The RetroAfrika “What Was Happening When” series is now in its 7th week! Here’s this week’s instalment – what was happening in South Africa when “Umbango” was produced.
+ 7 Jan A grenade is thrown at a Railways policeman in Soweto.
+ 8 Jan A Pretoria sub-station is damaged by an explosion.
+ 9 Jan A limpet mine explodes at 21h15 and damages a substation in Jacobs, Durban. Later a second limpet explodes, killing a policeman and injuring other policemen and two electrical workers who arrive at the scene.
+ 4 Feb Four South African Army soldiers are injured when a cadre throws a grenade into their military vehicle at Gugulethu.
+ 9 Feb A limpet mine destroys two police vehicles at Umlazi police station near Durban when parked after returning from riot patrol.
+ 21 March Four mines explode at an Escom sub-station in Durban.
+ 8 April The home of the former Labour Party secretary in Natal, Kevin Leaf, is attacked.
+ 12 June The Government declares a nationwide state of emergency.
+ 1 July An explosion outside the Carlton Hotel in Johannesburg injures eight civilians.
+ 15 August Trevor Manuel is detained for the second time, this time only to be released in 1988.
+ 4 November A landmine kills a soldier on horseback in the eastern Transvaal.
+ 19 Dec A grenade attack is executed on the home of a Soweto councillor and two policemen are injured.
+ 1 Jan South African Defence Force servicemen are attacked in Alexandra, Johannesburg and at least one is injured
+ 9 Jan Police raid English-language newspapers, seizing documents related to an advertisement calling for the legalising of the African National Congress
+ 2 Feb The single quarters of the Bokomo Police Station is attacked twice with grenades and one policeman is injured
+ 18 Feb A number of people are killed in a grenade attack on Tladi Secondary School
+ 12 March Sweden announces a total boycott on trade with South Africa, effective from October
+ 20 July A car bomb explodes outside a block of flats in District Six, Cape Town, with no injuries
+ 30 July A car bomb explodes outside the Witwatersrand Command and kills one soldier and injures 68 people
+ 3 August 23 conscripts publicly announce in Cape Town that they refuse to serve in the SADF
+ 23 August A shop in Emdeni, frequented by soldiers, is attacked with grenades
+ 28 November South African Airways Flight 295 crashes into the Indian Ocean near Mauritius due to a fire in the cargo hold, killing 159 passengers and crew
+ 10 December During a police raid on a shack in the Port Elizabeth area, they meet heavy resistance from the residents. The police drive a Casspir over the shack, killing four
KEY CREW & CAST
||Tonie van der Merwe
In the old African Wild West, a peace-loving family man moves to a vacant farm in search of a new life. His hopes are shattered when his son is badly beaten and his wife is murdered by a gang of ruthless thugs.
He is left bloody in the dirt until fate finally intervenes. Rescued and nursed back to health by a good samaritan living alone in the hills, something is amiss. The hermit is soon revealed to be a reformed gangster – a deadly gunslinger who eventually trains the man and sets him on a path of preparation to exact his revenge upon his wife’s murderers.
The long-awaited “Trompie” DVD will be ON SALE from Monday (24 Nov) from select Musica stores as well as directly from our website.
For R99.99, get your hands on this classic South African film from 1975. Now restored and brought to you by Gravel Road Entertainment.
Gravel Road CEO was recently up in New York for the screening of “Joe Bullet” – our restored South African film which was banned in the 70’s. Here are some photos of his time here and how he rocked New York an L.A. in proudly South African style!
framegrab from “Mandla”
+ We’re on kykNET’s “Flits” Channel 144 DSTV tonight! Tune in at 9:30pm as CEO Ben speaks about #RetroAfrika
+ We’re screening “Joe Bullet”, “Fishy Stones”, “Umbango” and “Trompie” in Johannesburg in association with The Bioscope Independent Cinema between 24th-26th October. More here (including where you can buy tickets)
+ We have a YouTube Channel with trailers for our films
+ “Joe Bullet” will be showcased at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on 8th & 13th
November as part of the “To Save and Project” Film Preservation Festival
+ Soon “Trompie” will be available in Musica (South Africa) nationwide
+ “Joe Bullet” will be screened at the Carthage International Film Festival in Tunisia in December
framegrab from “Trompie” screening in Johannesburg 24-26 October
framegrab from “Fishy Stones” screening in Johannesburg 24-26 October
framegrab from “Umbango” screening in Johannesburg 24-26 October