Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley
Director: John Huston
Rated: NR RunTime: 103 Minutes Release Date: February 1952
Genres: Classic, Action, Romance, Drama
Peter Bull, Theodore Bikel, Walter Gotell, Gerald Onn, Peter
Swanwick, Richard Marner
of the film, based on the novel by C.S. Forester, is set in German
East Africa in September 1914. In a remote jungle village of Kundi,
Reverend Samuel Sayer (played by Robert Morley) and his spinster
sister Rose (played by Katherine Hepburn) are running Methodist
mission. The only link to civilisation comes in the form of
"African Queen", small river steamer that occasionally brings
supplies and mail. Its owner and captain is Charlie Allnut (played
by Humphrey Bogart), rough Canadian who would warn Sayers about the
war that erupted in Europe.
When Allnut revisits he finds that the mission is in ruins after an
attack by Askari troops and Rose is now alone. He volunteers
to bring her to safety but wants to wait for the end of war in his
jungle hideout. Rose however has different plans and the crazy idea
to use Allnut's supplies of explosive to sink large German gunboat
standing in their way. Allnut reluctantly agrees with her and this
is the beginning of the long and perilous journey.
THE AFRICAN QUEEN was hailed as masterpiece of its time, and often
referenced as movie that finally brought well-deserved "Oscar" to
Humphrey Bogart. The script uses the good old motive of "opposites
attract" - uptight, stiff-upper-lip British spinster and
rough and insensitive Canadian riverboat captain - finding not only
that they have more in common that they had to admit, but also
finding romantic attractions towards each other.
Their journey itself is interesting, with many realistic problems
and even more realistic solutions. But the realism of the film is
severely undermined with melodramatic scenes in the latter part of
the film, followed by even more melodramatic, unbelievable ?deus ex
machina? ending. It is even more so with extremely dated special
effects that fail to connect footage shot on locations in (then)
Belgian Congo and British Uganda with characters obviously shot in
London studios. Some of viewers who are sensitive about "political
correctness" would frown upon not so favourable treatment of
natives in this film.
The biggest problem with this film is, however, is its lack of
historical accuracy. The film suggests that Germans in East Africa
at the start of WW1 had the intention and resources to conquer the
whole continent. Nothing could be farther from the
colonies were scattered and isolated fromthe mother country and
manned by small garrisons with local commanders, such as General
Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, putting stiff resistance to Entente mostly
using the hit and run strategy which lasted until the capitulation
of the mother country in 1918. That earned him the reputation of
one of the most successful guerrilla commanders in history, and
that success is impossible to explain without at least some support
from local natives. Askari forces in East Africa perhaps were as
?savage? as depicted in this film, but such savagery was probably
common to their Entente counterparts and native Africans had no
reason to favour one colonial master over another.
Despite its historical inaccuracies, bad special effects and script
flaws, THE AFRICAN QUEEN may still be considered an entertaining
film which is worth watching.
Jones : Phantom Train of Doom
Selous ......... Paul Freeman
Colonel Paul Von Lettow-Vorbeck ......... Tom Bell
Richard Meinertzhag ......... Julian Firth
Jan Christian Smuts ......... Norman Rodway
Director: Peter Macdonald
adventure film in which Indiana Jones and a group of elderly
commandos take on a fiendishly powerful weapon in war-torn
Indy is ordered to locate and destroy a powerful German artillery
gun that is mysteriously able to appear and disappear at will,
leaving death and destruction in its wake. Assisting him is a
colourful group of soldiers nicknamed "The Old and the Bold"
because of their old age and reckless courage...
...Their mission takes them on a dangerous journey across the
German East African veld via wagon train and hot air balloon.
Overcoming all manner of obstacles presented by the enemy, his own
side and the harsh African terrain, Indy relentlessly follows the
trail of the mega-gun right into the bowels of a secret mountain
hideout where he plans an explosive end for the phantom train of
Directed by Howard
group of men trap wild animals in Africa and sell them to zoos.
Will the arrival of a female wildlife photographer change their
||Little Wolf aka
||Brandy de la
Life Hatari Trajedy
[Hartley] death, Diana took her two young children and stayed for a
while with Carr Hartley's family at Rumuruti.
There she met one
of Carr's employees, an Austrian named Heini Demmer.
