C.F. Beyers-Boshoff

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C.F. Beyers-Boshoff (1926–1989) was an Afrikaans novelist, dramatist and scriptwriter.


Born Christiaan Frederik Beyers-Boshoff on 8 Mei 1926 on Potgietersrus and completed his schooling in Pretoria at the Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool. He studied languages at the University of Pretoria, where he met his wife, Petro Maritz. They had five chidren four girls and a boy, the artist Maurice Boshoff.

He initially worked as journalist and wrote part-time, but after a huge financial setback began writing full time, producing over 100 popular stories and novels, including books and series for young people, and a large number of TV and films scripts

They divorced in the 1970s and he died in Pretoria of a heart attack on 17 December, 1989.

Contribution to South African theatre, film, media and performance

Radio plays and serials

His popular radio serial Ongewenste Vreemdeling, which at the time held the record for the most listeners for an Afrikaans serial, made him a household name. Other radio texts include Dans van die Flamink, My Liedjie van Verlange, Die Vrou van Shangetti, .

Film and TV scripts

Eleven of his tales were turned into films, with scripts written by the author himself. Among them were Dans van die Flamink (1974), Ongewenste Vreemdeling (1974) (directed by Jans Rautenbach), Tant Ralie se Losieshuis (1974), My naam is Dingetjie (1975), Die Troudag van Tant Ralie (1975), Dingetjie is Dynamite (1975), My Liedjie van Verlange (1975), Grensbasis 13 (1979) en Eendag vir Altyd (1985).

He also wrote the English scripts including The Spots on my Leopard (1974), film Night of the Puppets (Daan Retief, 1980), Catch me a Dream (also released in Afrikaans as Vang vir my ’n Droom), Kill and Kill Again (released in South Africa as Karate Olympia). He also wrote some scripts for American TV.




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