14 – The local community at Soekmekaar resists forced removal and damages the police station.
12 – The Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk (NGK) together with its sister churches for Blacks (the NGK in Afrika), Coloureds (the NG Sendingkerk) and Indians (the Reformed Church in Africa), issue a statement that the Churches will bring no objection in principle should authorities judge that circumstances justify reconsideration of the Immorality Act and the Mixed Marriages Act.
4 – Umkhonto we Sizwe attacks the Booysens Police Station in Johannesburg with grenades, rocket launchers and AK47s.
2 – Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall is banned because the government fears that it might be used as a song of liberty by black school children.
1 – Bombs explode at Sasol One and Two and Natref Eight at Sasolburg and Secunda, with no injuries and RM58 damage. The attack was organised by Solomon Mahlangu of the Umkhonto weSizwe Special Operations.
Special Branch policeman Detective-Sergeant T.G. Zondi is shot at in Sobantu Village.
14 – The Soweto community calls for a stayaway to protest against rent increases.
21 – A terrorist is killed in Chiawelo and a child is injured by police in the process.
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.
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.
Tomorrow night at 9:30pm (23 October 2014), we’ll be featured on kyknet on DSTV. Here is their awesome website.
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RetroAfrika launches Mayibuye Film Festival SABC. CEO of Gravel Road Entertainment will be interviewed on KYKNET
The Silwerskerm Film Festival is an annual gathering for mostly Afrikaans filmmakers. It’s a 4-day marathon which showcases the best new South African films at the kykNET Silwerskermfees. The festival is predominantly Afrikaans, but English stand-outs like the Durban International Film Festival award-winning “Durban Poison” was also screened.
In addition to the feature films, the end results of a competition that develops script ideas from first-time filmmakers of all ages were screened. This isn’t just a film festival that showcases the best of the best. It nurtures new talent and gives it a valuable platform.
One of our more recently restored films, “Trompie”, was also screened at the venue. Directed by legendary Tonie van der Merwe in the 70’s, about 15-30 people in the room watched as a digitally remastered version of a South African classic was screened. “Trompie” is a compact, highly enjoyable and kinetic comedy feature.
“Trompie” also has some well-crafted English subtitles for non-Afrikaans audience.
Photos by: Patrick Ryan
Shot on location at Waterfront Film Studios, Cape Town
Philip is an award winning audio engineer and sound designer, specializing in the final mix of sound tracks for feature films. This includes all aspects of post-production sound recording and mixing. He is also an accomplished score composer, having focused this aspect of his skill set on short films to date. Philip has worked on numerous international feature films, including “Fast and Furious 6” and “The Last Stand”. He was an assisting Sound Engineer and Foley Mixer for “Die Wonderwerker” which was nominated for a SAFTA for “Best Sound” (South African Film and Television Awards). He has assisted and worked alongside Barry Donnelly on a number of SA’s biggest feature films, and has final mixed a number of TV series and local feature films. Philip currently works out of the Waterfront Studios, where his knowledge of sound restoration & mixing is being applied to the Retro Afrika Bioscope project.