Master Harold...and the Boys (2010 film)

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Master Harold... and the Boys
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Promotional poster
Directed by Lonny Price
Produced by Michael Auret
Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat
David Pupkewitz
Morris Ruskin
Screenplay by Nicky Rebello
Story by Athol Fugard (play)
Starring Freddie Highmore
Ving Rhames
Patrick Mofokeng
Music by Philip Miller
Cinematography Lance Gewer
Edited by Ronelle Loots
Distributed by Focus Films
Spier Films
Shoreline Entertainment
Release date
  • March 17, 2010 (2010-03-17) (Cape Winelands)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3 million

Master Harold...and the Boys is a 2010 film, which is based on the original theatre play of the same name by Athol Fugard, directed by director Lonny Price.[1] The cast includes Freddie Highmore[2] and Ving Rhames.[1][3][4][5][6]


Set in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, during the early apartheid days. The story deals with the coming of age of seventeen-year-old Hally (played by Freddie Highmore). Hally, a white South African, has a bad relationship with his biological father and is torn between his father’s expectations and opinions of him and those of his surrogate fathers, black waiters named Sam (played by Ving Rhames) and Willie (played by Patrick Mofokeng). Young Hally is obliged to laugh at his father’s racist jokes and perform humiliating tasks like empty chamber pots. By contrast, Sam exposes Hally to many positive experiences. After being humiliated by his father, Sam shows Hally how to be proud of something he’s achieved by helping him build and fly his own kite.[4]

One day, Hally receives news that his real father, a violent alcoholic, is coming back home from a long stint in a hospital. Hally, distraught with this news, unleashes years of anger and pain on his two black friends.


Master Harold and the Boys began filming in and around Cape Town, South Africa in mid-January, 2009 over a five-week period. It is one of the first feature films in South Africa to be shot with the red camera format. This film has a budget of just under $3m.[7] Apart from its two international actors (Freddie Highmore & Ving Rhames), Nugent and American director Lonny Price, this film is a fully South African film.[7] Waterfront Post will post-produce this film, with Spier Films owning copyright. All the HOD's (Head of Department) are South African, including Director of Photography Lance Gewer from the Oscar-winning Tsotsi, editor Ronelle Loots, production designer Tom Gubb and Pierre Viennings (wardrobe). Philip Miller is composing the music.

DVD / Blu-ray release[edit]

Master Harold and the Boys was released in the United States on July 5, 2011 to DVD and Blu-ray.


  1. ^ a b Stuart Kemp (January 23, 2009). "Ving Rhames joins "Master Harold"". Hollywood Reporter/Reuters. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  2. ^ "Master Harold…and the Boys starts shooting in Cape Town". Filmaker South Africa. 
  3. ^ "Master Harold...and the Boys". 
  4. ^ a b "Master Harold...and the Boys". Shoreline Entertainment. 
  5. ^ "Fugard film shoots in Cape". SCREEN AFRICA. 
  6. ^ "Ving Rhames joins 'Master Harold'". 
  7. ^ a b "Fugard film shoots in Cape". SCREEN AFRICA. 

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