Basil D'Oliveira movie to be shot in CT

2011-11-29 10:12
Laetitia Pople
Cape Town - A biographical film about Basil D'Oliveira, the South African-born cricketer who played test cricket for England, will be filmed in Cape Town next year.

D'Oliveira was banned from playing cricket on a national level in South Africa because of his skin colour, and left the country of his birth in 1960.

D'Oliveira died aged 80 on November 19 in Worcester, England, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

D'Oliveira - or Dolly, as his teammates called him – scored 2 484 runs in 44 tests for England at an average of 40.06. He also took 47 wickets.

The script

He was born as the son of a tailor in 1931 in Vlaeberg, Cape Town. As a child he climbed into the trees at Newlands to watch cricket matches.

Oscar-winning writer Sir Ronald Harwood, also born in South Africa, will be writing the script for Dolly, which will focus on his life and the politics of sport.

Harwood is best known for the screenplay of Roman Polanski's The Pianist, for which he won an Oscar, Australia and Cry, the Beloved Country.

Documentary filmmaker Paul Yule, also born in South Africa, is one of the producers of Dolly.

He was also responsible for the acclaimed documentary Not Cricket: The D'Oliveira Conspiracy (2004).