Racheltjie de Beer movie coming soon

2011-11-28 13:30
Salomé Maritz
Johannesburg - The familiar story of South African heroine Racheltjie de Beer will soon appear on the silver screen for the first time.

The film will tell the moving story of this young Afrikaner girl from the Voortrekker era who gave her life to save her brother one cold winter's night.

South African filmmaker Brett Michael Innes says he "clicked" with the legend on an emotional and creative level.

The script for the film is already in Hollywood at Virgin Produced, a new American production company known for films such as Immortals and Limitless.


Innes not only wrote the script for The Story of Racheltjie de Beer, he also intends to take the directing and producing upon himself.

He says it will be filmed in Afrikaans and English, which is a new phenomenon.

"If the story is told only in English, it means we are denying the language and culture that gave birth to it."

It is ironic to him that one of the most famous Afrikaans legends will be filmed by him as an English-speaking filmmaker. He said he found it strange that nobody has thought to tell the story yet.

Innes says it shows that this story is for all South Africans.

"This is truly one of the most non-political stories, something this world desperately needs."


Local and international investors will be involved in the project. The Van Reenen's Pass in KwaZulu-Natal has been earmarked as one of the locations where the movie will be shot.

The cast has not been determined yet, Innes said.

For the lead role of Racheltjie de Beer, Innes is looking for a girl aged between 11 and 14 who is fluent in both English and Afrikaans.

Auditions will begin in the second half of 2012.


  • Shaun - 2011-11-28 14:25

    Will be an awesome story, Just hope they shoot on location where racheltjie was shot, on there family farm in the free state. The original house is still standing.

  • jpcronje - 2011-11-28 14:48

    Can't wag vir this film

  • Phoenix - 2011-11-28 16:54

    You do realse she never actually existed and is just a myth; although most people believe it to be true? Mind you, in the bigger scheme of thing - does that really matter?

      Paulus - 2011-11-29 08:34

      Interesting that you got so many dislikes. Genealogically speaking it is true that they have not yet been able to identify her, which does suggest she was a story told to inspire and uplift. That doesn't mean she didn't exist, just that no one has been able to positively identify her yet.

  • lynette.heron - 2012-09-26 18:10

    This is one of the most beautiful and emotional stories of the love between a brother and sister,about responsibility loyalty and duty.A moving piece!I just hope they shoot on location and come down to Spion Kop ,to hear another amazing bit of history.lynette@futurenet.co.za

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