Saturday, 7 December 2013

Repost of Bang Bang Club from August 2012

The Bang Bang Club was a 2010 joint Canadian South African production. If you never heard of it join the club, it was released in the US (2011) and made a staggering $124,000 before the plug was pulled.  Perhaps the key reason it was not a big success is that it was extremely politically incorrect. Is there a more saintly figure in the world than Nelson Mandela? Well Bang Bang pukes all over his carefully constructed story. It was an excellent movie more documentary than drama. Two of the real life photographers upon whom the movie is based won Pulitzer prizes, and two of them died. If you like political intrigue movies you will like this. It is far better than Welcome to Sarajevo or The hunting party.
According to this movie the apartheid regime in South Africa and the ANC were on pretty good terms near the end.


  1. Good catch!

    I'd thought about writing about the message(s) contained in this movie myself, but you have done the honors. (So to speak.)

    Life is complicated.

    It's just too bad that the American public has been so dumbed down that very few people can deal with the truth about history's events. And how good things can come from the seemingly bad.

    The acting in that movie was also noteworthy - too bad they got caught in a politically-incorrect reviewing world.

  2. Thanks Cirze, as you say what ever happened to critical thought? If the majority had it, people like Harper, Ford and a growing list of figureheads would never get past running for School Council President.