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Johnny is nie dood nie (2016)

It is 2002. The lead singer of the Gereformeerde Blues Band, Johannes Kerkorrel, just committed suicide. A group of friends gather to celebrate his life and the passing of an era. Through ... See full summary »


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Christiaan Olwagen (screenplay), Malan Steyn (play)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rolanda Marais ... Lise
Albert Pretorius Albert Pretorius ... Dirk
Ilana Cilliers ... Anja
Ludwig Binge Ludwig Binge ... Hein
Roelof Storm Roelof Storm ... Johnny
Charl-Johan Lingenfelder Charl-Johan Lingenfelder ... Narrator (voice)
Martelize Kolver Martelize Kolver ... House mother
Roeline Daneel Roeline Daneel ... Karina
Mariechen Vosloo Mariechen Vosloo ... Hester
Nini Conradie Nini Conradie ... Hostel girl
Mari Conradi Mari Conradi ... Hostel girl (as Marie Conradie)
Peach Cronje Peach Cronje ... Hostel girl
De Klerk Oelofse De Klerk Oelofse ... Boereseun
Cintaine Schutte Cintaine Schutte ... Lone dancer
Marvin-Lee Beukes Marvin-Lee Beukes ... Fire-eater


It is 2002. The lead singer of the Gereformeerde Blues Band, Johannes Kerkorrel, just committed suicide. A group of friends gather to celebrate his life and the passing of an era. Through flashbacks and voice overs we re-live the rise of the Voëlvry movement and the rebellion of young, Afrikaans students in the build-up to the fall of the National Party. We share in the friends' confusion of being young and finding their place in the world. Written by Rhona Crawford

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5 May 2017 (South Africa) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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A South African film for all
15 April 2018 | by mignonnebusserSee all my reviews

I was immensely surprised by this movie. I usually hate Afrikaans movies (and I'm Afrikaans), but trust me, you are going to want to watch this one. It casts a new light on the Apartheid struggle, showing it from a white perspective.

The film is historic. It touches on the dissatisfaction that liberal white Afrikaaners had with the NP government. Other subjects like the Hippie movement; the Afrikaner 'secret police', the ban on controversial protest music in the Apartheid years; 'voortrekker' camps for children and the infamous President PW Botha. Almost every aspect of the forced conservative life that Afrikaners lived is touched on in the movie.

The film also showed the shell-shocked emotion of the Afrikaans community in post-Apartheid.

The film was technically flawless. The cinematography was minimalist and unique. The costumes and sets so accurately captured the anti-Apartheid movement. The music was set seamlessly to elevate scenes.

The drama is world-class. The love triangle between three of the bandmates was captivating. I personally enjoyed the insight that the film showed into the Angolan boarder war, and how it haunted the one character Hein. The best oart of the movie was the mystery around Johnny - how he was simultaneously there and not there. The film was funny. It balanced absurdity and heartfelt human emotion.

The film is not nostalgic, nor is it resentful. I think it provides an objective insight to the 1987-1989 time period. What is clear is how much 'Voëlvry' meant to the people who listened to Johannes Kerkorrel at the time. Even if you don't like rock and roll, or Afrikaans music, it is clear just how rebellious, risky and impactful Johannes Kerkorrel was. A South African Jim Morrison of sorts.

This is a flim that should streach beyond the Afrikaans community. Although there are no people of colour in the cast, I still believe that it provides an interesting, overlooked part of the Apartheid struggle. It is a South African movie that exceeds international standards. A film for every inquisitive mind who likes to think beyond boundaries.

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