Diana promptly went
into an animal-trapping partnership with Demmer - to supply zoos -
in direct competition with Carr Hartley, Diana's
Later still, Diana
Hartley married Eddie Knodi, a chef at Nairobi's Norfolk
to stalk the family. Diana's own mother, Mary, was hacked to death
with machetes by thugs who attacked the family's Nyeri farmhouse
during the Mau Mau Emergency.
seventy-year-old stepfather, G. A. Leakey, who was a blood brother
of the Kikuyu tribe, was dragged off by the same gang and buried
alive in October 1954.
Gray and Mary
Leakey are now in the same grave at Nyeri cemetery.
Knodi also died tragically. She was killed by a "tame" lion while
working on the Hollywood epic about professional animal catchers,
On November 1,
1960, Diana Knodi entered the lion's cage and it sprang on her. It
bit her three times, on the chin, throat, and chest, then mauled
her to death.
White hunter Bill
Ryan, who was on the film set nearby with stars John Wayne, Hardy
Kruger, Red Buttons, and the actress Capucine, commented, "Diana
should never have got into the cage with that lion. She didn't have
Diana's only son,
also named Lionel, began his professional hunting apprenticeship in
1970 with Brian Herne and Nick Swan. He was in the hunting business
for seven years, until March 1977.
Vultures Fly 1951
|Directed by Harry
W.P. Lipscomb Leslie Norman
adventure story of savage Africa.
Known As: Ivory Hunter (1951) (USA)
Directed by Harry
Michael Balcon .... producer
Leslie Norman ....
Original music by
Paul Beeson (I) Geoffrey Unsworth
Film Editing by
Jack Harris (I) Gordon Stone (III)
Management Edward Joseph .... production manager
Other crew Ernest
Irving .... musical director
the real-life memoirs of Mervyn Cowie, who had made a reputation as
a conservationist. In the film Anthony Steel plays a Kenyan game
warden - Bob Payton, who is distressed and revolted by the constant
attrition of African fauna, and decides to set about establishing a
national park in Kenya. Having taken over some thousand square
miles of territory, he has to do battle with the ivory poachers and
hostile tribes who have been enlisted in their support, before he
realises his dream, a land 'where no vultures fly', the Mt.
Kilimanjaro Game Preserve Park.
Ghost and The Darkness
The two Tsavo
lions who terrorised railway workers
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Producer: Gale Anne Hurd
A Kitman Ho
Paul B Radin
Screenwriter: William Goldman
a true story, THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS takes place in Africa
during the late 1890s and concerns two ferocious lions which killed
130 railroad construction workers in only two
A pair of
courageous men, no-nonsense engineer John Patterson (Val Kilmer)
and rugged hunter Charles Remington (Michael Douglas), set out to
shoot the creatures, known as the Ghost and the
their task even harder are the two animals un-lionlike behavior --
they kill in tandem, attack in the daylight, and show no fear of
anything. Soon the hunters become the hunted....
Robert Stack- Bob
Barbara Britton- Alice Hayward
Nigel Bruce- Dr. Angus Ross
Ramsey Hill- Maj. Parkhurst
Paul McVey- Commissioner
Hope Miller- Portuguese Girl
John Dodsworth- Drayton
Patrick O'Moore- Ballinger
Pat Aherne- Latham
Bhogwan Singh- Indian Headman
Bhupesh Guha- The Dancer
Bal Seirgakar- Indian Hunter Kalu
K. Sonkur- Karparim
Milas Clark- Mukosi
Director(s): Arch Oboler Writer(s): Arch Oboler Producer(s): Arch
Oboler Cinematography: Joseph Biroc- 3-D-Natural Vision, Anscocolor
Editing: John Hoffman Music Composer: Gordon
important as one of the first 3-D feature film- (the first was the
1922 film Power of Love).
Devil is an otherwise amateurish film, redeemed somewhat by good
performances and a reasonably interesting script (by director Arch
thinnish story is built around some authentic African footage
lensed by Oboler in 1948.
fact, the plot concerns two ferocious lions, whose man-eating
propensities halted progress on the building of an East African
Stack, Nigel Bruce and Barbara Britton appear in the dramatized
sequences, which look like they were filmed for an entirely
attraction of Bwana Devil, then and now, is its gimmicky 3-D
photography, replete with thrown spears and leaping lions
assaulting the camera.
