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Two major Fugard films- a filming of Boesman and Lena, one of his best plays, and the Oscar winning Tsotsi.


Fugard Master Harold and the boys 2010 'Master Harold'... and the boys

Master Harold was filmed previously in 1985 with Matthew Broderick, John Kani and Zakes Mokae.  Now Lonny Price directs.  In the new version Hally is played by Freddie Highmore and Sam by Ving Rhames, Willie by Patrick Mofokeng and Bully by Justin Stein.

Master Harold and the boys

Master Harold and the Boys



Tsotsi 2005 Tsotsi

Fugard's novel Tsotsi was been filmed: "Set amidst the sprawling Johannesburg township of Soweto - where survival is the primary objective - Tsotsi traces six days in the life of a ruthless young gang leader who ends up caring for a baby accidentally kidnapped during a car-jacking."  Directed by Gavin Hood with Presley Chweneyagae as Tsotsi.  The film won the oscar for the best foreign language film in 2006.





Valley Song

There was an attempt to film Valley Song in 2004-2005 but nothing has been heard recently.


2001 The Island

A BBC World Service radio broadcast with John Kani and Winston Ntshona. The broadcast is based on the world tour of the play, and is produced for the radio by Andy Jordan.  The mime sequences are replaced by a voice-over.  After the broadcast John Kani gave a short interview "...we knew we were going to take on the establishment under the pretext of a play".

Island with John Kani Winston Ntshona in Island



Boesman & Lena 2000 Boesman and Lena

Danny Glover and Angela Bassett star in this major adaptation. The film hit problems when director John Berry died in the post-production stage.

Danny Glover in Boesman and Lena   Angela Bassett in Boesman and Lena

The flashbacks, for example to the couple looking at the coffin of their baby, are harrowing but destroy the flow of the film.

The film of Boesman and Lena

Fugard Boesman and Lena



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