João Silver, Greg Marinovich, Kevin Carter and Ken Oosterbroek a.k.a The Bang Bang Club. These four photojournalists captured South Africa’s most turbulent history between 1990 and 1994, and are internationally renowned for their work during the last days of Apartheid and other iconic images. Few can forget Carter’s photograph of the starving Sudanese child being seemingly stalked by a vulture and Marinovich’s coverage of Lindsaye Tshabalala’s killing. Both photographers won Pulitizer Prizes for their work.
Set for release on the 22nd of July in South Africa (with the premier on the 19th July), The Bang Bang Club is directed by Steven Silver and is a South African and Canadian production based on Marinovich and Silver’s book “The Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War”. Starring Ryan Phillippe as Marinovich, Taylor Kitsch as Carter, Neels Van Jaarsveld as Silver, Frank RautenBach as Oosterbroek and Malin Akerman as The Star’s picture editor Robin Comley– the feature is based on true-life events during the last few days of Apartheid. Naturally being a “Hollywood” film, there is some creative license in the feature, but with both Marinovich and Silver consulting on the movie, hopefully South African audiences will get to appreciate a truly South African story.
The film was well received last year at the Toronto International Film Festival and at the Cannes Film Festival. Many have labelled it “gripping” and Phillippe impresses with an authentic Saffa accent. This is definitely one to watch this year, so we recommend you make the trip to the cinema in April!