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Pens en Pootjies and other South African films

This is a chronology of films produced in South Africa or by the South African film industry.

1910s–1940s

Title Director Cast Genre Language Notes
1911
The Great Kimberley Diamond Robbery Adventure English South Africa's first dramatic feature.
1916
De Voortrekkers Harold Shaw Dick Cruickshanks, Goba Historical epic South Africa's white Birth of a Nation depicts Boer pioneers' northward expansion
An Artist's Dream Denis Sanbry Dick Cruickshanks Romantic drama Animation
1919
Allan Quatermain Lisle Lucoque Ray Brown, George Taylor Adventure
1931
Sarie Marais Joseph Albrecht Billy Mathews Afrikaans First South African film with sound
1948
Die kaskenades van Dr. Kwak Pierre de Wet Pierre de Wet, Gert van den Bergh, Paula Styger Comedy Afrikaans
1949
African Jim Donald Swanson Daniel Adnewmah, Dolly Rathebe, The African Inkspots, Sam Maile,Dan Twala
Kom saam, vanaand Afrikaans
Sarie Marais Francis Coley Johann Nell, Helen Faul, Anna Cloete Afrikaans Remake of 1931 film of the same title

1950s

Title Director Cast Genre Language Notes
1950
1951
Alles sal Regkom Pierre de Wet Al Debbo Comedy Afrikaans
Daar doer in die bosveld Jamie Uys Comedy Afrikaans
1952
Altyd in my drome Pierre de Wet Al Debbo Musical comedy Afrikaans
1953
1954
1955
Matieland! Pierre de Wet Steyn de Jager, Wynona Cheyney, Frederik Burgers Romantic comedy Afrikaans
1956
1957
1958
1959
Come Back, Africa Lionel Rogosin Bloke Modisane, Miriam Makeba Documentary English, Fanakalo, Afrikaans, Zulu

1960s

Title Director Cast Genre Language Notes
1960
1961
1962
Lord Oom Piet Jamie Uys Jamie Uys, Bob Courtney, Madeleine Usher Comedy English/Afrikaans
1963
The Anatomy of Apartheid Antony Thomas Documentary English
1964
1965
Dingaka Jamie Uys Ken Gampu, Stanley Baker, Juliet Prowse, Bob Courtney Drama Afrikaans, English
All the Way to Paris Jamie Uys Jamie Uys, Joe Stewardson, Emil Nofal Comedy English
Ride the High Wind/African Gold David Millin Darren McGavin, Maria Perschy
Coast of Skeletons Robert Lynn Richard Todd, Dale Robertson, Heinz Drache
The Second Sin David Millin Gert van den Bergh, John Hayter, James White Action English
1966
The Naked Prey Cornel Wilde Cornel Wilde, Ken Gampu, Patrick Mynhardt Adventure English, Africaans, Nguni languages Co-produced with U.S.
1967
After You, Comrade Jamie Uys
Seven Against the Sun David Millin Gert van den Bergh, John Hayter, Brian O'Shaughnessy Drama, War English
The Cape Town Affair Robert D. Webb Claire Trevor, James Brolin, Jacqueline Bisset Drama, Thriller English Remake of 1953 film Pickup on South Street
The Jackals Robert D. Webb Vincent Price, Diana Ivarson, Robert Gunner Adventure, Western English
1968
Oupa for Sale Richard Daneel Arthur Swemmer, Bill Brewer, Wena Naudé Comedy Afrikans, English
Die Ruiter in die nag (Rider in the Night) Jan Perold Johan van Heerden, Brian O'Shaughnessy, Willie van Rensburg Drama, War English, Afrikaans
Dr Kalie Ivan Hall Siegfried Mynhardt, Willie de Groot, Wena Naudé English, Afrikaans
Majuba: Heuwel van Duiwe David Millin Anthony James, Kerry Jordan, Reinet Maasdorp War English
1969
Dirkie (Lost in the Desert) Jamie Uys Wynand Uys, Jamie Uys, Pieter Hauptfleisch Adventure Afrikaans, English
Geheim van Nantes Dirk de Villiers Pieter Hauptfleisch, Francois de Bruyn, Leonie Ross Deama, Romance Afrikaans
Katrina Jans Rautenbach Katinka Heyns, Jill Kirkland, Don Leonard Drama, Romance English, Afrikaans

