It's South Africa, 1990. Two major events are about to happen: The release of Nelson Mandela and, more importantly, it's Spud Milton's first year at an elite boys only private boarding school. John Milton is a boy from an ordinary background who wins a scholarship to a private school in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Surrounded by boys with nicknames like Gecko, Rambo, Rain Man and Mad Dog, Spud has his hands full trying to adapt to his new home. Along the way Spud takes his first tentative steps along the path to manhood. (The path it seems could be a rather long road). Spud is an only child. He is cursed with parents from well beyond the lunatic fringe and a senile granny. His dad is a fervent anti-communist who is paranoid that the family domestic worker is running a shebeen from her room at the back of the family home. His mom is a free spirit and a teenager's worst nightmare, whether it's shopping for Spud's underwear in the local supermarket, or sneaking food into her handbag at ...Written by
School was on during the filming of Spud at the Michaelhouse School. See more »
Spud says (on video night) that they are watching Pretty Woman. Then the TV news shows F.W. de Klerk dismantling the ANC which happened on Feb 2nd 1990.
Pretty Woman wasn't released in cinemas until 23rd March 1990, so they couldn't possibly be watching a video of a film that hadn't even been released yet. Also, Pretty Woman was never released in South African cinemas. See more »
He sings like and angel. Aren't you my china plate?
[pinches Spud's cheek]
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Written by Lucien and Erik Windrich
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OK, I haven't seen the movie yet - heck, I'm only about 2/3 of the way through the book - but I just want to let the SA reviewers know that if the book is any indication, stop worrying about whether international viewers/readers will get it.
All the descriptors and comparisons - coming-of-age, Catch-22, Lord of the Flies - are inadequate. Spud transcends any comparison to become its own unique moment in world history and personal history. It's not only young John Milton's maturing to manhood, but the entire nation's maturing out of apartheid that we see played out here in subtle, powerful parallel.
It's a magnificent, universal story that rings with truth, and I am so very happy my friend Sue, in Cape Town, recommended it.
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