PAST FILMS

BLOOD AND GLORY

Director:  Sean Else

Screenwriter:  Sean Else

Produced by: Collective Dream Films / Dark Matter Studios

Genre:  Drama / History / Sport

Awards: Winner Best Drama - Sedona International Film Festival



Set in the year 1901, this period epic follows Willem Morkel – a Boer and family man whose wife and son are murdered during the Anglo-Boer War.

Captured as a prisoner of war, Willem must survive incarceration in the notorious St. Helena concentration camp and defeat the ruthless Colonel Swannell, at his own game… Rugby.

A MAN LIKE MY FATHER

Original Title: 'n Man Soos My Pa

Director:  Sean Else

Screenwriter:  Sean Else & Deon Opperman

Produced by: Brittle-Star Pictures and Collective Dream Films

Genre:  Family Drama

 

This drama explores the devastation and wide rippling effects of addiction within a family home.

 

The news of a terminal illness brings one family together for the first time in several years. Dealing with imminent death, a father, mother and son must find the courage to forgive the terrible mistakes of the past.  Set across three decades, the film tells a story of broken family relationships, the struggles of forgiveness and the emotional healing found in unconditional love.

 

‘n Man Soos My Pa stars: Sandro Prinsloo, Deon Lotz, Antoinette Louw and Neels van Jaarsveld.

PLATTELAND

Director:  Sean Else

Screenwriter:  Sean Else & Deon Opperman

Produced by: Collective Dream Films / Philo Pieterse Films

Genre:  Musical / Action / Romance



 

Platteland features a stellar cast of actors and musicians and puts a vibrant new spin on some of the most popular Afrikaans hits of the past few years. This action packed musical tells the story of Riana van Niekerk (Lianie May) who is desperately fighting to save her family's farm from Mike Ferreira (Steve Hofmeyr) and his son, Jakes (Jay). He has his own agenda and is determined to drive Riana and her brother Wian (Vaughan Gardiner) from the land and seize her farm. When Dirk Pretorius (Bok van Blerk), a drifter with many secrets of his own, arrives in town, new alliances are formed and love blossoms in unexpected ways.

 

HIGHEST GROSSING SOUTH AFRICAN FILM 2011.

SPUD 2

Director:  Donovan Marsh

Screenwriter:  Donovan Marsh

Produced by: Rogue Star Films  - Ross Garland

Genre:  Comedy

 

The year is 1991, and Spud Milton's long walk to manhood is still creeping along at an unnervingly slow pace. Approaching the ripe old age of fifteen and still no signs of the much anticipated ball-drop, Spud is coming to terms with the fact that he may well be a freak of nature. With a mother hell-bent on emigrating, a father making a killing out of selling homemade moonshine, and a demented grandmother called Wombat, the new year seems to offer little except extreme embarrassment and more mortifying Milton madness. But Spud is returning to a boarding school where he is no longer the youngest or the smallest. His dormitory mates, known as the Crazy Eight, have an unusual new member and his house has a new clutch of first years (the Normal Seven). If Spud thinks his second year will be a breeze, however, he is seriously mistaken. He is soon beset with women trouble, coerced into misguided late-night adventures, and funds his dreams of a famous career on the stage in tatters after landing the part of the Dove of Peace in a disastrous house play production of Noah's Ark. To top it all off, boarding master Sparerib and his prefects Death breath and Earthworm are concocting an almighty plan to get Spud and the Crazy 8 expelled! Hilarious, bitter-sweet, tragic and real, join Spud as he takes another tentative step forward while all around him the madness continues...

 

'John Cleese is his brilliant self...'

THE PERFECT WAVE

Director:  Bruce Macdonald

Screenwriter:  Roger Hawkins & William A. Wood III 

Produced by: S. Bryan Hickox / Bruce Macdonald

Genre:  Family Drama

 

Deep within every surfer is a heart hungry for adventure, yearning be free, to break away and let go. Seeking purity and truth, they have a willingness to risk it all, to push on whatever the cost, overcoming every obstacle and risking everything in the ultimate pursuit of the perfect wave. This is Ian McCormack’s story.

 

STARRING SCOTT EASTWOOD (INVICTUS, FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS) AND RACHEL HENDRIX (OCTOBER BABY)

 

WOMAN SEEKS FARMER

Original Title: Vrou Soek Boer

Director:  Maynard Kraak

Screenwriter:  Jacomien Bezuidenhout & Maynard Kraak

Produced by: Maynard Kraak, Johan Kruger

Genre:  Romance / Comedy

 

Mareike (Lika Berning) is a city girl and successful in her demanding career. The same can not be said for her love life. After a confrontation with her boss, she decides to swap the city for the "platteland" and a bakery that she inherited from an aunt. But her new life in the small town is more than she expected. Apart from the fact that she must trade her business suits for an apron, things really hot up when she must choose between Mr Handsome and Mr Right. Her frustrations and lack of baking skills are made even worse when she keeps on bumping into Neil (Nico Panagio), a farmer in Wakkerstroom. She decides to start dating other men, but with disastrous consequences. Then she meets Stander (Bok van Blerk), a man who believes Mareike is the ideal woman for him. But is he the one for her, or will she and Neil overcome their irritation with each other and find something more?

 

"Vrou Soek ‘n Boer" freatures a strong supporting cast with well known actors such as: Marga van Rooy, Magda Beukes, Anrich Herbst, Julie Strydom, Anthony Fridjohn, Henk Hugo, Charlene Brouwer, Almarida Reynecke, Martin Bester, Hennie Smit and Lindie Stander.

SPUD 3

Director:  John Barker

Screenwriter: John Van De Ruit John 

Produced by: Rogue Star Films - Ross Garland

Genre:  Comedy

 

As Spud Milton continues his diabolical stagger through adolescence, he learns one of life's most important lessons: when dealing with women and cretins, nothing is ever quite as it seems. 'I'm practically a man in most areas,' writes Spud confidently on his sixteenth birthday. The year is 1992 and, as always in South Africa, radical change is in the air. The country may be on the bumpy road to an uncomfortable redemption, but Spud Milton is hoping for a smooth ride as he returns to boarding school as a senior. Instead, he discovers that his vindictive arch enemy is back to taunt him and that a garrulous Malawian has taken residence in his dormitory, along with the regular inmates and misfits he calls friends. Spud's world has never seemed less certain; he attempts to master Shakespeare, wrestles constantly with God and the power of negative thinking, and develops an aversion to fried fish after a shocking discovery about his grandmother, Wombat. Spud - Learning to Fly transports the reader on an authentic tragicomic journey, deep into the sublime and ridiculous world of being a teenager.

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