Platteland upstages Liefling

2011-11-30 10:06
Pauli van Wyk
Johannesburg – Afrikaans musical film Platteland has taken more than R1.7m at the box office during its opening weekend – more than any Afrikaans film in that genre.

Only Hollywood blockbusters Breaking Dawn and Happy Feet 2 beat the musical over the weekend.

"Platteland earned 13% more per theatre than Liefling, Die Movie did during its opening weekend," said the film's local distributor Helen Kuun of Indigenous Film Distribution. "It also attracted 11% more audience members than Bakgat 2 and 144% more people than Jakhalsdans."

More than 48 000 people have already seen the film written and directed by Sean Else since it started showing on Friday.

"We expected that it would be a hit and that it would attract lots of people," said Kuun.

'An excellent team'

Steve Hofmeyr who plays the role of Mike Ferreira has praised Else for his work.

"He gave all of us that extra boost. We all know each other so well on the musical stage that he didn't hesitate to point out mistakes. Moreover he also trusted you to make the role your own."

The success of the film is ensured by means of thorough planning, Else explained. Platteland is his first full length feature film. "It requires a lot of patience and concentration to keep all the ends together. Luckily I chose an excellent team. Every actor did more than his or her share."

The film tells the story of Riana van Niekerk (Lianie May) who is desperately fighting to save her family's farm from Mike Ferreira (Steve Hofmeyr) who has his own agenda and is determined to drive Riana 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.

Filming took place in Vrede and at Verkykerskop.