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Leading Lady (2014)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 9 October 2015 (UK)
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An idealistic British drama school teacher, Jodi Rutherford, persuades a cynical South African farmer to prepare her for a role in a major film as an Afrikaans war heroine. In return Jodi ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Katie McGrath ... Jodi Rutherford
Bok van Blerk Bok van Blerk ... Kobus Willemse
Gil Bellows ... Daniel Taylor
Brümilda van Rensburg Brümilda van Rensburg ... Magdaleen Willemse
André Stolz André Stolz ... Japie van der Merwe
Eduan van Jaarsveldt Eduan van Jaarsveldt ... Johan Willemse
Craig Palm Craig Palm ... Petrus Engelbreght
Mary Twala Mary Twala ... Sarah Novuka
Jana Strydom Jana Strydom ... Linda van der Merwe
Tina Kruger Tina Kruger ... Wilmien du Plooy
Carien Botha Carien Botha ... Katie Krizinger
Ruby Carr ... Bow Dean
Melt Sieberhagen Melt Sieberhagen ... Piet Griek
Morné du Toit ... Dassie van Wyk
Ilze du Plooy Ilze du Plooy ... Elize Viljoen (as Ilse du Plooy)


An idealistic British drama school teacher, Jodi Rutherford, persuades a cynical South African farmer to prepare her for a role in a major film as an Afrikaans war heroine. In return Jodi undertakes to direct the annual concert on the Willemse farm. Jodi's interaction with the quirky small town citizens and the stubborn Kobus, teaches her that: "there is more to life than lights... camera... and action!" Written by Dark Matter Studios

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There's more to life than lights... camera... and action!


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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UK | South Africa


English | Afrikaans

Release Date:

9 October 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hauptsache Liebe See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »


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Bok van Blerk is better known as an Afrikaans singer but has several film roles under his belt See more »


References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »


Written and Performed by Matthew Mole
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A happy, sad, beautiful story.
9 December 2014 | by rose-gavin-177-479503See all my reviews

This turned out to be a laugh out loud move, with a few sad moments and beautiful South African winter scenery.

Classic filmmaking, no camera man with Parkinson's disease.

A real slice of life movie. Tannie Magdaleen Willemse is the aunt we all need to have, she is a typical Boer wife who makes a plan. Her son Kobus Willemse is a "genuine" guy, although in reality young Boer men have impeccable manners. Jodi Rutherford is a finds herself when she meets the Willemse family and the colourful characters.

Brümilda van Rensburg (Magdaleen Willemse) and Bok van Blerk (Kobus Willemse) are true hidden talents the the rest of the world are missing out on.

I really love the fact that the main characters can convey a message to each other, and the audience, with just a look or a nod, its these little nuances that make a good move.

Grab your popcorn and take a look at a slice of real life, after this movie you will feel better than if you spent the day at a spa.

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