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Durban Poison

Death on the road marks director Andrew Worsdale’s return with his thriller based on a South African couple’s notorious 1980s killing spree.

Durban Poison

  • Director-Screenwriter Andrew Worsdale
  • Producers Diony Kempen, Deon Meyer, Carmel Nayanah
  • With Brandon Auret, Cara Roberts, Gys De Villiers, Marcel Van Heerden
  • South Africa 2013
  • in English and some Afrikaans with English subtitles
  • 94 mins
  • Production company Karoo Film Company

After an absence of almost three decades the maverick South African writer director Andrew Worsdale is back with a film that offers a unique approach to a familiar Bonnie and Clyde genre reworking. Following a police investigation into four murders, this road movie charts the doomed romance of its two protagonists and is inspired by the story of Charmaine Phillips and Pieter Grundlingh, a South African couple that went on an alcohol and drug-driven killing orgy in the 1980s for more than a fortnight, leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. Durban Poison offers a profound insight into the outlaw lovers and the marginalised white South African working class, with a stand out performance by Brandon Auret as the brutal Pieter Grundlingh. A deserving Best South African Film award winner at the 2013 Durban International Film Festival, this is an emotionally affecting and handsomely paced thriller from a filmmaker who has been away for too long.

Keith Shiri

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