After a successful run overseas The Bang-Bang Clubthe story of four young combat photographers who documented the violent dying days of apartheid, releases in South Africa on 22 July. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film and the events that inspired it, from the director, the actors and bang photographers themselves.
Before the world truly understood the horror of apartheid, its violence had been exposed by the work of these extraordinary young men. On 15 SeptemberMarinovich took a series bang photographs for Associated Press which included the image of an ANC hardcore hacking at a burning man in Inhlazane, Soweto. The photograph won Marinovich a Pulitzer Prize.
Then in May Carter won the Pulitzer for a picture first published in The New York Times of a starving Sudanese girl who collapsed on her way to a feeding centre while a vulture stalked her nearby. Marinovich was wounded that same day. Two months later, in July, Carter took his own life.
I am haunted by the vivid memories of killings and hardcore and anger and pain I have gone to join Ken if I am that lucky. The film tells the remarkable and sometimes harrowing bang of these young men, and the extraordinary extremes they went to in order to capture their pictures.
Robin Malin Akerman is their photo-editor, who looked out for them, protected them and made sure their photographs were seen across the world. Based on the book by Marinovich and Silva, The Bang-Bang Club tells the true story of these four young men, recounting their relationships with each other and the stresses, tensions and moral dilemmas of working in situations of extreme violence, pain and suffering. It is also the story of the final demise of apartheid and the birth of a new South Africa.
It was shot in and around Johannesburg, South Africa.
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He executive produced the dramatic feature Shake Hands with the Devil and has won over 30 international awards including an Emmy, a Writers Guild Award and multiple Gemini and Audience Awards at film and TV festivals around the world.
Almost a decade ago, Silver was approached bang the idea of making a film based on The Life and Bang of Kevin Cartera Time magazine article about the year-old South African photojournalist who became internationally known for his Pulitzer-prize winning photo of a vulture coolly eyeing an emaciated Sudanese child and then, a year later, killed himself. It sounded like a great film and that it was true was an added bonus. Snapshots from a Hidden Warwritten by Marinovich and Silva. As a student in Johannesburg, Silver had been caught up in the liberation movement in South Africa, working first for the student movement and then for the United Democratic Front UDFthe internal movement in the struggle against apartheid aligned to the external African National Congress ANC.
I could identify with their rite of passage and many of the issues they were struggling with: At first, no one quite knew where it was coming from bang no one quite knew who was behind the violence.
A car would spray machine-gun fire at a line of people standing at hardcore taxi hardcore or there would be midnight massacres. Then there was this strange war between people living in the migrant worker hostels and the residents.
While there had been tension between those two communities in the past, no one knew why suddenly it had flared up. Silver sees The Bang-Bang Club as hardcore coming-of-age story for these four topless naked nude sex love men who were in the early stages of adulthood, navigating that rite of passage through perilous waters. Someone mapped the spikes in the violence to significant breakthroughs in the negotiation process. It was only two or three years in that people started talking about a third force, a group of people hardcore were actually orchestrating this violence.
They could have hardcore boxing matches and beauty pageants. They were brave and courageous. But also, I think, for them, it was fun. It was an adrenalin-filled roller-coaster ride and they loved it. While in the end, what they did was important and brave, I think for them most of the time, it was a rush.
Executive producer hardcore long-time champion of the project Neil Tabatznik has an extended history with Silver and recalls the evolution of the film. The script has evolved since that point and Greg Marinovich is hardcore the central character.
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And with Steven being a documentary director who has won every award under the sun, I put up the seed money. Working from the source materials of the Time magazine article on Carter, and the book, which had more to do with Marinovich and Silva, Tabatznik decided that Silver was the best person to write this script. It was a long road from inception to principal photography, full of stops and starts, but underlying every set back was a monumental reward.
Tabatznik, who is originally from South Africa but emigrated in the s, long before the events which take place in the film, is completely satisfied with the result of this journey. With an early script south africans teens and adults sex pics and vids hand, Tabatznik and Silver took the project to Laszlo Barna, then president of Barna-Alper Productions, who came on as an executive producer.
At the time, Daniel Iron of Canada-based Foundry Films was consulting for the film, but ultimately joined the team as a full producer. In addition to the fact that Iron was interested in working with Silver as a director, he saw that there was something inherently cinematic about the material. At the bang time, it tells a story through these photographs that is really important.
I was horrified and shocked. It was these photos that brought bang story to me thousands of miles away. But they did embrace our presence there, which was quite heartening. To shoot this movie callously and not understand that you are dealing with some of the bang who lived through those situations, that you are dredging up horrific memories for them, is really upsetting, especially in service of our film.
It helps the film, for all of us, to be in those situations and understand the ethics of what we are doing as a way to get into the actual movie itself. The story was well hidden even within Africa. What these photographers showed the world was incredible. During filming, Samuels was grateful to have both Marinovich and Silva on set. This was bang to adding authenticity to the film and allowed us to accurately portray the events that took place.
It was also amazing to have the people who lived through these events as our background extras as they were not simply acting; they were reliving these dramatic events, which can be seen in the major crowd scenes that take place in the film. It was a humbling experience watching the extras recreate events they had lived through and shooting in the exact locations where the events took place added further authenticity to the film.
Snapshots from a Hidden War, spent a great deal of time on set during principal photography. They both spoke at length about their experiences in the early s. We wanted to see how it affected people on the ground.
I think two or three weeks past, if not longer, and I was trying to ignore it. I was working for Reuters as a freelancer sending them pictures as I found them. I got introduced to Greg and from then on we pretty much struck up a friendship.
Greg was so approachable, and instantly friendly and helpful. Ken I met out in the field and he barely took notice of me the first time we met because Ken was the big star, but we also struck up a friendship. With Ken it was his persona. He embodied the image of the photojournalist. I knew of the man and all hardcore accomplishments. And I met Kevin through Ken. With Kevin, it was his spirit. You know, Kevin was amazing — manic in many ways and very engaging.
He was either very high or very low, but when he was high it was amazing. He had energy for everything. It was just cruising out there; it was also a social life outside of the work environment.
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I got into the car and I hardcore to Nancefield hardcore in Soweto]. I stopped on the top mature porn actresses and could see, on the ANC-supporting side, several journalists with the comrades, and then right down below the bridge alongside the railway line, there were Inkatha with red headbands and the spears and all the equipment.
I said no, I want to be here. I followed them back to the hostel, shooting a couple of pictures and just talking about the situation and getting bang familiar with me. Suddenly whistling started from higher up in the hostel and everyone got up and ran. Suddenly the doors flung open and this guy just ran out and they were after him with me after him as well. This group of more than a dozen men were just stabbing and hitting and I was there with them, within touching distance, photographing the whole thing.
It was quite an introduction to news photography. You have to be professional and you have to be human at the same time, you know? And sometimes it gets a little murky. I was a bit too fucking sons friend porn on the 50 and the really strong stuff was on the 20, and it suited that scene. I mean, the hardcore is an ugly lens, truthfully speaking, but it has that feeling of being right in it because you were.
Later I learned that of course the spatial organisation of a wide bang lens makes things appear more real visually because you are closer. You just have to live with it.
Be it shame. Be it pain. Be it whatever. Coming from a distinctly documentary background, Silver had to reconcile the journalist instinct and the filmmaker instinct. And at the same time, one must make a film that people are going to watch which means it needs to honour free naked asian girl age-old rules of storytelling.
One of the keys in this process is finding the right actors to convey both the story and the truth of the story. When first considering this project, Phillippe confessed to having a strained relationship with the camera — particularly the still camera. I wrestled with whether I wanted to make a film about that.