NOTE: Not to be confused with William Gibson's stage play and the subsequent film called The Miracle Worker. Funnily enough the text of Gibson's play has always been translated into Afrikaans with the title Die Wonderwerk (The Miracle).
The original text
Die Wonderwerker is one of two impressive films made about the life of the South African poet, journalist, naturalist and advocate Eugène Marais (the other being The Guest: An episode in the Life of Eugène Marais by Athol Fugard and Ross Devenish, 1977). Both works are concerned with a particularly traumatic period in his life when he spent a few months on the Van Rooyen family's farm to deal with his addiction problem, though the emphasis differs.