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Getroud Met Rugby

Hollywood Boere Bromance

by Kavish Chetty / 15.03.2011

This film is a product of high treason. If foreigners get their hands on this film, we are fucked as a nation. In fact, in a surge of patriotic pride, I considered it my nationalist duty as a South African to head to the projection booth after the screening and destroy the celluloid – but these suckers were one step ahead of me: they went digital. And thus, this garish virus of cinema is free to spread its cultural carcinogens throughout the public. Every stereotype imaginable; every cliché available, it’s all here.

When I first suggested to a friend that he come along to watch Getroud Met Rugby he assumed it was a romantic comedy about a middleaged Afrikaans woman married to a rugby addict. He has his friends over every weekend to watch the sport on television, or otherwise is a rabid attendant at the local stadia. He probably wears a rugby jersey to bed, and never pauses at the chance to froth at the mouth about his glory days in a homoerotic boarding school, playing touch with the lads. In that sense, she’s “married to rugby”; the game becomes a third partner in their betrothal.

This just brings into focus how curious the title actually is – this film is a “hard-hitting” drama and a tale of (clichés locked and loaded) guilt, surrender and redemption. If I wrote this review on the film’s terms, I’d have to scrawl quotation marks over every sentence to preserve my dignity. It’s impossible to employ their vocabulary without sounding like a jackass, and it would all be borrowed language. In a pivotal scene, one of the characters says, “It feels like there’s a hole in my chest where my heart used to be.” The film-makers have accurately (and unconsciously) mapped out the gulf between our little portion of dark continent and the global superpower that holds us in its thrall. It’s as though they, a semi-autonomous culture, watched all the B-grade pulp cinema America has ever produced, snorted several lines of its most vicious tropes, and then tried to apply what they’ve learned to their own. Just because you take a banal Hollywood film structure and swap out some of the surface elements – put in rugby players and Afrikaans accents and whores with big mouths who look like leftover extras from that recent South African vampire movie – doesn’t mean you’ve accomplished anything other than capitulated to the terms of your master.

So let’s get this story in place. Think of this film as an ‘80s black-meets-white cop drama, without the cops or the blacks. There are two principal lead characters. The first is a young delinquent called Reghardt who will one day became semi-famous as a Wentworth Miller lookalike. He suffers from perpetual anxiety because he believes that he was responsible for his brother’s death. His father is an alcoholic who pushes aside a plate of scrambled eggs for breakfast and pours himself another glass of cheap whiskey. So Reghardt manifests his complex in strange displays of outdated masculinity: he is sullen, aloof and emotionless and whenever someone appears to half threaten him he asks them, “dink jy ek is ‘n loser?” and then beats them up. Otherwise, he appears to only have one outfit throughout this entire film – a pair of blue mechanics trousers and matching jacket – and in a romance he starts up later, he shows himself off to be a social alien, not knowing when to kiss a girl and later asking his buddies, a marvellous and articulate take on Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, “how do you know when a girl likes you?” His buddy says, “If she gets on her knees and lets you put a beer on her head while you watch the game.” You can just hear the faraway laughter of Pretoria misogynists. The other lead is a burnt-out ex Rugby pro named (there’s no bullshitting here) Fafa Beltrame. He’s fallen from grace and now lives with a stripper in a derelict apartment block. He’s supposed to be an alcoholic, but we only seen him drink Windhoek light throughout the film. If you want to be an alcoholic, palsy, do it properly! I want to see you pour peach brandy on your cornflakes like Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver; I want to see you crying outside the liquor store on Sunday morning, with phlegm-flecked shoes. Fafa also only wears one garment throughout this film: a Truworths back-catalogue collared shirt.

So, anyway, shallow story short, Reghardt and Fafa are both up for community service after getting rowdy, and Fafa is assigned to take Reghardt under his wing and train him for the local Stryders rugby team. But they both have fiery personalities and are both (here come them clichés again, honey) fighting their personal demons (here’s the cop drama part; young and old clashing over their style, and a whole bunch of amplified fight-sequence sound effects that sound like Bollywood). So the tension here is this: can Reghardt absolve himself of his brother’s death? And can Fafa return to his glory days as “Fast Fafa”, wing for the Stryders?