1970s

Title Director Cast Genre Language Notes
1970
Satan's Harvest George Montgomery, Tippi Hedren, Matt Monro Action
Lost in the Desert Jamie Uys Wynand Uys, Jamie Uys, Pieter Hauptfleisch Adventure English, Afrikaans
Vicki Ivan Hall Sandra Britz, Leonie Ross, Johan Esterhuizen Romance Afrikaans Filmed in South Africa - Durban, Margate; Rhodesia
Shangani Patrol David Millin Brian O'Shaughnessy, Will Hutchins War Filmed in Rhodesia
1971
1972
Kaptein Caprivi Albie Venter Will Sealie, Norman C. Smith, Ken Hare Adventure Afrikaans, English
Those Naughty Angels Neil Hetherington Family Adventure English
1973
Mr Kingstreet's War John Saxon, Tippi Hedren War
Die Voortrekkers David Millin History, War Afrikaans
Snip en Rissiepit Elmo de Witt Rod Alexander, Rika Sennett, Pieter Hauptfleisch Drama, Romance Afrikaans
1974
Animals Are Beautiful People Jamie Uys Paddy O'Byrne Comedy-documentary English
Boesman and Lena Ross Devenish Athol Fugard
Dans van die Flamink Ivan Hall Rod Alexander, Gaby Gertz, Anele Jonker, Sandra Britz Afrikaans
Dooie Duikers deel nie
Funeral for an Assassin Ivan Hall Vic Morrow Crime English
Ongewenste Vreemdeling
Pens en Pootjies Dirk de Villiers, Joe Stewardson Al Debbo, Marié du Toit, Don Leonard, Joe Stewardson Afrikaans
1975
Dingetjie is Dynamite
1976
e'Lollipop Muntu Ndebele, Norman Knox
Albino Jürgen Goslar Christopher Lee, James Faulkner, Sybil Danning Thriller English Filmed in Rhodesia
1977
Karate Olympiad/Kill or Be Killed Ivan Hall James Ryan (actor)
Tigers Don't Cry Peter Collinson Anthony Quinn, Simon Sabela Thriller
1978
1979
Funeral for an Assasin Ivan Hall Vic Morrow, Peter van Dissel, Gaby Getz Drama English, Afrikaans
Night of the Puppets Daan Retief Zoli Marki, Anna Cloete, Leonie Ross
Plekkie in die Son William Faure Jana Cilliers, Regardt van den Bergh, Eckard Rabe Drama Afrikaans
Grensbasis 13 Elmo DeWitt Danie Joubert South African Border War

1980s

Title Director Cast Genre Language Notes
1980
The Gods Must Be Crazy Jamie Uys N!xau, Sandra Prinsloo, Marius Weyers, Louw Verwey Comedy English, Afrikaans, Juǀʼhoan, Ungwatsi
Kiepie en Kandas Jan Scholtz
Karate Olimpia/Kill or Be Killed Ivan Hall
Marigolds in August Ross Devenish Winston Ntshona, John Kani, Athol Fugard Drama English Entered in 30th Berlin International Film Festival
1981
Kill and Kill Again Ivan Hall James Ryan, Anneline Kriel Martial arts film
My Country My Hat David Bensusan Regardt van den Bergh
Nommer Asseblief Henk Hugo
1982
1983
Siener in die Suburbs Francois Swart Marius Weyers, Louis van Niekerk, Sandra Prinsloo Drama Afrilaans
Funny People II Jamie Uys
Wolhaarstories Bromley Cawood Leon Schuster
Geel Trui vir ´n Wenner Franz Marx Ben Kruger, Ray Storm, Claudia Turgas, Deon van Zyl, Dulsie van den Bergh
1984
Flashpoint Africa Francis Megahy Gayle Hunnicutt, Siegfried Rauch, James Faulkner Adventure English
Boetie Gaan Border Toe! Regardt van den Bergh Arnold Vosloo, Eric Nobbs, Frank Dankert Comedy, War Afrikaans, English
You're in the Movies Emil Nofal Alain D. Woolf, Alan Field, Hal Orlandini Comedy English, Afrikaans
1985
King Solomon's Mines J. Lee Thompson Richard Chamberlain, Sharon Stone, Herbert Lom, John Rhys-Davies
Master Harold...and the Boys Michael Lindsay-Hogg Matthew Broderick, John Kani, Zakes Mokae Drama Written by Athol Fugard, adapted from his 1982 play of the same title
Nag van Vrees Jim Murray, Stanley Roup
Skating on Thin Uys Pieter-Dirk Uys Pieter-Dirk Uys Comedy
Vyfster: Die Slot Sias Odendaal Patrick Mynhardt
Wie Die Laaste Lag Koos Roets
You Gotta Be Crazy Emil Nofal Bill Flynn, Amanda Forrow
1986
Jock of the Bushveld Gray Hofmeyr Jocelyn Broderick, Michael Brunner Family film; based on the novel
Liewe Hemel Genis William Egan
Mountain of Hell David Bensusan
Outlaw of Gor John Cardos
Place of Weeping Darrell Roodt
You Must Be Joking! Elmo De Witt Rina Hugo, Carike Keuzenkamp, Kallie Knoetze, Janine Pretorius, Leon Schuster, Mike Schutte Hidden Camera
1987
Across the Rubicon Lionel Friedberg Pieter-Dirk Uys Documentary English
An African Dream John Smallcombe Kitty Aldridge, John Kani, Dominic Jephcott Drama English

