martinus Van Der Berg ... Marius Schoon (as Marthinus Van den Berg)
Florence Masebe ... Maria
Jennifer Steyn ... Lucille Jonker (Lulu)
Thami Mbongo ... Nkosi (as Thamsanqua Mbongo)
Nicholas Allers ... Elderly man
Diane Wilson ... Ouma
Euodia Sampson ... Muslim woman
Albert Maritz ... Bus conductor
Shannyn Fourie ... Eugene's wife
Sylvia Esau ... Woman in Nyanga
Peter Butler ... Man in bus
Chris Majiedt ... Fisherman
Sabrina Oschmann ... Young Ingrid
Fallin Robertson ... Young Anna
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gary Green ... Artist
Sabine Soetanto

Leon Clingman ... Valkenberg receptionist (uncredited)

Directed by
Paula van der Oest 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Greg Latter 

Produced by
Michael Auret .... producer
Marina Blok .... co-producer: NTR
Richard Claus .... producer
Arnold Heslenfeld .... executive producer
Amanda Law .... line producer
Petra Pechackova .... associate producer
Frans van Gestel .... producer
Arry Voorsmit .... producer
Original Music by
Philip Miller 
Cinematography by
Giulio Biccari (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sander Vos 
Casting by
Ana Feyder  (as Anna Feyder)
Job Gosschalk 
Christa Schamberger 
Jeremy Zimmermann  (as Jeremy Zimmerman)
Production Design by
Darryl Hammer 
Art Direction by
Darryl Hammer 
Set Decoration by
Ashleigh Tobias 
Costume Design by
Rae Donnelly 
Makeup Department
Shanaaz Alexander .... assistant makeup artist
Raine Edwards .... makeup department head
Francesca Van Der Feyst .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Amanda Law .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Graham Hickson .... first assistant director
Reinier Smit .... assistant director
Reinier Smit .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Mark Risk .... storyboard artist
Surisa Surisa .... property master
Sound Department
Barry Donnelly .... dialogue editor
Barry Donnelly .... re-recording mixer
Barry Donnelly .... supervising sound editor
Philip Olckers .... foley artist
Philip Olckers .... second assistant sound editor
Michaël Sauvage .... adr recordist (as Michael Sauvage)
James Shannon .... dolby sound consultant
Mark Shehab .... assistant sound editor
Mark Shehab .... foley recordist
Visual Effects by
Graeme Armstrong .... compositor
Jeremy Hattingh .... visual effects supervisor
Kailyn Johnson .... visual effects artist
Louise Mycielski .... visual effects coordinator
Fir Suidema .... visual effects artist
Fir Suidema .... visual effects coordinator
Andre Van Der Merwe .... visual effects producer
Paul Pieterse .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Billy Charlton .... camera operator: b cam
Philip Francis .... first assistant camera
Zane Kassiem .... grip
Zak Katz .... set digital image technician
Djuma Masudi .... grip
Jefri Meintjes .... second assistant a-camera
Zak O'Leary .... key grip (as Zak 'Ebenezzer' O'Leary)
Coco Van Oppens .... videographer
Adi Visser .... steadicam operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carol Isaacs .... wardrobe supervisor
Claudia Littlefield .... costume supervisor
Terence Norman .... key costumer
Lynn Paulsen .... textile artist
Editorial Department
Donovan Bush .... colorist
Heino Henning .... on-line editor
Louise Mycielski .... post-production coordinator
Tahnee Wright .... post coordinator south ffrica
Location Management
Jerome Williams .... location assistant
Music Department
Gavan Eckhart .... musical director
Mark van den Oever .... music clearance services
Transportation Department
Andre Bennett .... driver
Winnie Weber .... driver: cast
Other crew
Angelique de Kock .... accounts cashier
Amanda Kotze .... assistant accountant
Jason Martin .... assistant marine coordinator
Reinier Smit .... script supervisor
Arry Voorsmit .... development executive
Roland Wigman .... legal counsel

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100 min
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Carice van Houten and Liam Cunningham would go on to star in the HBO series "Game of Thrones" together.See more »
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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Poetic tantrums, 25 January 2013
Author: p-stepien from United Kingdom

"Black Butterflies", a biographical drama imagining the life and times of famed Afrikaner poet Ingrid Jonker (played with a distracting non-afrikaans accent by Carice van Houten), ventures through uneasy territory of a manic-depressive egocentric leech, who happens per chance to also be a brilliant poet. Focused mainly around her tentative affair with acclaimed novelist Jack Cope (Liam Cunningham), it also features subplots regarding her promiscuous behaviour and romance with Eugene Maritz (Nicholas Pauling), de facto a cryptic Andre Brink, and her conflicted relationship with her father Abraham Jonker (Rutger Hauer), who headed the censorship department of the Apartheid government.

Through her tribulations (without much trials) the audience in swept into the demented and self-absorbed world of the poet with destructive tendencies and little more than a fleeting regard for anything outside of her own virtual obsessions and hyperbolized melodrama. Director Paula van der Oest and scriptwriter Greg Latter leave little sympathy for Ingrid Jonker, portraying her as compulsive, impulsive, bordering on alcoholic, accusatory in nature, morally repugnant with overwhelming inclinations towards destroying everything around her during her turbulent emotional whirlwinds, including overwhelming contemptuous disregard towards her own child. Nonetheless Ingrid remains fascinating and magnetic as a poet epitomised by her internal contradictions and fragility. If this movie was aimed at being an elegy towards the revered writer, than sadly it has failed. But as a character study of a troubled and turbulent individual, which by teasing brilliance ends up spiralling into despair and manic annihilation, it is a captivating experience.

Despite her obvious issues with keeping an accent and the resulting meandering articulation Carice van Houten still manages to convey the obsessive Ingrid with her crippling character disorders. Nonetheless, despite much more limited screen time, she is indiscriminately overshadowed by Liam Cunningham and Rutger Hauer, who come en force in their respective roles. Nonetheless, script-wise the interactions between father and daughter feel dauntlessly underlined, not following through on the key importance of this relationship to Jonker's writings. Filtered through some brilliant cinematography and restrained direction with a touch of poetic artistry, the overall experience was extremely enticing, even if the divisive character of Ingrid Jonker is bound to push all the wrong buttons for many viewers.

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