Getroud Met Rugby

To watch Getroud Met Rugby is to step through the fantasmatic screen of contemporary Afrikaans culture, and witness the bizarre play of masculine desires and intercultural conflicts. As the dialogue is so cumbersome and slow moving, it helps to shout out your own interjections in between the silences. Things like “Fafa, jou lekker ding” and “Dink jy ek is ‘n loser?” will do, but old monosyllabic classics like, “Kak”, “Fok” and “Blerrie hell!” will do just as well. I’m aware that slagging off this film is like wrestling with malnourished midgets or criticising suburban Cape Town indie rock musicians: it’s too easy and invariable becomes offensive. But there is a strange dynamic in this country that sets itself up. If I rip off Afrikaans culture, no one really gives a damn, because they’re on the losing side of our new dispensation. They’re seen as relics of an outmoded Apartheid culture that requires several years worth of satire before it has properly paid its price for twentieth-century xenophobia. But if I said the same thing about an African film, something like, “this is Meet the Parents decked out in loin-cloths and with a strange warmth for its erstwhile oppressor.” – I’d probably just sound plain old-fashioned racist. But why let our social moment’s ubiquitous double standards hold you back from jeering at this klunker of a film.

Unlike the dialogue, the music is not cumbersome and slow. It’s coercive and offensive, constantly blaring. You can hear a rip off of every MTV band ever, it’s all here. There’s Death Cab and Daft Punk, Rammstein and Foo Fighers; headbanging industrial metal and synth-saturated electro. The soundtrack begs you to crack open a couple of glow-sticks and go batshit crazy in the aisles. Soundtracks are usually supposed to have a general theme. This one doesn’t. If they release a soundtrack album, it’ll have to fit on about four discs, because I’ve never heard so much themeless non-diegetic music in my life.

This review has exhausted itself. This film is a parody and a self-caricature. It is a laughable and painful, filled with the promise of masochistic viewing pleasure. The way it takes itself so seriously just betrays all the repression going on beneath the surface.

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  1. Lizzy says:

    Why cant south africa produce a decent, lighthearted Afrikaans film? all the decent films in this language are serious and depressing…

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  2. Anonymous says:

    This review exhausted itself in the first paragraph, actually.

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  3. Tim says:

    I enjoyed the shit out of this 😀 I haven’t been able to take 1 Afrikaans movie seriously. Their comedy is watchable, but when they don a straight face I just about burst into tears; Yosos Fok!

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  4. Alex X says:

    Damn good review! Had me laughing the whole way.

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  5. hippiegoth says:

    Nice review. The film sounds atrocious, and surely deserves all the dissing it receives. I appreciate the reviewer’s awareness and mention of the trendiness and “acceptability” of dissing Afrikaans culture, too.

    For those seriously interested:

    Ouma se Slim Kind (2007, dir. Gustav Kuhn) was decent. Simplistic, maybe, nostalgic certainly. Some depressing bits, but I think that’s unavoidable: we Afrikaners seem to be inherently morbid. Still, I’d call it “decent and lighthearted.”

    Die Storie van Klara Viljee (1992, dir. Katinka Heyns) was beautiful. Yes, it’s very old, and as far as I know that was the last decent South African film made by a female director. However, it tackles serious issues without taking itself too seriously. Recommended.

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  6. JD says:

    It’s the fact that people, especially those involved in the production, will take this film so seriously that drives me crazy.

    If you ain’t got it yet, you ain’t got it! Give it up already!

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  7. chicken braai pack says:

    This is a seriously good review, because it sets about achieving what all good cultural journalism should – to join the dots between the film’s shortcomings and the challenges that face South Africans in the way that see and interact with each other. If groundbreaking art illuminates the way we see ourselves in a positive way, then surely the atrocious stuff highlights these connections by virtue of the hollow void that it casts around them.

