Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey at US Woordfees


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The official première of the film, Die Rebellie Van Lafras Verwey, will take place during the US Woordfees in Stellenbosch on March 9.

Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey film by Woordfees!
Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey film by Woordfees!

The official première of the film, Die Rebellie Van Lafras Verwey, will take place during the US Woordfees on 9 March 2017 at Ster-Kinekor, Eikestad Mall in Stellenbosch. The film is based on the popular radio drama and stage production written by award-winning author Chris Barnard and will come to life on the big screen from 7 April 2017 with renowned actor, Tobie Cronjé, in the lead role.

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Public can buy tickets to attend this prestigious event via Ster-Kinekor’s website:

This tragic comedy is based on a 1971 drama – a combined effort written and adapted into a contemporary script by the late writer and his son, Simon Barnard. It tells the story of Lafras Verwey, an outcast who could never accept the realities of life. Although he is a government official, he hears the sound of otherworldly music playing in his ears and dreams of a wonderful future. He considers himself a key player in the preparation of a significant rebellion that he believes would change the world. When he takes Petra (Chantell Phillipus), a young pregnant woman, in to live with him, the rebellion becomes even more important to him. Ironically enough, his dreamt-up revolution starts the very night that the baby is born. Comedy, drama and elements of fantasy are all intertwined in this gripping tale of a man who is willing to risk everything in his pursuit to make the world a better place for all.

Die Rebellie Of Lafras Verwey is produced by acclaimed actress and director, Katinka Heyns and Genevieve Hofmeyr, under direction of up-and-coming film maker, Simon Barnard. He also makes his debut as director of a full-length feature film with this compelling story.


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Simon, son of Katinka Heyns and Chris Barnard, grew up in the entertainment industry. His first movie role was that of young Benjamin Komoetie in the blockbuster, Fiela se Kind. Apart from the production of a documentary about his father for kykNET and music videos for Die Heuwels Fantasties, he is also the creator of 60 programs, in conjunction with kykNET and Medihelp, on psychological health (ʼn Lewe met… / Living with…) with psychiatrist Doctor Franco Colin. His first professional encounter with an on-screen drama was on the set of Die Wonderwerker, with his father as writer and mother as director. At the time, he got involved with behind-the-scenes photography, production and the editing of material for the film. Simon is currently co-owner of Sonneblom Ateljees, which was founded by Katinka in 1975.

Other renowned actors such as Neels van Jaarsveld, Chantell Phillipus, Cobus Visser, Lionel Newton and Albert Pretorius also star in this drama, which will be released by Ster Kinekor Entertainment on 7 April 2017.

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