After hearing a tale of a mysterious lost treasure, an old man’s family heads off on a perilous journey only to suffer the same fate as the shipwrecked survivors from sixty years ago.
+ Jan 8 The African National Congress announces that it will start dismantling its guerrilla camps in Angola in support of the peace process.
+ Jan 18 State President of South Africa P.W. Botha has a mild stroke.
+ Feb 2 An ailing State President Pieter Willem Botha steps down from the leadership of the National Party, but remains state president.
+ Feb 2 Trevor Manuel is released from detention under stringent restriction orders.
+ March 15–21 A conference of African National Congress chief representatives and regional treasurers takes place in Gran, Norway.
+ Date Unknown An explosion occurs outside the Natal Command HQ on Durban‘s beachfront.
+ May 5 Three South African Embassy staff are ordered to leave Britain within 7 days because of the attempted smuggling of a Blowpipe missile.
+ May 17 Tumelo Faith Sindane is born at Zebediela.
+ July 5 PW Botha, State President of South Africa, and Nelson Mandela, in prison at the time, meet for the first time.
+ August 10 The Cabinet prevails on P.W. Botha to resign as state president and FW de Klerk becomes acting State President of South Africa.
+ Date Unknown A grenade is thrown into a Labour Party polling station in Bishop Lavis.
+ September 12 Anton Lubowski, advocate and secretary-general of the South West Africa People’s Organization, is shot dead outside his home in Windhoek, South West Africa.
+ November 27 The Hex River Tunnels system is officially opened. The system’s longest tunnel is 13.5 kilometres (8.4 miles) long, the longest railway tunnel in Africa.
+ Jan 14 The local community at Soekmekaar resists forced removal and damages the police station.
+ Jan 25 Three Umkhonto we Sizwe terrorists, Stephen Mafoko, Humphrey Makhubo and Wilfred Madela, kill two civilians and hold the staff and customers in a bank in Silverton in Pretoria hostage. The siege ends in a shoot-out with the police in which all three terrorists are killed.
+ March 12 In Pretoria nine people are sentenced to five to seven years imprisonment for training as guerrillas outside South Africa and recruiting others to undergo training.
+ March 26 A mine lift cage at the Vaal Reefs gold mine in South Africa falls 1.9 kilometres (1.2 miles), killing 23.
+ April 4 Umkhonto we Sizwe attacks the Booysens Police Station in Johannesburg with grenades, rocket launchers and AK47s.
+ April 21 More than sixty coloured high schools, teacher training colleges and the University of the Western Cape start boycotting classes.
+ Oct 14 The Soweto community calls for a stayaway to protest against rent increases.
+ Oct 15 A bomb damages a railway line in Dube, Soweto and Piet Koornhof, minister of co-operation and development, visits the scene.
+ Nov 21 A terrorist is killed in Chiawelo and a child is injured by police in the process.
+ During the 1910s and 1920s, many South African films were made in or around Durban. These films often made use of the dramatic scenery available in rural KwaZulu-Natal, particularly the Drakensberg region.
+ KwaZulu-Natal was also served as the appropriate location for historical films such as De Voortrekkers (1916) and The Symbol of Sacrifice (1918)
+ Sarie Marais, the first Afrikaans-language sound film, was released in 1931. Subsequent sound releases such as Die Wildsboudjie(1948), a 1949 Sarie Marais remake, and Daar doer in die bosveld (1950) continued to cater primarily to white, Afrikaans-speaking audiences.
+ The 1950s saw an increased use of South African locations and talent by international filmmakers. British co-productions like Coast of Skeletons (1956) and American co-productions like The Cape Town Affair (1957) reflected the a growing trend of shooting in real locations, rather than using backlots.
Over the past 12 months we’ve used ourselves as guinea pigs in a new realm. We’ve worked to see whether it’s the old or new films from South African history which inspire you, we’ve learned how to debut our films abroad, and we’ve found better ways to work, write and create.
The process has been enlightening, productive and ultimately just a lot of fun.
With the new year now in full swing, we’ve put away our holiday overindulgences to take time to reflect on some of our favourite (and most popular) articles of 2014:
Framegrabs of “Trompie”
Silwerskerm Film Festival
Interview with Tonie Van Der Merwe
KEY CREW & CAST
||Crime / Drama
Themba is released from serving two years in prison for his best friend, Vusi. Upon his release, he discovers that Vusi, the car thief, has been sleeping with his girlfriend, Thandi. Themba decides to change his fate and become a snitch – helping the police put an end to Vusi’s on-going crime spree. Vusi has Thandi executed, blaming her for his current misfortunes. Themba moves the final chess piece into place, resulting in Vusi’s ultimate demise and capture.
Joe Bullet is having it’s North African premier at the Carthage International Film Festival this week.
2 Dec 3:30pm at “Rio Cinema”
5 Dec 8:30pm at “Mondial Cinema”
In other news, our Trompie DVD is available at selected Musica stores and from our website www.gravelroadafrica.com. For only R99.99, own your own personal copy of this South African film from 1975.
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