Three absolute iconic (and zef) Afrikaans movies from the 80s & 90s for your weekend streaming list!

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I felt a bit nostalgic this week and decided to dig up at least three kak old but iconic Afrikaans movies to stream this weekend. Two of them are absolute classic and hilarious laugh out loud comedies and one is a depressing as fuck drama, just for balance. Of course I’m not only going to watch these three movies because while I was browsing through my very own convenient virtual DVD shop, I also came across two interesting very recent Hollywood movies which I haven’t seen yet. These will cover my cravings for horror, crime, mystery, sci-fi, thriller and fantasy.

So lets start of with these two first?

The Invisible Man
This is an easy choice as it mad Elisabeth Moss on the poster. I’ll watch any movie starring her. You know her from the 2020 Emmy Award winning The Handmaid’s Tale, the fokken kak-scary US (it freaked me the fuck out!), and perhaps lesser well known movies such as The Square or the excellent boxing drama biography, The Bleeder, but her latest movie,  The Invisible Man sounds hella interesting: The film follows Cecilia, who receives the news of her abusive ex-boyfriend’s suicide. She begins to re-build her life for the better. However, her sense of reality is put into question when she begins to suspect her deceased lover is not actually dead.

Sold, right?

The second movie poster which caught my attention was that of Paradise Hills with Emma Roberts sporting pink hair in which she plays the role of Emma, a young woman who wakes up in an apparently idyllic reform school for young ladies. This plays off against the backdrop of  an undetermined future where society is divided in two types of peeps: upper-class (superiors) and the rest which consists of mid and lower-class (inferiors).

Ja hey, you mos get two types of people…

For the lekker local movies I came across, we should probably start with the tearjerker, Fiela se Kind. My parents though they were really clever and took us to the drive-in to go see this fliek in 1988. Well, that’s one way to fuck up a kid for a while. I just remember being traumatized when Annie Malan’s character, Nina, got beaten the shit out of her by her dad and worse, finding out in Huisgenoot afterwards that she got beaten up for reals on her insistence to make the acting more authentic. Liewe jirre! As an adult I have the coping mechanisms to deal with the movie again.  The book was authored by Dalene Matthee and released in 1985 and the movie followed very quickly in 1988. Matthee tackles environmental concerns, themes of racism and sexism as well as discrimination of class. I tells the gripping story of a coloured woman’s love for her white “adopted” child and how her happy family is brutally torn apart when a magistrate decides that her child must return to his biological parents.

This is not a zef movie. It is just really kak sad but really, really good!

Boetie Gaan Border Toe has to be THE original ZAF (zef as fuck) movie ever produced in South Africa. This is one of Arnold Vosloo’s biggest local roles before he made the big move to Hollywood  (check out G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra for instance). This 1984 production is a satire set during the South African Border War and the main character, Boetie (Arnold Vosloo) faces conscription into the SA military. He initially resists national service and tries to defy instruction but quickly makes tjommies with his fellow conscripts as they train and eventually also are deployed to the Angolan border. Casper de Vries is brilliant, Eric Nobbs is brilliant and Frank Opperman is brilliant.

Don’t skip this one, seriously.

Lipstiek Dipstiek
The biggest South African movie to come out with the advent of our country’s democracy. Fun fact – a very drunk me bumped into a very drunk Francois Coertze in at BP in Pretoria, buying garage pies one evening back in 1999. We didn’t know each other from a bar of soap and somehow went our for drinks. That is literally all I can remember.

Back to the really over-the-top-movie – it was shot in Joburg on a budget of R1.5m in 1994. It follows the story of Poenie, working class Afrikaans zefgat dealing with romance, lust and life in general. He is on the verge of marrying a real plump Boerepoppie but super English psychologist, Catelina (Julie Hartley) literally accidently crosses his path. Her fokken uptight fiancé, however complicates things and a fucked-up love triangle becomes a square.

Remember the very first lines of dialogue? Let me jog your memory:

Frikkadel Fourie: Fokkit! Fokkit! Eina! Ek het my met die welding rod gebrand, pa! Op my knaters!
Poenie Fourie: Lekker deur die kak!

You can’t call yourself South African if you haven’t seen this corker yet! Cry-laugh from beginning to end.

PS: You’ll find South Africa’s first naked shower scene in a movie at 4min20.

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The Turtles continue to live in the shadows and no one knows they were the ones who took down Shredder. Vernon is the one everyone thinks is the one who took Shredder down. April O’Neill does some snooping and learns a scientist named Baxter Stockman is working for Shredder. He plans to break him out while he’s bringing transported. April tells the turtles, who try to stop it but can’t. Stockman tries to teleport Shredder but he some how ends up in another dimension and meets a warlord named Krang who instructs Shredder to assemble a teleportation device he sent to Earth a long time ago. He gives Shredder some mutagen which he uses to transform two criminals who were also in the transport with him, Rock Steady and Bebop, into mutants. They then set out to find the device. April saw the transformation while investigating Stockman. She takes the mutagen and is chased by Shredder’s minions, the Foot Clan. She is saved by a man named Casey Jones who was the one transporting Shredder.

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