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  8. the universal quantifier says:

    sounds like die antwoord, jack parow and the fokof kartel should all have cameo roles

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  9. YsterHart says:

    Die Storie van Klara Viljee is pretty great.

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  10. Afrikaans says:

    The after-effects and the way the cycle rotates: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JcKVT-fyaA&feature=related. Whatever it is, it feeds off each other.

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  11. fan says:

    This film was made for a particular market- and i reckon they did a pretty good job.

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  12. 'losing side' says:

    We give a damn. So don’t be ripping off the Afrikaans Culture, boet.

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  13. Carol Reed says:

    Looks the the Afrikaner “disenfranchised” sector have finally heard about this article. Expect torrents of shaky logic.

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  14. Tjellie says:

    The problem with the AFRIKAANS film industry is that the people who make the decisions are complete idiots as we are clearly aware of. This on the other hand does not depict what all Afrikaners are. The saddest part of this review is that the word apartheid is in it, it is a clever way of saying something powerful without saying anything at all. “They’re seen as relics of an outmoded Apartheid culture that requires several years’ worth of satire before it has properly paid its price for twentieth-century xenophobia.” The focus as shifted clearly from reviewing a shit movie to disrespecting the Afrikaner, I think personally that the person who reviewed the movie was so happy to just have a platform to disrespect the Afrikaner for what ever reason that he lost focus of what his job entails, that the review of a terrible film shifted to write a article on putting down the Afrikaner and this is sad not only for the journalistic culture of South Africa but every person who is fed up listening to a writer taking a arena for writing some constructive criticism for the Afrikaans film industry, or any industry but instead tries to be political and offensive, almost a bit ignorant.

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  15. 'losing side' says:

    Tjellie, well said.

    Carol Reed poplap, I can say with pride that one quality that we the the Afrikaner possess is respect (that you CLEARLY lack off).

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  16. Anonymous says:

    I don’t know man, I liked Bakgat.

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  17. Poenie says:

    …Vetkoek Paleis spawned all of this…Lipstiek Dipstiek For Life, Doos! .Great Review !

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  18. Straight Outta Brakpan (Not) says:

    The reason this film review succeeds, dear Tjellie, is precisely because of its selfconsciousness, that ripping off Afrikaans culture is part of a double standard currently in vogue, and also that this film is about more than just the film – it’s about a whole attitude which underlies the reason this film can be made, the effect that it has, and what it says about society.

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  19. Tjellie says:

    Straight outta brakpan, you are not getting what I am trying to say, by stating the obvious wont make you win an argument, it is just stating something to sound viable. I am talking about the political attack the writer of the review is making. I could’ve told you what the film entails by just looking at the poster, If there was to be a horrible English South African movie I wouldn’t say that the reason the movie is so shit is because the British enforced slavery in South Africa… It would not fit, but seeing as everyone thinks Apartheid was an Afrikaans thing and it was recent enough it is a go to statement to use, as in fact it stems from an implementation enforced by the British. Fuck the film, and fuck what the film “subconsciously” is saying. Putting down the Afrikaans speaking people like that because of a bad film is fetid and somewhat pathetic. If you can only insult someone by using that, it is a sad day for everyone…

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  20. poena of eier ? says:

    Tjellie doesn’t have a fucking clue what Kavish and S-O-B are talking about, and there’s nothing more dangerous than someone who thinks they know what they’re doing. It’s not a cultural thing, it’s an issue of intelligence and awareness, and the more that mildly-intelligent Afrikaners feel blindly obliged to stand up for the mind-numbing stereotypes that their media engines market as “volkskultuur”, the more they entrench the negative stereotypes that others hold of them.

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  21. random says:

    Mr Chetty… you done did it again.

