Award winning Afrikaans play adapted as feature film

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The award winning Afrikaans stage production of Faan se Trein is to be developed as a feature film by Magic Films. The play has run to sell-out performances for over 40 years.

The Faan se Trein screenplay is by Koos Roets (After the Rain, Paljas, Storie van Klara Viljee, Funeral for an Assassin), an experienced screenplay writer, and one of South Africa’s leading directors of photography.

The story is about intolerance, greed and values. It centres on the ridicule and rejection that a mentally challenged adult man, Faan, faces at the hands of children and adults alike in a small town, Klaarstroom. He lives with his ageing father, Frik, on a bordering farm, supported by the unconditional love and tolerance of their domestic worker, Truia.

The issue of Faan, and his uncontrolled aggressive outbursts at his tormentors, divide the town. Some feel threatened by him, feeling he is a danger to society and continually push for him to be locked away. Others feel that he is harmless.

Faan is locked up, destined for a mental institution. The film culminates in the townsfolk saving Faan and taking over his curatorship.

The first production of “Faan se Trein’ was in 1975 – it was attended by over 80,000 people before its national tour even started. Since then, this stageshow has been seen by hundreds of thousands of people.

It is the only Afrikaans theatre show to have sold out runs in venues such as The Alhambra (Durban) and the Johannesburg Civic Theatre.

It has made regular appearances at all the big Afrikaans festivals, and won numerous awards.

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