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Title: RIP Ivan Hall
Post by: Trevor on October 15, 2008, 05:16:49 AM
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The South African filmmaker who achieved international success with Kill Or Be Killed and Kill And Kill Again, two South African films that put that industry on the world's map.

Rest in peace, my friend.  :bluesad:

Title: Re: RIP Ivan Hall
Post by: Psycho Circus on October 15, 2008, 01:28:32 PM
R.I.P.  :bluesad:

Title: Re: RIP Ivan Hall
Post by: akiratubo on October 15, 2008, 02:05:51 PM
Aw, man.  I love Kill and Kill Again.  RIP, Mr. Hall.

Title: Re: RIP Ivan Hall
Post by: Trevor on October 17, 2008, 05:25:01 AM
Aw, man.  I love Kill and Kill Again.  RIP, Mr. Hall.

He'd been ill with leukemia for a few years: thankfully, my place of work was able to honour him in June 2007 for his efforts in the film industry.  :bluesad:

After the ceremony, he pulled me to the side to thank me and said "Trevor, you're in showbiz now, can I offer you some advice?" I said of course and then he said something that I'll never forget: "Remember, there's always something good and bad about showbiz, so you must always take the s--t with the good."  :teddyr:

This is the obit I wrote for him:

Ivan Hall commenced his film career with the newly renamed Kavalier Film Productions with the production of the Anglo Boer War drama / musical The Kruger Millions in 1967, which starred Leon Le Roux, Helga van Wyk, Carel Trichardt and Dirk de Villiers. Kruger Millions was a sequel to the earlier film Die Kavaliers which was directed by Elmo de Witt and released in 1966.

He then quickly attained the status of director in residence at the Kavaliers Studios situated on Aasvoëlkop, Randburg and thus went on to direct a string of successful films across all of the different genres for Kavaliers, including Dr Kalie (1968) with Siegfried Mynhardt and Brian O’Shaughnessy, Lied In My Hart (1970) with Gé Korsten and the former Miss South Africa, Mitsi Stander, Vicki, (1970),the police themed films Flying Squad, Gold Squad, (both released in 1971) Lokval in Venesië with Ge Korsten, Karate Olympia (the first African martial arts film, released in 1976) and the political thriller Funeral For An Assassin with Vic Morrow ~ which was banned in 1974 by the then all powerful South African censors for no apparent reason and then unbanned just as quickly, again for no apparent reason.

Aside from his work with Kavaliers, he also directed the film Aanslag Op Kariba in 1973 ~ the sequel to Brigadiers Films’ enormously successful film Kaptein Caprivi.

Ivan Hall’s greatest success as a filmmaker came in 1981 when his martial arts film Kill & Kill Again, (the sequel to his earlier film Karate Olympia) became a major international box-office success both in the USA and in the Far East. This film reached number one on the USA Variety box-office list and made an instant star out of its’ lead actor, James Ryan, who had also starred in Karate Olympia.

Ivan Hall went on to make the films The Riverman with Michael Parks, Skollie with George Ballot and Trackers with Craig Wasson and Henry Cele.

Ivan Hall was honoured by the National Film, Video and Sound Archives, the Volksbladfees Directorate and the Mimosa Film Productions Directorate in June 2007 for his invaluable contributions to the South African film industry.

Mr Hall will be greatly missed by all his colleagues and friends in the South African film industry

Title: Re: RIP Ivan Hall
Post by: Allhallowsday on October 19, 2008, 02:41:01 PM
Sad news.  At least, Trevor, you had the opportunity to meet IVAN HALL.  Goodnight, Ivan.