An Act of Defiance; The Bram Fischer Story to open CTIFM&F
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:09
The Cape Town International Film Market & Festival (CTIFM&F) will open on Thursday,
12 October with the powerful and highly relevant South African story: An Act of
Defiance; Die Bram Fischer Storie.
The film tells the story of a man who did not become legendary like his client, Nelson
Mandela, but who was one of the key people in the fight for democracy in the country
in the fifties and sixties.
Bram Fischer managed to reconcile his white Afrikaner roots with his desire for
justice, joining the struggle against apartheid out of principle. He defended Nelson
Mandela and his comrades in the Rivonia Trial of 1963 and 1964 playing a crucial
role in preventing the ANC-leaders being sentenced to death and was an
underground guerrilla at the same time.
The film is a co-production between Dutch and South African teams that have worked
closely with the Fischer family and others, including some of the Rivonia triallists to
create a highly authentic and accurate historical film.
Jean van de Velde directed this political thriller from his adapted screenplay based on
Joel Joffes book The State Vs. Nelson Mandela. Van de Velde has this to say
of the film, I never fully realised the commitment and sacrifice these brave men and
women who fought Apartheid made, until making this movie; and I dare say this also
on behalf of our very talented and motivated crew and cast, it once again opened our
Producer Michael Auret expreses his thoughts on the film, Its appropriate that across
the water from Robben Island, home to so many that gave their lives for the
establishment of a non-racist and democratic South Africa, we can have the African
Premiere of a film which celebrates the life and work of some that we have not heard
South African actor Sello Motloung, who plays a young Nelson Mandela in the film
visited the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg as part of his preparation for
the role. The Foundation gave Motloung access to the audio records of Speech from
the Dock, which Mandela delivered on 20 April 1964 during the Rivonia Trial to help
him to re-create these powerful moments.
Much of the cast, the director, Jean Van De Velde, producers Hugh Rogers, Richard
Claus and Mike Auret, co-producers, Lwazi Manzi and Pat Van Heerden will all be in
attendance on Opening Night as well as Bram Fischer's daughters, Ruth Rice Fischer
and Ilse Fischer.
The cast members attending include Antoinette Louw, Morne Visser, Sello Motloung,
Izel Bezuidenhout, Jose Domingos, Fezile Mpela, Conrad Kemp and Nico Van Diemen
The Opening Night event is an invitation only Black Tie event that will see a host of
celebrities and dignitaries walking the Red Carpet at Nu Metro at the V & A