Original Title :
Alternative Titles: A Tale of Africa, The Green
English actor Philip
Sayer (whose career seems to have peaked with the 1983 video nasty
XTRO) crash-lands his plane in the middle of the Savannah and
stumbles in search of food into the residence of James Stewart's
grizzly old recluse and his daughter Maya.
obviously smitten by the new arrival, but tensions between him and
the old man send Sayer scurrying away at dawn. In any measure, his
absence has already been noted by the Nairobi cocktail set, who
send out a search party in the form of elegant Eleanora Vallone,
eager to return him to civilisation.
Director : Susumu
Cast: James Stewart, Philip Sayer, Kathy, Eleonora
Lioness of Two Worlds
Virginia McKenna -
Bill Travers -
Geoffrey Keen -
Peter Lukoye -
Omar Chambati -
Brian Epsom -
Bill Godden -
Robert Cheetham -
Robert Young -
CREW Director: James H. Hill
Foreman , Paul B. Radin , Sam Jaffe
Based on the novel
Music By: John
Born Free is the
heart warming true story of a British couple who teach their pet
lioness how to survive in the wilds of the African
George Adamson (portrayed by real-life married couple Virginia
McKenna and Bill Travers) involuntarily domesticate several lions
while living in Kenya.
one, named Elsa, until she is fully grown, and rather than turn her
over to a zoo, they decide to train her to live like a wild animal
so that they can release her into her natural
Keen is a sympathetic government official who convinces the
Adamsons that they should set Elsa free to avoid being ordered to
place her in captivity.
based on Joy Adamson's book, is poignant and emotional without ever
becoming banal or overly sentimental.
song and film score both won Academy
Story of Elsa and her Cubs
Aludin Quershi -
Jean Hayes - Mrs. Herbert Baker
Nigel Davenport - George Adamson
Susan Hampshire - Joy Adamson
Geoffrey Keen - Kendall
Edward Judd - Game Warden Weaver
Charles Hayes - Herbert Baker
Nobby Noble - Bank manager
Peter Lukoye - Nuru
Robert Beaumont - Billy Collins
Shane de Louvre - Makedde
CREW Director: Jack C. Couffer Producer: Carl Foreman , Paul B.
Radin Writer: Millard Kaufman Based on the novel by: Music By: Sol
In this sequel to the
international success Born Free, George and Joy Adamson (Nigel
Davenport and Susan Hampshire) are a pair of married
conservationists who years ago rescued a lion cub named Elsa and --
after raising her to adulthood as a pet -- were able to
successfully return her to the wild.
later, the Adamsons discover that Elsa has died, leaving three cubs
of her own to fend for themselves.
and Joy once again take the young lions under their wing to see
that they safely grow to maturity, but the Adamsons also face the
challenge of reacclimating the three cats to their natural
environment so that they can live in freedom, as nature
predecessor, Living Free was filmed on location in Kenya and
features beautiful photography of the unspoiled African plains by
Wolfgang Suschitzky and Jack C. Couffer (the latter also served as
Films about the Adamsons -
Forever Free : Elsa's Pride
The Spotted Sphinx (the story of Pippa).
With Lions (1999)
Harris, John Michie, Kerry Fox, Ian Bannen
Other Stars: Hugh
Quarshie, Honor Blackman, Geraldine Chaplin, Guy Williams, David
Mulwa, Fred Opondo, Tonny Ernest Njuguna, Douglas O. Ayayo, Raymond
Ofula, Edward Kwach, Tirus Gathwe
In 1966, the film
version of Born Free was released. While Joy set off on lecture
tours following the success of her books and the film, George
remained in Africa to tend to the lions, without any of the
proceeds from her work.
next 25 years, he and his bother Terence (who hated lions but loved
elephants) continued to rescue lions from zoos and circuses the
world over, rehabilitating them to the wild on their wildlife
reserve at Kora.
With Lions tells George's story, through the eyes of a young man
who would take up his cause.