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  22. Anonymous says:

    Apartheid was an Afrikaans things? Not so fast. Apartheid existed well before the Nats came to power, it just wasn’t codified. The attitudes had been around for centuries though. The British weren’t exactly non-racist, to put it mildly. And there sure were alot of english speaking whites who were quite happy with the system. As much as I give the Afrikaaners kak about their culture, I am under no delusions that they were soley responsible for apartheid. It seems many of the commentators on this thread are too young to remember much about apartheid or the older commentators have very selective memories.

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  23. susan says:

    Very subjective. Did you get rid of all your frustrations with the Afrkaners? Do you think this is the forum to do it in?

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  24. ROELOF says:

    To all the English South Africans: Do you realise that you are the only people who dont have a specific culture? Who don’t belong to a tribe? Who has no identity other than a generic identity, the stuff thats left over after everyone’s had some fun? And how did all of you white people NOT benefit from apartheid? And how is that the Afrikaners are carrying the brunt of the pointing finger? This movie must have something going for it if so many peeps have got something to say…

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  25. @ROELOF says:

    What a remarkable thing to say. As if ‘identity’ is some pure, authentic entity, and not just an obvious historical pastiche and construct. Enjoy your identity.

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  26. Andy says:

    Don’t see how one review of a kak film, and let’s face it, it sounds like a kak film, gets interpreted as an indictment of the whole Afrikaans culture?

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  27. p says:

    ek’s lus vir scrum. anyone?

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  28. Floyd says:

    Ek gaan nie vir jou lieg nie skrywer. Daar is ‘n relatiewe klein volkbehepte groepie individue wat met alle krag en mag bloot wil bevestig dat daar nog iets soos ‘n gedeelde Afrikaanse identiteit is. Ene wat eerder sal kruip as om geensins eers te bestaan nie. Op Varsity en in talle institusies wat kreatiewes oplewer word daar op tersiëre vlak idees en konsepsies geskep wat dikwels enige internationale kontemporêre film tot sy knieë toe sal laat buk en sy bier rustig op sy, ja sy, kop sal balanseer. Maar ware kreatiwieteit en vindingrykheid staan ongelukkig gebuk onder vrese van kulturele uitwissing of selfs erger, kulturele misinterpretasie en opvatting.
    Die punt wat ek probeer maak is dat jou argument oor die film miskien insluitend van ‘n baie groter Suid-Afrikaanse demoon moes wees. Die feit dat al ons tv, ons film en ons musiek afgewaterde kopieë is van bestaan Amerikaanse formules. Die medium self en storie vertellings meganismes is oorbekend. Dit verg bitter min om hierdie resep te laat werk. Maar doen Hollywood dit nie ook oor en oor en oor nie? Meteens sien ‘n film soos die se gehore hul eie geliefde ªmeestal) sangers in ‘n formaat wat misgis kan word vir die ware Jakob en voel, hulle voel hul kultuur is internationaal steeds saaklik.

    In die tyd toe die taal Afrikaans net net so begin houvas kry het op sy bestaansreg het skrywers soos Langenhoven boeke en boeke vol geskryf. Ja, meeste daarvan wat bloot skryf vir die onthalwe om in Afrikaans te produseer. Wat hierdie film hoogstens van getuig is ‘n vresende kultuur wat leeg gesteek is deur deur ‘n ‘brain-drain’ en intimidasie en onsekerheid van ‘n bestaansreg. Jy kan ‘n drol hoe ook al aantrek, dit bly ‘n drol.

    Dat daar niks opvallends gebeur het tussen literêre genieë van hierdie dekade en die wat films maak nie is die kink in hierdie hoes. Dat die Wes Andersons, die Jean-Pierre Jeunettes en Niel Blomkamps nooit ‘n poging gemaak het of probeer maak het om ‘n kultuur wat ‘n epiese vervlakking ondergaan het te resasiteer nie getuig van hierdie film en sy makers se onbewuste en omgekeerde boodskap.
    Het hulle ‘n moderne Dirkie Uys of Rageltjie de Beer geskep? Nee. Is die proporsies van liefde op die skerm val gelykstaande aan Lorca se Duende? Nee. Sal jy as kyker die ongelooflike gevoel van Sophicles se ‘communitas’ beleef. Vok nee.

