Broer Matie

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Broer Matie is a South African Afrikaans film that was released on 20 July 1984. It is the last film to be directed and produced by Jans Rautenbach. The film takes place in the Klein Karoo region. The scenes outside the church were shot in De Rust in the Western Cape. The scenes inside the church were shot more than 1 000 km away at the Dutch Reformed Church in Boksburg, Gauteng.

The film

Upon the death of a respected farmer of the Klein Karoo region his testament reveals that he would like a coloured minister to officiate at his funeral. It's 1961 and the policy of apartheid is very much the order of the day. As the white church board discusses the farmer's request, a drama of human relationships plays out in the local community.

Production team

The film was produced by Jans Rautenbach (producer) and Louis Moller (co-producer). Cinematography was by James Robb and film editing was by Elsa Bijker (chief editor), Harry Hughes and Ilse Scherz. Casting was by Trudie Taljaard while Mark Engels, Luke Kgofelo, Sid Knowles and Kevin Montanari were responsible for sound. The camera operators were Terence Maritz and Mark Meyer and music was taken care of by Bobby Louw (musical arranger) and Boet Pretorius (director: music recordings). The production assistants of the additional crew for the film were Chris Botha, Elizabeth Ferreira, May Hill, Jeni Moir, Rudi Trap and Tony van Rensburg. Antoinette van Speyk was the assistant to the director.

The cast

The cast includes Simon Bruinders ("Daniel Kammies", known as "Kieries"), Paul Lückhoff ("Petrus Olivier" known as "Pietman"), Louw Verwey ("Andries Trichardt"), Patrick Mynhardt ("Jurie"), Trix Pienaar ("Hannie"), Joe Stewardson ("Matie Olivier"), Stephen Heyns ("Dominee Jooste"), Barry Trengove ("Sekel"), Kristo Pienaar ("Delport Snr."), Michelle Bestbier ("Vicki"), Douglas Fuchs ("Col. Vos"), Natalia da Rocha ("Elisabet"), Trudie Taljaard ("Lettie Summers"), Gerrit Schoonhoven ("Dirk Delport"), Chris Botha ("Terblans"), Johan Brewis ("Cobus Louw"), Will Roberts ("NP organizer"), Manie Maritz ("Oom Respekte"), Pagel Kruger ("Willem"), Nico van Niekerk ("Jan Staan-Alleen"), Joan de Jong ("Willemien"), Sakkie Hurling ("Adam Winters"), Michal Grobbelaar ("Otto de Waal"), Friedrich Stark ("At Pretorius"), Bobby Louw ("Vocalist"), Trish Downing ("band member"), Patrick Willis ("band member") and Liza Fourie ("band member").

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