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Tonie Van Der Merwe

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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

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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

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Tonie Van Der Merwe

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On The Expresso Show on SABC!

CEO of Gravel Road Entertainment, Benjamin Cowley, and Producer/Director Tonie van der Merwe sat down with Expresso presenter Katlego Maboe to talk about the Mayibuye Film Festival currently running on SABC1. For more information on the festival and the films, read this article and join the conversation with us on Facebook here.

Benjamin Cowley and Tonie vd Merwe on the Expresso Show on SABC

Benjamin Cowley and Tonie vd Merwe on the Expresso Show on SABC

Benjamin Cowley, Katlego Maboe and Tonie vd Merwe on the Expresso Show on SABC

Benjamin Cowley, Katlego Maboe and Tonie vd Merwe on the Expresso Show on SABC