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Kill Slade Bruce MacFarlane
Murphy's Fault Robert Smawley
No Hard Feelings Charles Norton
Nukie Sias Odendal, Michael Pakleppa Glynis Johns, Steve Railsback, Ronald France English
Operation Hit Squad Tonie van der Merwe
Platoon Leader Aaron Norris Tony Pierce, Robert F. Lyons, Michael Dudikoff Vietnam War drama English
Die Posman Anthony Wilson
Tenth of A Second Darrell Roodt
Tusks Tara Moore
Wereld Sonder Grense Frans Nel Scot Scott
White Ghost Beau Davis Action, Adventure, War English
You Must Be Joking! Too Leon Schuster, Lizz Meiring Hidden Camera
Saturday Night at the Palace Robert Davies Bill Flynn, John Kani, Paul Slabolepszy Drama English
Vengeance Cops Ivan Hall Chris du Toit, Helga van Wyk, Dawid van der Walt Action, Crime
Shaka Zulu
1988
Alien from L.A. Albert Pyun
Accidents Gidi Amir Action/Thriller
Act of Piracy John "Bud" Cardos Gary Busey, Belinda Bauer, Ray Sharkey
Any Man's Death
A Private Life (Jack & Stella) Francis Gerard Bill Flynn, Jana Cilliers
Fiela se Kind Katinka Heyns Shaleen Surtie-Richards, Dalene Matthee
Laser Mission Robbie Simpson
Last Samurai Paul Mayersburg
Let the Music Be Frans Nel
Love Me Leave Me Alan Birkinshaw, Charles Mariott
Lucky Strikes Back Joe Stewardson Lucky Dube
Mapantsula Oliver Schmitz Screened at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival
The Most Dangerous Woman Alive Chris Marnham
Mapantsula Oliver Schmitz Thomas Mogotlane, Marcel van Heerden, Thembi Mtshali Crime, Drama
Nightslave John Parr Lynda Marshall, Dominique Moser, Denis Smith Horror English
Options Camilo Vila
Out on Bail Brian Hessler, Gordon Hessler
Paradise Road (Traitors) Jan Scholtz
Quest for Love Helen Nogueira Jana Cilliers, Sandra Prinsloo
Space Mutiny David Winters Cameron Mitchell Sci Fi Considered one of the best spoofs on Mystery Science Theater 300012
Terminal Bliss Jordan Alan
Thrilled to Death Chuck Vincent
Van der Merwe P.I. Regardt van den Bergh Anneline Kriel, Regardt van den Bergh
Whispers Robert Bergman
You're Famous Yehuda Barkan Hidden Camera Israeli co-production
The Zambezi Kid Denis Scully
1989
A Dry White Season Euzhan Palcy Donald Sutherland, Janet Suzman, Zakes Mokae Drama English
Africa Express Bruce McFarlane Patrick Dollaghan, Karen Mayo-Chandler, Russel Savadier English
Killer Instinct David Lister Joanna Weinberg
Lambarene Gray Hofmeyr
The Gods Must Be Crazy II Jamie Uys
Have You Seen Drum Recently? Jürgen Schadeberg Miriam Makeba
The Native Who caused all the Trouble Manie van Rensburg
Odd Ball Hall Jackson Hunsicker
Oh Shucks! Here Comes UNTAG Leon Schuster Leon Schuster
Oh Schucks.... It's Schuster! Leon Schuster Leon Schuster
Okavango (Wild Country) Wayne Crawford, Danie Odendaal, Percival Rubens
On the Wire Elaine Proctor
Prey for the Hunter John Parr
That Englishwoman Dirk de Villiers Veronica Lang
Voices in the Dark Vincent Cox Lucky Dube
Warriors from Hell Ronnie Isaacs
Windprints David Wicht Marius Weyers

