The Bang Bang Club (2010)

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A drama based on the true-life experiences of four combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Neels Van Jaarsveld ...
Ken Oosterbroek
Nina Milner ...
Jessica Haines ...
Russel Savadier ...
Lika Berning ...
Vivian (as Lika van den Bergh)
Kgosi Mongake ...
Patrick Shai ...
Alfred Kumalo ...
Alf Khumalo (as Alf Khumalo)
Craig Palm ...
Jim (James Nachtwey)


A drama based on the true-life experiences of four combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa.

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Rated R for strong brutal violence, disturbing images, pervasive language, some drug use and sexual content | See all certifications »

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22 July 2011 (South Africa)  »

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Fotógrafos de la muerte  »

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Did You Know?


Kevin Carter's daughter Megan Carter is featured in the bar scene where she turns around and says 'you must be Ken Oosterbroek'. Standing next to her there is Kevin Carter's step daughter Sian Lloyd. See more »


In the film Kevin Carter plays the song "Just" by Radiohead on his radio show. However the song was released in 1995 after Kevin's death. See more »


Kevin Carter: They're right. All those people who say it's our job to just sit and watch people die. They're right.
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Photos of the five main characters are juxtaposed against photos of their real life counterparts. See more »


Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.14 (2011) See more »


Bang Bang
Written by Joe Cuba and Jimmy Sabater
Performed by Joe Cuba
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A beautifully shot film for the amateur photographer or historian
7 September 2011 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This film was a nice surprise; I'd not heard of it before I saw it. The set up is a group of intrepid South African photographers who want to go out and document the troubles surrounding the end of apartheid - a story of incomparable significance at that time. These fours guys each have their own unique personality and reactions to the events but share a desire to get the facts on film (and not just report on the contrived political goings on). They risk life and limb in riots and battles that were fought, very graphically here, within the townships - traditionally no go areas for white people.

The fact that the director (Steven Silver) managed to fit into the running time enough detail on each photographer for sufficient back story, plus was able to project the historical concept but tread lightly enough to not offend those that were caught up in it, was impressive. You could imagine, with a sufficient budget, the book morphing into a mini-series. The performances of the actors (in particular the one playing the black South African who'd recently lost his family) were believable, engaging and consistent.

There is included a romantic story - one which is based on real facts and thus one which must be included in any film which has hopes of scoring successfully at the box office. The story was true and therefor wasn't unnecessary, and added to the sympathy for some South Africans who were obviously against the mistreatment of their countrymen.

The overall feel of the film was one which was not overly 'Hollywood', yet still will be accessible to those who prefer western-style production. As a film about photography the images - still and moving - were beautiful and emotionally very captivating.

Anyone who has an interest in photography and/or social history should not miss this.

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