Quirky SA film set to make waves

2014-01-26 11:53
Cape Town – The South African film community is eagerly awaiting the release of a new Afrikaans film called Die Windpomp.

The film is a full-length movie based on a student film by the same director that was nominated for a Student Academy Award (the student Oscars in 2012) and which won a SAFTA (South African Film and Television Awards). Film fundi Leon van Nierop said he was excited by the short movie and said he couldn’t wait for the longer version.

According to Lee-Ann Cotton of ZenHQ Films, which produced Die Windpomp, test audiences responded extremely positively to the film with some industry experts even saying it was the best Afrikaans film they had ever seen.

“Cape Town film producer Chris Roland asked the question, ‘What does the Afrikaans community want?’ The answer was a Hollywood movie set in South Africa, and in Afrikaans,” she said.

Chris Roland, producer of popular films Stander and Hotel Rwanda, signed up big names like Ian Roberts, Marga van Rooy and Grethe Fox to star in this quirky, colourful comedy drama.

Written and directed by Etienne Fourie, who also wrote Klein Karoo, Die Windpomp revolves around 20-year-old Hendri’s experience at his grandfather’s retirement village.
Die Windpomp will be released on 25 April by Nu Metro Films.

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