South Africa: SA Film Rakes in R1.1 Million At the Local Box Office On Opening Weekend

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Koos Roets's new Afrikaans movie, 'n Pawpaw vir my Darling has earned R1.1m rand after only five days on the local film circuit and has been seen by approximately 25 000 people.

The film, which is based on Jeanne Goosen's novel and that tells the story of the Beeslaer family of 24 Frik du Preez Street in Damnville, is charming audiences with its unique humour.

In the movie, Vleis and Soufie Beeslaer try to keep their heads above water while dealing a with a small income, a daughter who threatens to leave for Hollywood, trouble with the neighbours, a grandmother who lives in a caravan in the backyard and Vleis's mom who frequently shows up at their home with her latest boyfriend - and that's the least of their worries.

Koos, who wrote and directed the film, says of the movie's success: "From the beginning I was convinced that our audiences shouldn't be underestimated, that our viewers have reached a level of maturity where they'll definitely be open for 'n Pawpaw vir my Darling's story, that they'll appreciate its honesty and will have understanding of and empathy with the characters.

Well-known actors such as Deon Lotz, Deirdre Wolhuter, Brümilda van Rensburg, Willie Esterhuizen, Lida Botha, Marga van Rooy, Marcel van Heerden and Hannes Brümmer are part of the cast, but it is the Beeslaers's dog, Tsjaka (played by Zeus and voiced by Tobie Cronjé) who shares the family's happiness and pain with the audience.

'n Pawpaw vir my Darling is released by Ster-Kinekor Entertainment and is showing countrywide in theatres in South Africa.
Source: News Wire 24 14 January 2016