Miller : Stunt Man
English drifter Tony
Fitzjohn arrives in town, penniless, but lined up for a job as a
learns the position is gone, he hitches a ride with Terence, who
tells him of another opening, not mentioning the fact that the
employee he would be replacing was killed by a lion.
at the Kora compound, Tony meets George, who he realizes is the
same George Adamson (Played by Richard Harris) of Born Free
intimidated by the felines, Tony agrees to a week's work to raise
money to return to England, but soon comes to appreciate what
George and Terrence are doing, and stays on to help with the
outsiders applaud their efforts to support and rehabilitate the
wild animal populations, locals are less enthusiastic about their
neighboring tribesmen want the lands of Kora for their cattle to
graze, poachers are decimating the elephant and rhino population,
and armed bandits are invading from the north, posing a lethal
danger to the inhabitants.
matters worse, the level of corruption throughout the region meant
that government officials and the rangers hired to protect the
wildstock were being bought off by those looking to exploit the
animal resources, leaving George, Terence and Tony to wage their
own war with the poachers in an effort to save the
way, Tony meets Lucy Jackson, an anthropologist working with the
Somali tribesmen. She understands the native's wishes, but also
comes to realize what George and Tony are doing is also
bandits continue to make their way into the territory, the safety
of both man and beast is at risk. As pressure to close the reserve
comes from all sides, the Adamsons and their allies face a daunting
future in the Kora compound, and without help, face a similar fate
to those they are trying to protect.
title: ANIMALS ARE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE)
1975 Directed by
TOPICS: Wildlife, Kalahari
In their own complex
and mysterious world, far from the prying eyes of mankind, animals
lead lives of humor and horror, danger and dignity.
as shot in the Namib Desert, the Skeleton Coast, Etosha Pan,
Okavango Swamps and the Zambezi River Valley.
appear in the form of traditional San in once sequence. They are
shown mimicking the animals in gesture and sound.
jacket states: "you'll recognize a surprising range of `human'
traits and emotions in the lives of [Uys's] remarkable
CRITIQUE This feature
length documentary is made in Jamie Uys's usual style of comedic
narration, linked to a form of slapstick animal
get drunk, baboons cartwheel, and all variety of animals behave and
inclusion of some San characters who mimic the animals suggests a
much softer image of this group than appeared in Dirkie, while
their depiction as being part of `nature' portended their later
characterization on the two Gods Must be Crazy
title: LOST IN THE DESERT)
1969. 90 mins.
Directed by Jamie Uys
TOPICS: Kalahari; San; Namibia
SYNOPSIS Dirkie, an
eight year old city boy lost in the desert with his dog, is found
unconscious by two Bushmen (San), who nurse him back to health. But
Dirkie gets hysterical when he mistakes the meat they feed him as
his dog. He runs away, throwing stones at them. They abandon him
thinking that he is an evil spirit.
In Dirkie the desert
is primeval, hot, endless and a place of death where only the most
hardy creatures survive - snakes, scorpions, hyenas and Bushmen.
The adult who finds him is stern, frightening and intractable. His
son is kind and sympathetic and gives Dirkie water. The adult even
initially refuses to tell the search party and Dirkie's father
where he last saw Dirkie frantically following them. Having shown
Dirkie's father the place where Dirkie was lying under the sand,
the Bushman disappears. Dirkie and his father remain lost until a
searching jeep finds them.
Adult whites are helpless in the desert. Dirkie's pianist father is
a pathetic loner. The only woman in the film is the reporter who
feels for him, but who he shuts out first as an opportunist looking
for a `story'; and finally as just unimportant. No relationship is
developed or even hinted at. He is the `dour boer'; she is the
culturally excluded representative of the sensationalist newspaper
CRITIQUE The San pair
are not criticized by Uys. They are the battered remnants of a
hostile environment which thrust the possessed white boy upon them.
They abandon him as easily as they found him. Uys commented later
on his experiences of making The Gods Must be Crazy films where
`Bushmen' share and are kind. But this is a harsh image which
contradicts his later representations of the San.
Dirkie the desert is forbidding, Uys's later films (Beautiful
people and The Gods Must be Crazy films replace this sandy
malevolence and its killer inhabitants with kind animals and
beautiful scenery. Where planes, radio, jeeps and the military were
hot on the trail of Dirkie, now Uys makes fun of modern technology
as the path to rescue.
must be Crazy
1980. Directed by
Produced by Mimosa Films.
Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox
harmony in a remote Bushman (San) clan is disrupted by a Coke
bottle which falls out of the sky, discarded by a passing
clan, the Coke bottle is firstly, "one of the strangest and most
beautiful things they have seen". Second, it becomes "a real labor
saving device"; third, they learn that make music. Finally it is
recognized as "the evil thing" which has brought dissension and
competition between individuals within the clan.
source of the conflict to be removed, the bottle must be returned
to the Gods.
returning the bottle to the gods from where it came, Xi encounters
the zoologist (Marius Weyers) studying elephant dung, his coloured
helper, and a white woman who wants to teach in the bundu, away
from the city rat-race.
this narrative are buffoonish black guerrillas intent on
overthrowing the banana republic government; and ultimately,
policemen, court and imprisonment for killing a
guerrillas take the teacher and her school children hostage. Xi
rescues them by shooting the terrorists with the zoologist's animal
tranquilizer applied to his arrows.
narrative is argued by Uys's US critics to perpetrate the racist
core of the film:
inscribed a consciousness different from, and naturally subordinate
to, the white characters. Xi neither understands whites, nor the
nature of the threats impinging upon him. This relationship is
reinforced by the ease with which the black guerrillas are
disempowered by white `magic' painted by the zoologist onto the tip
of Xi's arrows.
The San character's innocence encodes an even deeper racism as this
condition, argue Uys's critics, makes Xi incapable of maturing out
of this state to one of sophisticated intelligence.
is made in the form of a slapstick documentary, using
pseudo-ethnographic narration, which lends it to a misreading that
it deals with actual conditions. The film is a
Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Joseph Thiaka &
by: Sydney Pollack
A film that
chronicles the life of Danish-born writer Karen
Africa is as much the story of colonial Kenya as it is of Blixen
examines a time period that covers pre-First World War One Kenya,
home to a wealth of colonists who came to Africa, established
plantations and claimed the land as their own, to the years of
growth and post-war expansion.
passage of time is often represented simply where certain
technology is introduced, motorcars and airplanes become
commonplace, tourism becomes an industry, and Karen's plantation
slowly grows from a dusty field to a lush business starved for a
Karen Blixen is far from easy: through her husband's infidelities,
she contracts syphilis; the war causes a whole other set of
problems; her plantation never becomes soluble; and she falls in
love with a man who can never truly belong to her.
story between the two main characters, Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep)
and Denys Finch Hatton (Robert Redford) becomes the main
Stanley Baker James Booth James Booth Richard Burton Michael Caine
Nigel Green Jack Hawkins Ulla Jacobsson Patrick Magee
Director: Cy Endfield
Screenwriter: Cy Endfield and John Prebble
The film is based on
historical events, but is not entirely factual (see below). In
1879, 4,000 Zulus went on a rampage and massacred 1,300 British
troops at Isandlwhana, then went on the warpath. The film centres
around the efforts of the 24th Regiment of Foot of the South Wales
Borderers to hold their position at a small outpost at Rourke's
Drift. But what chance do 140 soldiers, only 97 of whom are `fit
for duty' stand against the savage Zulus in their thousands?
Caught up in all this is Lieutenant John Chad (Stanley Baker), the
outsider who only came to build a bridge at Rourke's Drift, but
finds leadership thrust upon him when his entire regiment are wiped
out in his absence. Also present is the young Lieutenant Granville
Bromhead (Micheal Caine in his first major screen part), the
aristocrat with no combat experience who has to learn the true
meaning of honour, and its price.
Sir Henry Bartle Frere
Lt. Colonel Pulleine
Boy Soldier Pullen
Director: Douglas Hickox
Screenwriter: Anthony Storey, Cy Endfield
The supposed epic
prequel to the film Zulu. Zulu Dawn purports to put the Zulu side
of the story but still conforms to Battle Of Britain-style
the story of the 1879 battle that was the worst defeat imperial
Britain ever suffered, there's plenty of impressive
1979, from a script part-written by original director Cy Endfield,
this is half starched company buffers (Peter O'Toole, John Mills,
Denholm Elliott) mishandling diplomatic relations with the Zulus
and one half exciting action epic as the red-coated officers (Simon
Ward, Michael Jayston, Christopher Cazenove, Nicholas Clay) and men
(Bob Hoskins, Peter Vaughan) in the field clash with Cetswayo's
fearsome Zulu nation. Burt Lancaster reprises his grizzled scout
role from Ulzana's Raid as the old bush hand who knows nothing good
will come of this.