1990s

Title Director Cast Genre Language Notes
1990
Agter Elke Ean Steve Hofmeyr, Dulcie van den Bergh
Circles in a Forest Regardt van den Bergh Ian Bannen, Brion James, Joe Stewardson Drama
Nag van die 19de
1991
A.W.O.L.
The Angel, the Bicycle and the Chinaman's Finger
1992
Jock of the Bushveld
Road to Mecca
Sarafina! Darrell Roodt Leleti Khumalo, Whoopi Goldberg, Miriam Makeba, John Kani English
Sweet 'n Short Leon Schuster Leon Schuster
1993
Friends Elaine Proctor Entered into the 1993 Cannes Film Festival
There's a Zulu on my Stoep Leon Schuster Leon Schuster -
1994
1995
Cry, The Beloved Country Darrell Roodt James Earl Jones, Richard Harris, Charles S. Dutton English Based on novel of the same name by Alan Paton
1996
Anna
1997
Danger Zone Billy Zane, Robert Downey Jr US and CAN
Amnesty
Jump the Gun
Panic Mechanic Leon Schuster
1998
African Violet
Paljas Katinka Heyns 5 MNET All-Africa Film Awards, South African submission to 70th Academy Award for Best Foreign Film
Sweepers Dolph Lundgren Action Set in a mine in Angola.
The Sexy Girls
1999
Aces
Africa
After the Rain Ross Kettle Paul Bettany, Louise Lombard, Ariyon Bakare Drama, Romance
Millennium Menace Leon Schuster Leon Schuster, Desmond Dube Comedy English, Afrikaans
The Man Who Would Kill Kitchener François Verster Documentary Biography of Fritz Joubert Duquesne. 1999 NTVA Silver Stone & Stone Craft Award
A Reasonable Man Gavin Hood Gavin Hood, Nigel Hawthorne, Janine Eser Crime drama thriller

2000s

Title Director Cast Genre Language Notes
2000
Angels in a Cage Jeremy Crutchley, Sylvaine Strike
Apostles of Civilised Vice Zackie Achmat
Hijack Stories Oliver Schmitz Screened at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival
Inside Out
Long Night's Journey into Day: South Africa's Search for Truth & Reconciliation
Glory Glory Paul Johannsen, Steven Bauer, Amanda Donohoe, Gideon Emery, Ana Alexander
2001
Mr Bones Leon Schuster Leon Schuster, David Ramsey, Faizon Love, Robert Whitehead, Jane Benney Comedy Highest-grossing film in South Africa on release.
Diamond Cut Diamond Darrell Roodt Gary Daniels, Nick Boraine, Gideon Emery
2002
Amandla!: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony Documentary
Promised Land
The Sorcerer's Apprentice David Lister Robert Davi, Kelly LeBrock, Gideon Emery
2003
Adrenaline
Amandla!: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony
Red Water Charles Robert Carner Lou Diamond Phillips, Kristy Sawnson, Gideon Emery
Stander
State of Denial (film)
Wooden Camera
2004
Boy called Twist Kim Engelbrecht
Cape of Good Hope Mark Bamford Debbie Brown, Eriq Ebouaney, Nthathi Moshesh, Gideon Emery
Drum Taye Diggs
A Case of Murder Clive Morris Steve Hofmeyr, Candice Hillebrand, Gideon Emery, Anthony Fridjhon, Ben Kruger, Nicky Rebello, Ramalao Makhene
Forgiveness Zane Meas, Arnold Vosloo, Quanita Adams
Gums and Noses Craig Freimond Comedy English
Max and Mona
Oh Shucks, I'm Gatvol! Leon Schuster Leon Schuster, Alfred Ntombela, Gerry the Clown, Bill Flynn
The Story of an African Farm David Lister
Yesterday Darrell Roodt Leleti Khumalo Nominated for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 77th Academy Awards
Vadertjie Langbeen
2005
Engagement Caroline Nicou Romantic comedy
In My Country
The Flyer Kim Engelbrecht
Mama Jack Leon Schuster Leon Schuster
Red Dust
The Flyer
Tsotsi Gavin Hood Presley Chweneyagae, Ian Roberts, Zola, Terry Pheto Won Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 78th Academy Awards
U-Carmen eKhayelitsha Mark Dornford-May Won Golden Bear at the 55th Berlin International Film Festival
2006
Angels in the Dust Louise Hogarth Con Cloete, Marion Cloete Documentary English
Bunny Chow Kim Engelbrecht
Don't Touch
Number Ten
Faith Like Potatoes Regardt van den Bergh Frank Rautenbach, Hamilton Dlamini Inspirational/Docu-Drama
Son of Man Mark Dornford-May
Straight Outta Benoni
2007
Anner House
Big Fellas
Counting Headz: South Afrika's Sistaz in Hip Hop Vusi Magubane & Erin Offer Documentary
Footskating 101
Ouma se Slim Kind Quinne Brown
Poena is koning
Tengers Michael Rix Animation
2008
Bakgat!
Hansie
Jerusalema
Mr Bones 2: Back from the Past Gray Hofmeyer Leon Schuster Comedy Highest-grossing film in South Africa on release.
Skin
The World Unseen Shamim Sarif Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth Drama
2009
District 9 Neill Blomkamp Sharlto Copley Science fiction Nominated for Best Film at the 82nd Academy Awards
Invictus Clint Eastwood Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon Drama non-fiction
Jozi
The Chameleon
White Wedding
2010
Five Roads to Freedom: From Apartheid to the World Cup Robin Benger & Jane Thandi Lipman Documentary
Life, Above All Oliver Schmitz Drama

