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An interracial gay love story set in early 18th century South Africa about two men -- a black prisoner living in a Cape Town penal colony and a Dutch sailor -- who weather injustices as a... See more »

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Rouxnet Brown ...
Claas Blank
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Virgil Niven
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Rijkhaart Jacobz
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Kate
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Elize
Terry Norton ...
Betsy
Adrienne Pierce ...
Tinnie (as Adrienne Pearce)
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Willer
Brett Goldin ...
Lourens
A.J. van der Merwe ...
Settler
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Governor
Jeroen Kranenburg ...
Scholz
Andre Samuels ...
!Nanseb
Johan Jacobs ...
Nama Prisoner
Katrina Kaffer ...
Kaness
Kwanda Malunga ...
Claas (age 10)
Illias Moseko ...
Claas's Grandfather
Andre Lindveldt ...
Minstrel
Peter van Heerden ...
Soldier
Jane Rademeyer ...
Niven's Wife
Andre Odendaal ...
Floris
Lola Dollimore ...
Niven's Daughter
Robin Smith ...
Munster
Colin le Roux ...
Hendrik
Andre Rousseau ...
De Mepesche
Edwin Angless ...
Hangman

Directed by

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John Greyson
Jack Lewis ... (uncredited)

Written by

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John Greyson ... (script)
 
Jack Lewis ... (script)
 
Jack Lewis ... (story)

Produced by

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Damon D'Oliveira ... co-producer
John Greyson ... co-producer
Anita Lee ... producer
Jack Lewis ... co-producer
Steven Markovitz ... producer
Molly Slingsby ... assistant producer
Platon Trakoshis ... producer

Music by

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Don Pyle
Andrew Zealley

Cinematography by

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Giulio Biccari

Film Editing by

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Roslyn Kalloo

Editorial Department

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Mark Karbusicky ... assistant editor
Kelly A. Morris ... on-line editor (as Kelly Morris)
Maureen van Greunen ... key cutter

Casting By

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Janet Meintjies ... (as Janet Meintjes)

Production Design by

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Tom Hannam

Art Direction by

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Tiaan van Tonder

Costume Design by

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Grant Carr
Diana Cilliers

Makeup Department

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Isabella Acerbi ... hair assistant / makeup assistant
Raine Edwards ... hair daily assistant / makeup daily assistant
Colin Polson ... hair stylist / makeup artist

Production Management

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Edwin Angless ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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GaRRReth Bird ... second assistant director (as Gareth Bird)
Shamiel Soni ... second second assistant director
Platon Trakoshis ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Pereira Debrime ... art department assistant (as Pereira Debreme)
Abdoulaye Diallo ... art department assistant
Jane Henderson ... graphic artist
Barry Koetze ... props buyer / stand-by props
Surisa Surisa ... art department assistant/buyer
Eugene Taylor ... set dresser

Sound Department

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Stef Albertyn ... adr recordist
David Appleby ... re-recording mixer
Rob Beal ... assistant sound editor (as Rob Beale)
Michele Cook ... adr editor
Ray Cook ... optical soundtrack
Christian T. Cooke ... re-recording mixer (as Christian Cooke)
Jane Crawford ... assistant sound editor
Erik Culp ... adr recordist (as Eric Culp) / foley recordist
Barry Gilmore ... dialogue editor
Steve Hammond ... foley artist
Janice Ierulli ... dialogue editor / sound supervisor
Dieter Keck ... sound recordist
Ivan Milborrow ... boom swinger (as Ivan Millbarrow)
Brent Pickett ... sound effects editor
Mark Shnuriwsky ... sound effects editor
Robert Warchol ... sound effects editor

Camera and Electrical Department

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Dave Aenmey ... aerial photographer
Peter Baker ... additional photographer
Alan Barnes ... best boy
Giulio Biccari ... camera operator
Rodger Bosch ... still photographer
Trevor de Kock ... time-lapse photographer
Bernett de Wet ... sparks
Sarel Eloff ... first assistant camera
Sindile Gulwa ... video tape operator
Richard Markham ... first assistant camera
John McKay ... gaffer
Sipho Mfengwana ... trainee grip assistant
Zola Mgwetyana ... best boy grip
Matthys Mocke ... camera operator
Ernest Mtshakazana ... grip assistant
Crispian Plunkett ... still photographer
Tony Rhode ... generator operator
Jimmy Stewart ... key grip

Casting Department

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Ross Clydesdale ... casting: Canada

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Susan Barras ... costume buyer (as Susan Pollard)
Shaida Dramat ... seamstress
Carlos Dumont ... stand-by wardrobe
Beverley Harris ... seamstress
Reza Levy ... wardrobe master
Brenda Plaatjies ... seamstress
Maureen van Greunen ... wardrobe coordinator

Location Management

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Mike Begg ... unit location manager
Emil Gertz ... location scout

Music Department

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Pamela Attariwala ... musician: viola
Sandy Baron ... musician: violin
Orly Bitov ... musician: cello
Eric Chenaux ... musician: electric guitar
Johann Lotter ... musician: viola
Dizu Plaatjies ... musician: azande harp, djemoc drums , gowhide drums , kelp horns , kudu horns , leg rattles , mbira , mrhubhe , mtshingo and uhadi
Don Pyle ... musician: other instruments and sounds
Andrew Zealley ... musician: other instruments and sounds

Transportation Department

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Gary Andrews ... unit transportation assistant
Jarrett Barr ... driver: art department
Mike Begg ... unit transport manager
Hannelie Brink ... wardrobe driver

Other crew

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Ismaa-eel Adams ... set production assistant
Gail Behrmann ... film archive researcher
Claman Chu ... title designer
Willem Damara ... translator: Nama
Nicole Ford ... office production assistant
Johan Jacobs ... dialogue coach: Nama / translator: Nama
Daoundé Kanté ... set production assistant (as Daouda Kante)
Riaan Kendricks ... production secretary
Marie Krige ... production accountant
Jaco Malan ... translator: Afrikaans
Walter Mnisi ... trainee spark
Diane Pitblado ... accent coach: Scottish
Gary Smeda ... medic
Gail Solomons ... translator: Latin
Grant Spooner ... boat coordinator
Revenia Syme ... translator: Afrikaans
Lara Taylor ... office production assistant
Janine Tilley ... production coordinator
Ria van der Merwe ... script supervisor

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

A recreation of the decade-long love affair in the 18th century in a Cape Town penal colony on Robben Island. The two lovers were a Dutch sailor imprisoned there for sodomy and a young Khoi herder. The Khoi were part of the Hottentot tribal group and as such were the untouchables of that time. The two were placed on trial and this love affair and the legal battles are the grist of Greyson and Lewis' film based partly on court transcripts from the time. In South Africa, during the 1700s, sodomy was a crime deemed worse than murder, and the fact that these two young men had indulged in it was also complicated by the fact that this was an interracial love affair. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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  • Proteus (Canada)
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  • 97 min
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Crazy Credits Beneath the opening title, the phrase 'Based on a true story' appears in Africaans, then in Dutch, and then English. See more »

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