BLOEDBROERS is Jozua Malherbe’s latest epic drama and is set during a incredibly tumultuous period of the Afrikaner’s development between 1914 and 1948. The story follows the lives of four young men – Willem, P.G., Gerhard and Bennie – poor white miners who become involved in the 1914 Rebellion by chance. When the Rebellion is unsuccessful, the four young men find themselves at a crossroads – do they continue as before, or do they fight for freedom and a better future.
They make the choice to fight, but each in his own way – Bennie through the church and politics, Willem through radical resistance, P.G. by means of the written word, and Gerhard through the trade unions. There and then they decide to cut open their hands and swear a pact to be blood brothers until the end. We follow their lives and see how each one falls in love and starts their own family, survive through the chaos of the 1922 mine workers’ rebellion, the depression of the 1930s, the uncertain times during World War II and the build-up to the infamous 1948 election.
But to share blood and swear yourselves to be blood brothers is one thing. To honour that oath through all the twists and turns of life is something completely different especially when your life choices stand in stark contrast to the that of your blood brother.
Bloedbroers is a magnificent period drama that presents the dramatic events from an almost forgotten era in South African history as if it happened yesterday. There has not been an Afrikaans drama presented in recent years with such magnificent set and costume design, excellent direction, and performances of such high standard by our country’s best actors and actresses.
Writer: Deon Opperman
Producer: Deon Opperman, Sone Combrink, Zandre Coetzer, Scharl van der Merwe
DOP: Adam Bentel
Camera: Sony F3 with Pix 240 shooting 10bit 4:2:2 Lenses: Variable prime set
Running Time: 48min per episode. 13 Episodes Budget: $611 416,00
Directed all 13 Episodes
Preproduction: 12 weeks Shooting Period: 13 weeks Post Production: 20 weeks