    Ek stel dan vir jou voor skrywer om nie Wielie Walie aan te sien as ‘n Griekse tragedie nie, want seer sekerlik sal jou lense jou dronk in jou episentrum laat en onvanpasde wyshede kwyt raak. Jy gebruik nou ‘n olifants geweer om ‘n dassie te jag en al wat oorbly is ‘n poelietjie bloed.

    dog goeie artikel en die kommentaar het my besig gehoud dat 50minute se beeldmateriaal render op ‘n korporatiewe video waar ek nog klomp ryk witmense se maatskappy moet laat lyk soos die ‘epitome’ van swart bemagtiging self.

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  29. anton danza says:

    speak english man. or praat engels man.

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  30. Anon says:

    I believe Barry Ronge became straight after watching this, amazing.

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  31. zappablaster says:

    Carol Reed, simply, you are a racist… I hope the day comes when White English-Speaking South Africans (so-called WESSAS) stop pretending they had nothing to do with Apartheid, that their parents and grandparents did not grow wealthy by taking full advantage of the huge economic benefits allowed to whites across the board by legal exploitation of blacks (but neatly distancing themselves from the public face of Apartheid in the process)… On a simpler note, you also may want to think why the National Party’s English-speaking membership increased massively during the 1980s… And then you may want to ask yourself whether, in the broadest view, the Tony Leons and Helen Zilles of the world are really that much better than their politically empowered white predecessors… And lastly, consider whether it is not time to start investigating why WESSAs are hypocritically engaging in bashing WASSAS as a last resort in the attempt to score points as The Just White… (Hey, there may even be a rap rhythm in that somewhere… Wessa, Wassa, Wassup ek se?)

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  32. Lizzy Ds says:

    I was born in an Afrikaans household. The typical NG-kerk traditional full-on boere rugby bullshit. Keeping traditions alive and carrying the memories of ancestrial forefathers who laid their lives down for the wellbeing of a newer generation of hope. I really have to ask myself, is this fast selling Americanised formula of so called ‘art’ and story telling what they had in mind?
    Ek is skaam vir my moedertaal!
    Is this what my home country has to offer the world?
    Our country has so many aspiring artists and creative free thinkers, it is scary to see the only productions that make it into the cinemas or on the commercial set is “moer vloek” and foul Afrikaans slang that shocks enough to sell.

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  33. Sid says:

    Just had an Afrikaans guy come past and make the usual Dutchman racist remark using the K word. Can’t do Afrikaans at all and never will! The culture is a little behind. If Afrikaans folks don’t choose to develop with the country then good bye we won’t miss your ass trust a whole lot of us.

    There is this sense that Afrikaans is a world and culture of its own. Please all of you move to Oranja and make space for the rest of South Africa to move forward.

    Sid (White English South African)

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  34. Floyd says:

    You know Sid I kinda get what you’re saying and the larger part of white Afrikaans people have had a hell of a time distancing themselves from thought patterns and modes of behaviour that were considered and sold as being sacrosanct to survival of their identity…and their very selves. Wasn’t voting yes for change in the 1994 referendum an indication that more than less wanted to change….from these destructive idionsyncracies? Wouldn’t you say that if you look back down the road after 17 years that there probably would have been many now who did not think it was such a keen idea? Does it surprise you that there are Afrikaans boys and men walking around acting like people with one brain cell – again – still? Does it surprise you further that movies like the one presented in this context is released and does nothing more than give over-the-hill-billy producers standing on their last rotten legs the chance to reaffirm that the original choices they made were the right ones?

