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A DRY WHITE SEASON

FEATURE FILM

1989

SYNOPSIS
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School teacher Ben du Toit (Donald Sutherland) has been insulated all his life from the horrors of apartheid in his native South Africa. That is until an incident hits close to home which soon exposes him to the truly arbitrary and violent nature of the system he has so long benefited from.

When the son of his black gardener is arrested and beaten as a result of a protest in Soweto, at first he imagines the police must have had their reasons. However, the boy is picked up again, and this time he doesn't come back. Ben promises his servant that he will look into the incident, and with the help of Ian Mackenzie (Marlon Brando), turns into a radical firebrand, alienating himself from his white friends and neighbors, as well as members of his family.

 

 

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CREDITS

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Directed by: Euzhan Palcy

Written by: Colin Welland & Euzhan Palcy

Based on: A Dry White Season by André Brink

Music by: Dave Grusin

Performers: Hugh Masekela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Sarafina Group

Cinematography by: Kelvin Pike

Edited by: Glenn Cunningham & Sam O'Steen

Art Direction by: Mike Phillips

Set Decoration by: Peter James

Executive Producer: Tim Hampton

Produced by: Paula Weinstein

Associate Producer: Mary Selway

Running time: 106 minutes

Country: Zimbabwe & London

Language: English

CAST

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Donald Sutherland  —  Ben Du Toit

Zakes Mokae  —  Stanley Makaya

Jürgen Prochnow  —  Captain Stolz

Susan Sarandon  —  Melanie Bruwer

 

With Marlon Brando  —  Attorney McKenzie

 

Bekhithemba Mpofu  —  Jonathan

Janet Suzman  —  Susan Du Toit

Winston Ntshona  —  Gordon Ngubene

John Kani  —  Julius

Thoko Ntshinga  —  Emily Ngubene

Susannah Harker  —  Suzette Du Toit

Rowen Elmes  —  Johan Du Toit

Sophie Mgcina  —  Margaret

Precious Phiri  —  Wellington

Michael Gambon  —  Magistrate

TRAILER

 

A DRY WHITE SEASON

 

AWARDS & HONORS

 

 

USA

 

1990  —  Academy Awards / Nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Marlon Brando

1990  —  Orson Welles Award Winner / Euzhan Palcy

1990  —  Golden Globes / Nominated Best Performance by an Actor

                 in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Marlon Brando

1990  —  Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

                                              / Nominated for Best Picture

                                              / Nominated for Best Supporting Actor Marlon Brando

1990  —  Political Film Society / Nominated PFS Award Human Rights

1989  —  New York Film Critics Circle Awards / 3rd place Best Supporting

                Actor Marlon Brando

 

 

SOUTH AFRICA

 

2015  —  Sabela International Recognition Award / Euzhan Palcy

 

 

UK

 

1990  —  BAFTA Awards / Nominated for Best Actor in a

                 Supporting Role Marlon Brando

 

 

JAPAN

 

1989  —  Tokyo International Film Festival
                / Nominated Tokyo Grand Prix: Euzhan Palcy

                / Winner Best Actor Award: Marlon Brando

 

 

 

OTHER HONOURS

 

1989  —  Glamour Magazine, 10 most inspiring women

1989  —  Candace Award Trailblazer / Euzhan Palcy

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