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Musiek vir die Agtergrond (2013)

A young singer songwriter performs his music in small pubs, barely making ends meet, until a big time record executive gives him the opportunity of a lifetime. All he has to give up for fame and fortune is his name and integrity.


Salmon de Jager (as Sallas de Jager)


Salmon de Jager (story) (as Sallas de Jager), Salmon de Jager (as Sallas de Jager)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John-Henry Opperman John-Henry Opperman ... Paul van der Merwe
Lizelle de Klerk Lizelle de Klerk ... Sera
Brümilda van Rensburg Brümilda van Rensburg ... Lucy Ferreira
Ian Roberts Ian Roberts ... Chris
Neil Sandilands ... Freddy
Terence Bridgett Terence Bridgett ... John
Deon Lotz ... Louis
Laré Birk ... Hanli
Donavan Bradley Donavan Bradley ... Young Paul
Anel Alexander ... Woman at Orphanage
Johan Baird Johan Baird ... Man at Orphanage
Dirk Vrey Dirk Vrey ... Dr. Botha
Karen Fourie Karen Fourie ... Tanya Greyling
Neil Bennett Grib Neil Bennett Grib ... George
Gys de Villiers ... Man in Bar


A talented and ambitious young man is on his way to becoming a respected songwriter and musician when his long time girlfriend, who admires him for his creativity and originality, unexpectedly falls pregnant. To pay the bills and give his girlfriend and the baby a better life, he accepts an offer to performing cheap commercial music. Will their love survive the artistic compromise he makes for the greater good? Written by Anonymous

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13 February 2020 | by paulclaassenSee all my reviews

'Musiek vir die Agtergrong' is a melodic soft rock infused film that will appeal to most aspiring musicians. The film plays with your emotions like a musician composing a new song.

This is a beautiful, inspirational film. I found John-Henry Opperman particularly good as a struggling musician, Paul, looking for the big break. Being a down to earth guy, the transition from ordinary guy to star is a rather daunting process - one he wasn't quite ready for. (Oh, and a tip for guys, think before making babies!!!). The film effectively illustrates how success changes one's life. It also gives a good insight into how the music industry operates.

What annoyed me tremendously, was the fact that the film is in Afrikaans, with Afrikaans characters (and actors), yet every now and again the characters would switch between Afrikaans and English. This is not normal behavior and I found it distracting. I also found Paul's girlfriend, Sera, incredibly annoying. She was selfish, ungrateful and in general just not a nice character. So much so that I was hoping they would break up. Integrity or not...

Brumilda van Rensburg was very good - as usual, as was Neil Sandilands. I just love this guy! It is interesting the way the film turned out. Not what I expected. It tied up very nicely, though. And remember to follow your dream...

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South Africa


Afrikaans | English

Release Date:

4 October 2013 (South Africa) See more »

Filming Locations:

Johannesburg, South Africa See more »


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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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