    I’m not sure I get you’re comment that Afrikaans is a world and culture on its own. Any cultural grouping considers themselves as such. In 1966 the ANC themselves noted that Afrikaners are inhabitants of Africa and own to this continent. For crying in a bucket, the language was an academic scientific language. World renowned scientists, artists, corporations were formed from this ‘lagging culture’. Both my parents are Professors and worked across the world. They take great pride in their identity.

    It kinda saddens me that the tone and content of your commentary on the Afrikaans folk appears reminiscent of the exact standard of biasedness that you so unequivocally and nonchalantly dismiss as belonging to a people who have been living on this continent for close to 400 years.

    Are your eyes completely closed off to movements like die Voëlvry beweging, Porselynnkas, poets and writers to vast to name, even the Northern suburb Indie explosion, which, perhaps not being very PC at least went out and questioned all the existing Afrikaans values. (They just didn’t find anything to replace it with granted).

    I also beg to question this “you and the rest of South Africa”. I just can’t even fathom to start to consider who you are ‘moving forward with’. Literally, figuratively, emotionally. Are we talking about the same South Africa?

    I pity your so very very much. Hope it’s not what you are like.

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  35. JD says:

    I’m sorry everybody but LizzyD’s comment usurps every other comment here.
    Hit the nail on the head.
    That’s the point – This film makes her feel “skaam vir my moedertaal”.

    PS – We’re all racist…

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  36. Sid says:

    When the majority of Afrikaners are walking around still using the word Kaffer as if it is ok and still supporting this white superiority bullshit, then no I have no time for them.

    If you look around you and open your eyes South Africa is moving forward in a BIG WAY! Racism has no place and vast groups of us (South Africans) frown upon racist behavior. We need to move forward and create one culture like many cultures has done around the world with great success. This is real life you can’t suck this shit out of books so put your books down and join the rest of us!!

    Do you consider yourself as a part of this country? Do you want it to work? Do you see yourself as South African?

    Move out of Ornaja and maybe you’ll see the true South Africa. Don’t have time for an Afrikaner and never will.

    Don’t pity me I’m doing just fine

    Thanks for the response


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  37. Mina says:

    Sid I thank you for that. Floyd has some issues that he needs to deal with shame. I understand what you are saying about the new generation of South Africans. Leave them (The Floyds) fall behind, “If you have a good heart then follow us we are moving forward” VIVA!

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  38. Gatvol vir sommige swartgatte se remarks says:

    This unecessary attack on afrikaans people whereby you should actually focus on the review of the movie, makes me a pure racist… I’m tired of promoting love and peace between white and black, and I’m tired to pretent my love towards them… Take your black ass, vote for the ANC and feast on emtpy-promises coz afrikaans people are the ‘reason’ why this country aint moving forward. At least afrikaans people are working towards creating something for the theatre field – black people creating a film about a woman getting raped aint gonna break the ice much further (coz that is the usual). And sorry for including all the black people, but if your’e not the guilty party, don’t feel offend.

    On to the movie: Great acting, weak storyline. No need for teenage love scenes! Keep the grunge and strong emotions and you have Getroud met rugby right there. My verdict – 6/10

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  39. zappablaster says:

    @Sid (“the usual Dutchman racist”; “Please all of you move to Oranja”; “Don’t have time for an Afrikaner and never will”) – Not wanting to labour the point, but Sid, are you maybe a bit intellectually challenged on top of being racist? Can you not see the hypocrisy in lumping all members of a so-called “cultural group” together with comments such as these and then in the same breath writing things such as “Racism has no place and vast groups of us (South Africans) frown upon racist behavior”???? Stop parading as the (of course English-speaking) Just White, look at “the Apartheid within” before you act so self-righteously, and then take your own advice and frown upon yourself… I am not sure your position on “Afrikaners” (whatever that means these days) is all that different from “Gatvol”‘s on black people above. Following your way of arguing, is it then also ok for you to say, all Jews are Zionist moneygrubbers, all coloured people steal and do not have front teeth, etc etc? Are you also going to say, Muslims around the world, you are all fundamentalists and/or terrorists, so go live with the Wahabbis in Saudi Arabia or with the Taliban in Afgahanistan? I suspect (or hope) not. Or are you going to come up with some ridiculous comment such as, no, I am not attacking a race but a culture and therefore am not racist? Of course there is huge-scale racism in South Africa; of course a lot of this comes from white Afrikaans speakers (refer “Gatvol”) – but your relegating this problem to a specific group is not only retrogressive and potentially dangerous, but also completely blind to your own hypocrisy. If you are truly the positive New South African you claim to be, go read our constitution on hate speech…

