Ongewenste Vreemdeling

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Ongewenste Vreemdeling ("Undesired Stranger") can refer to two related dramatic works:

A hugely popular Afrikaans radio serial ] and a South African Afrikaans film (1974).

Ongewenste Vreemdeling - The radio serial

An immensely popular radio serial, written by Beyers-Boshoff

Broadcast history in South Africa

Translations and adaptations

The series was turned into an Afrikaans film in 1974.

Ongewenste Vreemdeling - The film

The film was based on a radio serial by C.F. Beyers-Boshoff and was shot in the vicinity of Knysna and the Wilderness area in the Western Cape.

The plot concerns a convicted murderer, Gerhard Steenberg, who is out on parole. He travels to the town of Duiwelsvallei (Devil's Valley) where he becomes involved in the strange lives of the locals. Things go well at first, but soon murder, jealousy, revenge and betrayal rear their ugly heads. Gerhard becomes ensnared in a love triangle, but even the suicide of his girlfriend fails to drive the unwanted stranger from the valley. Only blood - that of his late wife, his best friend Bergsma and his own - will allow him to leave Devil's Valley.

Production team

Directed by Jans Rautenbach and with writing credits due to C.F. Beyers-Boshoff (radio serial) and Jans Rautenbach (screenplay). Produced by Emil Nofal, music by Hennie Bekker, cinematography by Vincent G. Cox, film editing by Harry Hughes, art direction by Jeremy Baylis, makeup by William Bell, production management by Colin Ward, set construction by Raymond Wilson, sound by Peter Henkel, Ted Peach and Jimmy Watt, camera and electrical by Allan Duffy and assistant editing by Dave Emary.

The cast

The cast includes Marius Weyers ("Gerhard Steenberg"), Sandra Kotzé ("Lida"), Barry Trengove ("Paul Bergsma"), Marié du Toit ("Eleen Zeiler"), Dulcie van den Bergh ("Ralie"), Anele Jonker ("Mitz"), Marie Tjaden ("Matilda"), Regardt van den Bergh ("Grové"), Manie Botha ("Peet Lubbe"), Gerrie du Pré ("Barry") and Sann de Lange ("Maggie").

Translations, adaptations, sequels, etc


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