Douglas Hickox directs the people, but you can bet that all the
good stuff was done by second-unit ace David Tomblin. A subject
that's yet to be successfully tackled, the performance from Peter
O'Toole as General lord Chelmsford is, however, a worthwhile
triumph of manners over flies and sweat.
Ken Gampu, Stanley Baker, Juliet Prowse, Bob Courtney
1 hr 37 mins
Columbia TriStar Home Video
African production about a black tribesman who seeks revenge
against the men who killed his daughter. His quest leads him into
the white courts where justice for the black man simply doesn't
Walsh, Laura Linney Director: Frank
Explorers travel to a remote region of Africa to locate a stash of
diamonds guarded by hostile primates. They take along Amy, an ape
who can communicate with humans via a computer. Runtime: 109
Naked Prey (1966)
Wilde, Gert van de Berg Director: Cornel
Offbeat, suspense-building action epic about African safari guide
hunted by savage natives. Critics praised taut crafting, harrowing
sequences. Drama fans who can handle violence will love this one
The story involves the
capture of a party of white trophy hunters by a tribe of native
Africans, who are gruesomely tortured to death
Cornel Wilde, whose clothes
had been removed by the natives in preparation of his execution,
succeeds in escaping (hence the title of the movie).
The rest of the film
involves his fight for survival in the wilderness while being
pursued by a group of native warriors. Runtime: 96
Hunter, Black Heart (1990)
Eastwood, Marisa Berenson Director: Clint
Insightful, witty drama about hard-living, John Huston-styled
director obsessed with hunting elephants while making "African
Queen"-like film. Compelling, well-acted movie appeals to cinema
history buffs, fans of perceptive character studies.
Solomon's Mines (1950)
Deborah Kerr ... Elizabeth Curtis
Stewart Granger ... Allan Quatermain
Richard Carlson ... John Goode
Hugo Haas ... Van Brun aka Smith Lowell
Gilmore ... Eric Masters
District Commissioner Kimursi ... Khiva,
Chief Bearer in Red Fez Siriaque ... Umbopa,
Tall Prince-in-Exile Sekaryongo ... Chief Gagool,
Witch-like Guide to Diamond Mines
Baziga ... King Twala,
Usurper Gutare ... Kafa,
Umbopa's Old Uncle Ivargwema ... Blue Star
John Banner ... Austin, White Hunter
Benempinga ... Black Circle
Henry Rowland ... Traum, White Hunter (German)
Munto Anampio ... Chief Bilu
Director: Compton Bennett, Andrew
This is a
remake of the 1937 movie and was made again in 1985. Just as we all
know that Moses looks like Charleston Heston, we also know that
Allan Quatermain looks like Stewart Granger. The movie also has
many other greats as Richard Carlson of "Creature from the Black
Basic story is an adaptation from H. Rider Haggard, in which
Elizabeth Curtis comes to Africa in search of her lost husband and
eventually uses a large sum of money to recruit Allan Quatermain
against his better judgment to lead the search. Naturally the two
people even thought chaperoned have to resist nature taking its
Eventually picking up a stranger (Umbopa) going their way they run
into danger from animals, natives, and unscrupulous people. The
title gives away the reason that the husband (Curtis) was in Africa
to begin with.
Will Curtis be found and what effect will it have on Allan and
Cameraman: Harmon Cusack
John De Villiers
Producer Henry Hathaway
Director Henry Hathaway
Writer John Gay(based on the novel Gilligan's Last Elephant by
plans a leisurely vacation on safari in Africa but changes those
plans when he meets Granger, a troubled safari
Garas learns that Granger
blames himself, in part, for the death of a close friend. Refusing
to work for Garas, Granger sets out to kill the elephant that took
his friend's life, to overcome his guilt.
Garas follows, and together
they locate the animal, but Granger cannot find the courage to
fire. The elephant charges, and Garas refrains from shooting,
realizing that it must be Granger who does the deed.