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  40. Andy says:

    where, in the text, is the “unnecessary attack” on Afrikaans people?

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  41. Gatvol vir sommige swartgatte se remarks says:

    @Andy, it starts in the title brother “Hollywood Boere Bromance” – it’s not even related to anything Boere. If you gonna attack the Boere-volk, do it in a more classy sense

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  42. Sid says:

    Read again and really be honest with yourself. Freedom of speech is also in our constitution and I am enriched by it. Being enriched and being enabled to flourish is one of the gifts this country gives us all. We are working on a blank canvas people WAKE UP! If you have nothing to worry about then leave it, move forward and be a part of the growth. Stop walking around like you need permission- we dropped the passes remember. There is no danger just voicing an underlying truth that needs to be brought to light. I could have only imagined what could have come out of these posts and look a much needed conversation I see. We should have raw honest conversations like this more often to move on. We need to get enraged, sad and look at our scars. Engage in those feelings of hopelessness ,these kinds of defeated attitudes and for once stop being so nice about it. Tell the truth and bring it all to life, that’s real healing. The only reason that the minority is not getting along with the development (amongst many reasons) is because racism is left as this dirty little secret and everyone knows it aint! This kind of silent animosity that is being carried around doesn’t provoke any healing. Healing does not lie in a dark space to fester and get worse. TALK ABOUT IT SOUTH AFRICA!!
    I took an aggressive approach to the subject but it is all completely true and drawn from the experience of life. I completely stand my ground on this one with hope and integrity.

    I am stoked at the outcome of the responses.

    I’m not a black South African I’m a white South African ,so check yourself and be honest and stop being scared.f you aren’t part of the bullshit then don’t worry about it!

    Roll on South Africa! We are healing!



    Andy you are there!

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  43. Gatvol vir sommige swartgatte se remarks says:

    This is not the way to “wake up” South Africans – failed in your attempts! Adopt another strategy my fellow white South African

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  44. Sid says:

    Thanks for the response.


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  45. zappablaster says:

    @ Sid – Thank you for the response. “Being honest” with myself as a white person with parents and grandparents in this country, whether Afrikaans or English speaking, does mean that I received a huge advantage financially, educationally and so on (and yes, you could also argue that then “Afrikaners” – especially if linked to the Afrikaner Broederbond – also obtained greater advantage in securing government, educational or parastatal jobs than their English counterparts). But being honest also entails pointing out that there are very many White Afrikaans Speakers who, like you, want to live in a country that deals constructively and fairly with both past and future and have hope for something new – and that it does not help anyone to keep attributing racism amongst white people to one specific group – it is simply not the truth. For every “Dutchman who uses the K word” I am sure I can find you not only a wealthy WESSA who moans about affirmative action and black incompetence but also a young-generation confused WASSA who is trying to figure out how to deal with an identity inherited from a past they do not understand or necessarily relate to… The bigger point here is not only that all white people, if honest, need to bear some measure of acknowledgement of advantage, but also that perpetuating outmoded divisions and stereotypes cannot in any way be a progressive step forward – unless you want absolute separation – of which the logical outcome is eventually war, of course… Our constitution – unlike that of the USA, for example – is also quite clear on the limits to free speech when it comes to hate speech…

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  46. Sid says:

    Zapperblaster congratulations on avoiding the subject once again with your wordy explanations. Take responsibility for those that still walk around with the sad white superiority bullshit and walk around using the K word. It’s up to us as the united community to make sure that those people are stopped and treated as the dirt they are. I am tired of standing in the queue at a shopping mall and some poor Afrikaner turns around to me (and many others for that matter) and makes these ever so KAK comments assuming that I agree on their racist comments. It happens more than often and I am one white South African that is willing to stand up and say STOP YOUR SHIT!

