The Bang Bang Club (film)
|The Bang-Bang Club|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Steven Silver|
|Produced by||Adam Friedlander
|Screenplay by||Steven Silver|
|Story by||Greg Marinovich
Neels Van Jaarsveld
|Music by||Philip Miller|
|Editing by||Ronald Sanders
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
The Bang-Bang Club is a 2010 Canadian-South African film written and directed by Steven Silver and stars Ryan Phillippe as Greg Marinovich, Malin Åkerman as Robin Comley (who does everything she can to publish the horrific pictures as portrayed by them), Taylor Kitsch as Kevin Carter, Frank Rautenbach as Ken Oosterbroek and Neels Van Jaarsveld as João Silva. They portray the lives of four photojournalists active within the townships of South Africa during the Apartheid period, particularly between 1990 and 1994, from when Nelson Mandela was released from prison to the 1994 elections.
It is a film adaptation of the autobiographical book The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War co-written by Greg Marinovich and João Silva who were part of the group of four photographers known as Bang-Bang Club, the other two members being Kevin Carter and Ken Oosterbroek.
The film tells the remarkable and sometimes harrowing story of four young men and the extremes they went to in order to capture their pictures in the crucial days prior to the downfall of Apartheid in South Africa.
- The Bang-Bang Club members
- Ryan Phillippe as Greg Marinovich
- Malin Åkerman as Robin Comley
- Taylor Kitsch as Kevin Carter
- Frank Rautenbach as Ken Oosterbroek
- Neels Van Jaarsveld as João Silva
- Other roles
- Patrick Lyster as James Nachtwey
- Russel Savadier as Ronald Graham
The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Entertainment One has distribution rights for Canada. Tribeca Film acquired American distribution rights. It was released theatrically in the States on April 22, 2011. According to The Numbers, the film was only shown in nine theatres in the US and earned just $124,791 domestically.
The Bang Bang Club suffered from poor advance reviews. It holds a 47% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 45 reviews, while the audience rating is 61% (as of Feb 2013).
- Tribute.ca: Steven Silver & Frank Rautenbach The Bang Bang Club Interview
- TIFF: The Bang-Bang Club
- Evans, Ian (2010), "The Bang Bang Club premiere - 35th Toronto International Film Festival", DigitalHit.com, retrieved 2012-04-07
- Tribeca Fest Makes 'The Bang Bang Club' and 'Last Night' Available on VOD
- "The Bang Bang Club", The Numbers.
- "The Bang Bang Club", Rotten Tomatoes
- Official website
- The Bang Bang Club at allmovie
- The Bang Bang Club at the Internet Movie Database
- The Bang Bang Club at Rotten Tomatoes