Granger finally finds the
necessary bravery and, with his finger on the trigger, decides not
to kill the elephant--the rediscovery of his courage enough for
of the Jungle
The Main Cast of
George................................... BRENDAN FRASER
Ursula Stanhope.......................... LESLIE MANN
Lyle Van de Groot........................ THOMAS HADEN CHURCH
Kwame.................................... RICHARD ROUNDTREE
Max...................................... GREG CRUTTWELL
Thor..................................... ABRAHAM BENRUBI
Beatrice Stanhope........................ HOLLAND TAYLOR
Betsy.................................... KELLY MILLER
Arthur Stanhope.......................... JOHN BENNETT PERRY
Voice of Ape............................. JOHN
fun-filled tale of valiant rescues, amorous love with a beautiful
career woman, Ursula (LESLIE MANN), and the opportunity to move to
the city and live as a civilized human with all the comforts of
George (BRENDAN FRASER) is
ultimately compelled to return to his jungle habitat to fight off
nefarious poachers, defend his friends the wise Ape, the Tookie
Tookie bird and his trusty elephant Shep.
In the end, with Ursula by
his side, George finds that love conquers all as he regains his
rightful position on the throne as King of the
A Zeitgeist Films Release
Link Writer Caroline Link, based on the novel by Stephanie Zweig
Stars Juliane Kohler, Merab Ninidze, Lea Kurka, Karoline Eckertz,
Sidede Onyulo, Matthias Habich Certificate 15 Running time 140
minutes Country Germany Year 2001
Adapted from Stephanie
Zweig's novel, the tale tells of a Jewish family's escape from Nazi
Germany to Kenya.
Set before, during and
after World War 2, the story is luminously narrated by the grown-up
daughter Regina Redlich (Lea Kurka and Karoline Eckertz). Walter
Redlich (Merab Ninidze) is a lawyer unable to continue his work
under the Nazi regime.
Fleeing without material
possession, he arrives in Kenya to work on a farm. Suffering from
Malaria he is nursed by his Masai cook, Owuor, convincingly
portrayed by native Kenyan actor, Sidede Onyulo.
Soon his wife Jettel
(Julianne Kohler) and daughter arrive, and are forced into a major
u-turn in lifestyle.
Cultural adaptation proves
far easier for young precocious Regina than for Jettel. Building up
a strong and loving rapport with Owuor, she intelligently absorbs
the language and cultural idioms of the Masai
Dreamed of Africa
Cast: Kim Basinger
(Kuki Gallman), Vincent Perez (Paolo Gallman), Eve Marie Saint
(Franca), Daniel Craig (Declan Fielding), Lance Reddick (Simon),
This epic true
story tells the tale of a woman's struggle to tame her new family
and the wilds of Africa.
Kim Basinger plays Kuki
Gallman, a single mother who marries a close friend (Vincent Perez)
who has dreams of running a cattle ranch in Kenya.
Moving her new family to
Africa, Kuki begins her journey, but the move is only half the
battle, as she has to face lions, torrential winds, the culture of
Kenya and even a loss that will change her
Africa on Film
The strength of
this excellent book is that the author offers neither moral nor
political judgments on an evocative story of how a white child grew
to manhood in Africa and found himself fighting a losing war for
the country he loved." THE TIMES
Length: 90 minutes Format: 35mm Producers: Tara Whiting (Kudu
Films) & Dan Jawitz (ICE Media) Director: t.b.c Writers: Peter
Godwin Co-Writer: tbc Development Budget: US$ 120, 000 Status:
Script is currently in the early stages of development. The
producers are currently seeking development finance and
Peter Godwin's childhood is
idyllic. The African Bush is his playground. His closest friends
are the black workers on his father's estate who delight in
initiating this white boy into a love of natural history, local
customs and mythology.
But the joy and the freedoms of Peter's childhood are about to be
For this is Rhodesia, the year is 1964. lan Smith's government is
fighting to retain control of an all-white Government. Gangs of
freedom-fighters are springing up all over the nation. In the eyes
of the Government these rebels are terrorists. And to many ordinary
people-black and white- their methods of terrorizing locals into
providing support for their cause definitely warrants this
When the local Crocodile Gang kills a neighbouring white farmer,
Peter is horrified - not least because the murder weapon may belong
to his dearest adult friend. Broken-hearted, he's sent away to
boarding school - for his own safety.
Cocooned away from the growing political and military tensions,
Peter graduates. He decides to put on hold a Scholarship to Oxford
University, and fulfil his commitment to National Service. As his
father argues, Peter will just be 'holding the line while a
peaceful settlement is hammered out'. With the promise of majority
rule imminent, there's no way for Peter to argue against this point
- or his own father.
