In ‘Strikdas – ‘n Familie Gedoente’ a new comedy from Stefan Nieuwoudt, the director of ‘Superhelde’ and ‘Ek Joke Net’, Kaz McFadden plays Don ‘Vossie’ Vorster, a geeky bunny-hugger with a good heart who is about to set off for Stellenbosch University.
His proud father hands him a box inside which Vossie discovers a slightly tatty black bow tie. In a tradition passed down from generation to generation, the eldest son in the Vorster family is given the honour of wearing the bow tie when he finishes high school, a metaphor that gives all Vorster men the courage to live life to its full potential. Vossie is next in line for this great honour. He’s sure to need it as the transition from tranquil home life to the rigours of varsity is a big one.
Shot on location in Stellenbosch and produced by Faith in Motion Productions and Philo Films, the film also stars Leandie du Randt, Albert Maritz, Susanne Beyers, Gys de Villiers, Elsabe Daneel, Sandra Kotze and Sean-Marco Vorster.
“In the tradition of great romantic comedies like ‘Meet the Parents’ and ‘Meet the Fokkers’, the story brings together two people who live worlds apart – a pampered princess, and a sensitive dreamer,” says director Stefan Nieuwoudt. “Their worlds are turned upside down when they meet. ‘Strikdas – ‘n Familie Gedoente’ is a light-hearted romantic comedy that has at its heart the question of whether true love is able to surmount big obstacles.”
When Vossie and his new buddies in the Stellenbosch Liberation Front break into the university’s laboratory to free the rats kept for research, Vossie is almost caught by security, and he escapes clutching onto just one rat in a cage. While running for safety, he comes upon a sobbing, heartbroken Willemien de la Harpe (Leandie du Randt), the most beautiful girl he has ever set eyes on.
The spoilt and pampered daughter of a wealthy wine estate owner, Willemien was sent to varsity in the hope that she will make the right life choices. Vossie’s type is definitely not one of them. Willemien also wants a lot more from life than what Vossie could ever offer. It is at this crossroads that Vossie has to face his biggest challenge ever – convincing Willemien and the entire snobbish De la Harpe family – that he is worthy and the right man for her. No easy task, given that AJ, Willemien’s ex, is standing in his way and has no intention of letting her go without a fight.
Strikdas – ‘n Familie Gedoente is distributed by Indigenous Film Distribution and releases nationally on 3 April 2015