This tragic comedy is based on a 1971 drama – a combined effort written and adapted into a contemporary script by the late writer and his son, Simon Barnard.
It tells the story of Lafras Verwey, an outcast who could never accept the realities of life. Although he is a government official, he hears the sound of otherworldly music playing in his ears and dreams of a wonderful future. He considers himself a key player in the preparation of a significant rebellion that he believes would change the world.
When he takes Petra (Chantelle Phillipus) – a young, pregnant woman – in to live with him, the rebellion becomes even more important to him. Ironically enough, his dreamt-up revolution starts the very night that the baby is born.
Comedy, drama and elements of fantasy are all intertwined in this gripping tale of a man who is willing to risk everything in his pursuit to make the world a better place for all.
Die Rebellie Of Lafras Verwey is produced by acclaimed actress and director, Katinka Heyns and Genevieve Hofmeyr, under the direction of up-and-coming filmmaker, Simon Barnard. He also makes his debut as director of a full-length feature film with this compelling story.
Simon, son of Katinka Heyns and Chris Barnard, grew up in the entertainment industry. His first movie role was that of young Benjamin Komoetie in the blockbuster, Fiela se Kind. Apart from the production of a documentary about his father for kykNET and music videos for Die Heuwels Fantasties, he is also the creator of 60 programs, in conjunction with kykNET and Medihelp, on psychological health (ʼn Lewe met… / Living with…) with psychiatrist Doctor Franco Colin. His first professional encounter with an on-screen drama, was on the set of Die Wonderwerker, with his father as writer and mother as director. At the time, he got involved with behind-the-scenes photography, production and the editing of material for the film. Simon is currently co-owner of Sonneblom Ateljees, which was founded by Katinka in 1975.
Katinka Heyns is celebrated in radio, television, film and theatre circles, as actress and director and has already received numerous awards, including the international Crystal Award for Women in Films, ten Mnet Vita Awards, the Rapport City Press Woman of the Year Award, the Honorary Chancellor’s Medal from the Tshwane University of Technology, FAK-Medal of Honour and a SAFTA-prize for lifetime contribution to the industry. She was also the first woman to ever be incorporated into the National Film- and Television Foundation’s Hall of Fame and was appointed as councillor of the National Film and Video Foundation by the Department of Arts and Culture. As stage and film actress, she has worked with some of the country’s best actors and starred in various movies, including Pappalap, Jannie Totsiens, Eendag op ʼn Reëndag and Babbelkous en Bruidegom, alongside Tobie Cronjé. She made her debut as film director and producer in 1987, after which numerous successful films such as Fiela se Kind, Die Storie van Klara Viljee and Paljas followed. The latter being the first South African film to ever be accepted for an Oscar nomination. Her most recent film, Die Wonderwerker, was also very well received. A PhD in Philosophy (DPhil – Tuks) and recent medal of honour from the Academy of Science and Art, acknowledges her overall contribution to the industry.
Die Rebellie Van Lafras Verwey will premiere at the Woordfees-festival on 9 March 2017. Neels van Jaarsveld, Chantell Phillipus, Cobus Visser, Lionel Newton and Albert Pretorius also star in this drama, which will be released by Ster-Kinekor Entertainment on 7 April 2017.