What Was Happening When

1980 – Upondo No Nkinsela

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January

14 – The local community at Soekmekaar resists forced removal and damages the police station.

March

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.

April

4 – Umkhonto we Sizwe attacks the Booysens Police Station in Johannesburg with grenades, rocket launchers and AK47s.

May

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.

June

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.

August

Special Branch policeman Detective-Sergeant T.G. Zondi is shot at in Sobantu Village.

October

14 – The Soweto community calls for a stayaway to protest against rent increases.

November

21 – A terrorist is killed in Chiawelo and a child is injured by police in the process.

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A Short (Cool) History of South African Cinema

African Cinema

+ 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)

African Cinema

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.

African Cinema

Why We’re Special

Tonie Van Der Merwe

We take old films from South African history + restore them. Cool huh? We also locate the directors + give them awards 🙂

Unknown among his fellow white South Africans, Tonie van der Merwe was the most popular filmmaker among black audiences in the 1970s and ’80s. He churned out about 400 movies under an apartheid subsidy system established to produce movies exclusively for blacks — with the right political and moral content. In fact, he helped create the system.

After his speech at the Durban International Film Festival, gripping a statuette in one hand and a double brandy and Coke in the other, he said: “Without being racist, I thought a white guy won’t easily win a prize, but I was wrong. I thought anything before the 1990s is not easily recognized by the present government. We didn’t exist. We didn’t do anything.”

Mr. van der Merwe created some 400 films in the 1970s and ’80s, including “Joe Bullet,” the country’s first film with an all-black cast. Credit Joao SilvaThe New York Times

Mr. van der Merwe created some 400 films in the 1970s and ’80s, including “Joe Bullet,” the country’s first film with an all-black cast. Credit Joao Silva/The New York Times

Residents of Kwamashu watching “Joe Bullet” this month. The film, released in 1972, was banned after only two showings. Credit Joao Silva/The New York Times

Residents of Kwamashu watching “Joe Bullet”. The film, released in 1972, was banned after only two showings. Credit Joao Silva/The New York Times

Upondo No Nkinsela

Upondo No Nkinsela South African Cinema

KEY CREW & CAST
Director Bernard Buys Cast Ndaba Mhlongo
Producer United Films Masoja Mota
Writer Bernard Buys Joe Mafela
DOP Ivo Pelligrini
Editor N/A
Sound N/A
Y.O.P 1980’s
Running Time 49 min
Language isiZulu
Genre Comedy
SYNOPSIS

Pondo and Nkinsela are two haphazard, dysfunctional friends. They end up going on a series of crazy adventures together which cause havoc everywhere they go. From ruining a bride’s wedding day to destroying a client’s hairdo in a beauty salon to escaping a supposed ghost in a house, the two friends always seem to come out on top.

Upondo No Nkinsela South African Cinema

Upondo No Nkinsela South African Cinema

 

The Comedians

The Comedians South African Cinema
KEY CREW & CAST
Director Japie Van Der Merwe Cast Moses Makhathini
Producer Gary Van Der Merwe Matthews Monica
Writer N/A Hector Mathanda
DOP Japie van der Merwe Ernest Dlamini
Editor N/A Delani Dlamini
Sound Gert Smith / Piet Buys Sibongile Dlamini
Y.O.P 1980’s Isaac Xaba
Running Time 86 min Stanley Phama
Language isiZulu Chipa Molawa
Genre Comedy
 SYNOPSIS

When Ace Bhona uses his friend’s magic ring under false pretences to make himself a wealthy man, his greed and desire for more soon becomes uncontrollable.

He hires a group of thugs to steal the ring from his friend, hoping to possess the ring for himself once and for all. But the friend has a trick up his sleeve and counters Bhona’s greed with a curse.

Bhona awakes the following day to discover that his ill-gotten wealth and possessions have turned to dust, with the police knocking on his door seeking justice for the crimes he has recently committed.

The Comedians South African Cinema

The Comedians South African Cinema

Rich Girl

Rich Girl South African Cinema

KEY CREW & CAST
Director Tonie Van Der Merwe Cast Innocent “Popo” Gumede
Producer Hettie Van Der Merwe   Hector Mathanda
Writer Lianja Scripts   Lungi Mdlala
DOP Tony Cunningham   Max Mkhwanazi
Editor Fred Ridgard   John Madala
Sound Wally Booysen   Emanuel Shangase
Y.O.P 1980’s    
Running Time 70 min    
Language isiZulu    
Genre Crime    
SYNOPSIS

When a highly trained bodyguard is hired to protect a wealthy businessman’s pampered daughter, he will have his work cut out for him. The beautiful young woman doesn’t want or believe she needs protection.

Following her on one of her endeavours, the two end up being kidnapped by a pair of thugs. The unsuspecting crooks have no clue as to what the bodyguard is capable of and are soon to learn the error of their ways.

Rich Girl South African Cinema

Rich Girl South African Cinema

Impango I

Impango South African Cinema
KEY CREW & CAST
Director Tonie Van Der Merwe Cast Khulekani Magubane
Producer Hettie Van Der Merwe Gugu Mhlanga
Writer Alida Hand Tim Mtshali
DOP Tonie Van Der Merwe Hector Mathanda
Editor Steve Hand Victor Nondangala
Sound Steve Hand Abel Msani
Y.O.P 1980’s Sally Mabaso
Running Time 81 min Sallah Madupe
Language isiZulu Mr Mhlongo
Genre Crime
SYNOPSIS

When a wealthy businessman’s wife is abducted by three thugs looking for a R20,000 ransom fee, the man will have to play a very clever game if he hopes to ever see his wife again. In the end, his wife proves to be a resourceful and resilient woman. She saves her husband’s life in return, when it seems he may just be killed for his bravery.

The leader of the thugs is sent to prison. But with only one of his men dead, it’s anyone’s guess where his other henchman have disappeared to….

Impango South African Cinema

Impango South African Cinema

Gone Crazy

Gone Crazy South African Cinema

KEY CREW & CAST
Director Tony Cunningham Cast Emmanuel Shangase
Producer Mitch Dyter Roy Dlamini
Writer Lorraine Philbrick Pepsi Mabizela
DOP Tony Cunningham Mandla Ngconya
Editor Craig van der Westhuizen Hector Mathanda
Sound Simon Bleakley Vincent Vilakazi
Y.O.P 1980’s
Running Time 74 min
Language isiZulu
Genre Crime / Suspense
SYNOPSIS

When a psychopath seeking revenge on the Mayor of a small town steals a mega bomb from a local research facility, two police Inspectors will have to team up together. Both working different angles of the same case, they have to rescue a Professor kidnapped by the madman, and also stop his evil plan of blowing up a nearby dam in order to flood the town where everyone lives.

Gone Crazy South African Cinema

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