2010s

Title Director Cast Genre Language Notes
2010
Bakgat! 2
Jakhalsdans Darrell Roodt Theuns Jordaan, Elizma Theron, Janke Bruwer Drama Afrikaans
Schuks Tshabalala's Survival Guide to South Africa Gray Hofmeyr Leon Schuster, Alfred Ntombela, Sean Higgs Comedy English, Afrikaans
The Unforgiving Al Orr Ryan Macquet, Craig Hawks, Claire Opperman Horror English
Long Street Revel Fox Sannie Fox, Roberta Fox, David Butler
Liefling Brian Webber Lika Berning, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Elize Cawood Musical Afrikaans
Eternity
Life, Above All Winner of Best Feature Film at the 5th annual South African Film and Television Awards
Spud
2011
Beauty Oliver Hermanus Scheduled to compete in the Un Certain Regard at Cannes
Night Drive
Paradise Stop Jann Turner Rapulana Seiphemo, Kenneth Nkosi, Vusi Kunene Comedy English
Visa/Vie Winner of Best Music Composition in a Feature Film at the 5th annual South African Film and Television Awards for Kesivan Naidoo
Mad Cow Michael Wright, Michael J. Rix English
The Bang Bang Club Steven Silver Taylor Kitsch, Ryan Phillippe, Malin Åkerman Drama English co-produced with Canada
How To Steal 2 Million Charlie Vundla John Kani, Hlubi Mboya, Menzi Ngubane, Terry Pheto, Rapulana Seiphemo
'n Saak van Geloof Diony Kempen Robbie Wessels, Lelia Etsebeth, Riana Nel Drama Afrikaans
Viva Riva! Djo Tunda Wa Munga Patsha Bay, Manie Malone, Diplome Amekindra Drama, Thriller French, Lingala
State of Violence Khalo Matabane Fana Mokoena, Presley Chweneyagae, Neo Ntlatleng Drama
Platteland Sean Else Afrikaans
Getroud Met Rugby Afrikaans
2012
Dredd 3D Pete Travis
Combat
Semi Soet Joshua Rous Anel Alexander, Nico Panagiotopoulos, Sandra Vaughn Romance Afrikaans
Mad Buddies Gray Hofmeyr Leon Schuster, Kenneth Nkosi, Alfred Ntombela Comedy
Otelo Burning Sara Blecher Jafta Mamabolo, Thomas Gumede, Sihle Xaba Drama English, Zulu
Lucky
Material
Agter Die Ligte Nicholas Costaras, Joe Niemand Afrikaans
Pretville
Klein Karoo Regardt van den Bergh Tim Theron, DonnaLee Roberts, Hykie Berg Romance Afrikaans, English
2013
Fanie Fourie's Lobola Henk Pretorius Comedy, Romance Zulu, English, Afrikaans
To the Power of Anne Robert Anthony Haynes English
A Lucky Man
Shotgun Garfunkel Johnny Barbuzano English

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