Barely 18 years old, Peter finds himself in charge of 120 black
soldiers in an anti-terrorist unit. Here he is face to face with
the reality of a nation struggling to be born out of conflict.
Terrorist groups war with each other and the local villagers are
pawns in everybody's game. Peter struggles to do his best for the
locals but his progress is shattered by the brutal tactics of the
thuggish Rhodesian Light Infantry. And when his own beloved sister
is killed on her wedding day, Peter is taken to the brink of a
This is the darkness before the dawn of a new era. Robert Mugabe -
leader of one of the biggest 'terrorist/ freedom fighting" factions
- becomes President. A "better tomorrow" has finally arrived, and
Peter re-embraces his love for the country by becoming a natural
history photographer and writer.
But the legacy of war has one final - and terrible - chapter to
One of the terrorists Peter arrested during National Service has
incredible news Mugabe's elite 5th Army Brigade is on a murdering
spree in Matabeleland. Officially a ''mopping-up" operation to
collect weapons used in the struggle, the 5th Army have
instructions to wipe-out as locals who had any connection with
Mugabe's "rival" freedom-fighters. In reality this is turning into
indiscriminate tribal genocide.
Peter is incredulous. His contacts in the new Government find the
rumours ridiculous. Peter's father urges him not to get involved.
Peter's done his share - more than his share - already. It's not
his problem. But this time - Peter does stand up to his father. He
must find out the truth. Even if it costs the Godwin family a
So Peter, disguised as a Priest, goes undercover into the very
heart of the Matabeleland curfew zone. There he not only discovers
the horrific massacres taking place - he himself becomes the 5th
Army's number one target. With a platoon of 5th Army soldiers on
his trail, Peter goes on the run - through the bush. Refusing to
even try to escape until he's found the rumoured death camp, Peter
at last discovers the terrible evidence of tribal massacres, by
falling into a disused mine and onto a mountain of dead
With the help of a black-orphaned boy - whose own father has been
murdered for political opposition to Mugabe, Peter now has one
final task... To get the evidence out to the world.
In a climatic encounter with a 5th brigade Army Soldier - Peter is
face to face with the realisation that his life is over. The bush
skills he leant as a child - and the Army - can no longer save his
own life. He has no option other than to accept his fate. But an
extraordinary choice by the man, who could be his executioner,
provides Peter and a nation - a way of transcending these
Peter escapes to bring the evidence of the Matabeleland Massacres
to the world's press. As a result of these revelations, Mugabe
ceases the tribal genocide. But Peter pays the price of having to
flee the country that is his beloved home. The first-ever embrace
from his proud father provides him with the courage to walk
© Ice Media 2001
I saw a few films in Zambia,
but I can't remember which ones ... what I do remember is that
before the start of the movie, it was required by Law that the
National Anthem be played ... it was also required by Law that
everyone had to STAND while it was being played!
On the whole Guillios, the local cinema in Manzini-Swaziland,
wasn't a bad little cinema. It was split-level and the upper
level was tiered. The films favoured by the local Swazi
population were the gun-slinging westerns and heroic "James Bond"
style action thrillers. They loved them! They used to loudly
applause the good guys and cheer on the hero of the film! As kids
we used to go to the Saturday matinees and then to the evening
shows as teenagers.
Because Swaziland was fairly relaxed, and the censorship board
in South Africa so strict, we used to get a lot of "banned" movies.
Any movie whose hero starred a black actor was banned in South
Africa ... Tick, Tick, Tick about a black police-sheriff was one,
as were all Sidney Poiter movies. Anything that was slightly
lewd or violent, such as Caligula, The Exorcist, and Clockwork
Orange were banned. But Swaziland got them all. The South Africans
used to come over for weekends and would revel in the delights of
the casinos and the cinemas.
Two of the most frightening films of the 1970s for me were - Jaws,
which I saw in Durban on wide-screen cinema-surround and thereafter
never went into the sea again, and The Exorcist which gave me the
horrors for a week. Jaws still slightly unnerves me but after
seeing more uptodate horror movies The Exorcist is tame in
comparison. When my kids saw this movie they couldn't believe that
it had once frightened me! but then again my kids don't think there
is anything "horrorful" about Chucky either!