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Van der Merwe (2017)

Van der Merwe, a bumbling farmer from a traditional farming family, struggles to keep his family together when his daughter returns from England with her British fiancé and family.


Bruce Lawley


Bruce Lawley




Credited cast:
Greg Kriek ... Kobus
Reine Swart ... Marike
Andre Jacobs ... Harold Stokes
Jeanne Neilson ... Delandre, wedding planner
Chanelle de Jager Chanelle de Jager ... Suzette
Ian Roberts Ian Roberts ... Oupa Van
Adrienne Pearce Adrienne Pearce ... Mavis
Benedikt Sebastian ... Danie
Rika Sennett Rika Sennett ... Ouma Van
Trix Vivier ... Country Club Receptionist
Rob van Vuuren Rob van Vuuren ... Van
Erica Wessels Erica Wessels ... Elmarie
Matthew Baldwin Matthew Baldwin ... George
Louw Venter Louw Venter ... Willem
Clare Marshall Clare Marshall ... Granny Stokes


In every country there is a person who is the butt of all jokes. In Ireland it is Paddy, in Israel it is Hymie, in South Africa, that person is Van der Merwe - this is his story. Set on the Van der Merwe farmstead, the story centres on Van's daughter Marike who returns home from a gap year in England with her new fiancé George, a British boy who is studying to become a doctor. This creates all sorts of problems and challenges for Van as he tries to come to terms with the fact that his daughter is marrying an Englishman. Van's father is strongly against this union of 'Brit and Boer' and implores Van to put an end to it. Van finds himself in a precarious situation with a difficult choice: risk the wrath of his father by condoning the wedding - or obey his father, whose approval he so desperately wants, and risk losing his daughter forever. When the family of the English fiancé arrives on the farm, the fireworks really begin as the clash of cultures results in a number of side-splitting ... Written by Bruce Lawley

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28 July 2017 (South Africa) See more »

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Well written and composed
28 January 2018 | by almienaudeSee all my reviews

Another South African title to be proud of, Van Der Merwe. This comedy, starring some of the country's best, has been well written and put together, and it has been written in such a way that it falls snuggly in the category just above stepping on people's toes. Well done Mr Lawley for writing this successful title!

That's two thumbs up from me.

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