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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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Henk Pretorius
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katie McGrath ... Jodi Rutherford
Bok van Blerk Bok van Blerk ... Kobus Willemse
Gil Bellows ... Daniel Taylor
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)
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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 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!

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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UK | South Africa

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English

Release Date:

9 October 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hauptsache Liebe See more »

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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 »

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References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

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Same Parts Same Heart
Written and Performed by Matthew Mole
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An absolute shocker
12 April 2018 | by francesmhillSee all my reviews

Maybe it is a cultural thing, I'm from New York originally and now live in LA, but this is an absolute shocker of a movie. I assumed it was a first time director who'd raided his daddies piggy bank, but it seems he's made movies before! (I still stick with the piggy bank view though, because who else would give this guy money).

I think I'm probably ranting more than usual because of the overall sexist view the film takes, which in this day and age should just not be a thing. I shouldn't be surprised coming from a TV movie, but the screenplay was nowhere near good enough to shoot from. I don't think they were trying to be outdated and sexist, but those feelings are just there in plain sight.

I found this when I was travelling with a movie in Europe and thought it would be a nice gentle movie to fall asleep to, but I ended up writing my first ever review on IMDB just for it!

If you care about more modern ways of viewing women, and quite frankly good movies, avoid this at all costs. I feel sorry for some of the cast though, they had a tough time with that screenplay and I don't blame them at all!


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