    The white community at large feels a sad sense of protection because of white right wingers. They are the first to run screaming. This “war” you are so afraid of and so bloody adamant about – what shit is that? Let me tell you something South Africa has grown too much to screw things up with war. Take your wordy crap and stop being afraid, your last response reeked of fear and so did the one preceding it.

    You are such a scared South African please grow up and start healing. Stop wallowing in the past and start teaching our kids how not to be afraid and become part of the country.

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  47. Anonymous says:

    Afrikaans is a bastardized and stolen ‘culture’ itself anyway.
    The leftovers and mismash of other cultures, which stubbornly refused any integration.
    Hey all you Afrikaaners trying to equate the ‘English Speaking’ white South Africans to the actions of your exclusive little club (and in doing so, proving your own self imposed segragation) – Why did the Anglo Boer war kick off?
    Why did all the afrikaaners decide to get the fuck out of cape town and kick off that little ‘trek’?

    Something to do with being told you cant have slaves anymore, wasn’t it?
    oh, they didn’t like that at all, did they?

    I consider myself African. I am white. I speak English. My mother is Afrikaans. I speak zulu and some xhosa too.
    I’m African. Thats my culture. Being told I dont have one offends me. I’m so rich in culture I’m wealthy.

    Anyway, there is room for creative art, even from the afrikaans culture. Herman Charles Bosman is one of my favourite authors.
    Using that medium, from that position, can instantly bring about question and challenge to the status quo (imposed more by afrikaans culture itself more than anything else).

    However, movies like the one reviewed in this article are inbreeding that mentality and making it even worse.
    It does no one any favours. The only people it’ll move are the ones being targetted by these anti afrikaans statements.
    Those who are aware, educated and willing enough, will have no problem distancing themselves from that traditional, typical and narrow minded mind set that movies like this, and a big chunk of the empty plastic afrikaans media, seem to cement.

    Afrikaans ‘culture’ is one which alternates between feeling guilty and feeling entitled. But it has always, from the very beggining, been a selfish and self segragated entity, which CHOOSES to be seperate from the rest of the country while demanding the best of it.

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  48. blondie says:

    ha ha ha ha this review is excellent and had me laughing all the way. definitely need more like it so bring it on… one of the support actors couldn’t stop talking about this fantastic movie – and of course how wonderful he is in it – but now i know to wait for the dvd when i’m in the mood for a comedy… seems to me that this sector of the ‘Afrikaner identity’ needs no help running itself down all on its own. surely it’s time to break away from the brainless poppie, braaivleis and rugby ‘manne’ image? it’s embarassing and oh so flaky. this type of stereotyping fails the entire Afrikaner people as it creates perceptions overseas that all Afrikaners are like this and believe me it doesn’t go down well in more enlightened circles. it just reinforces all the wrong (sad) stereotypes that see Afrikaners living in a Hollywood soapie gone wrong whilst sporting (flaunting?) a serious superiority complex under the guise of ‘culture’. i am 50% so-called Afrikaner by the way and when asked i skip that generation – it’s so embarassing. i don’t / can’t / won’t ever identify with dowwe dolla et al and believe that terms like ‘Afrikaner’ and ‘Coloured’ have become redundant. We are all of mixed heritage French, Dutch, Malay etc and should embrace those cultures from which we are descended. Movies like Getroud Met Rugby belong in small art house cinemas as they only appeal to very small sectors of society with (dare i say it?) narrow interests…

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  49. hannlie-marie says:

    ek is mal oor die movie ek wens my man kon in die movie gespeel het hy is baie lief vir rugby en so graag in n movie speel

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