, this film makes me feel very old indeed: it was made the year I was born! SPOILER ALERTWILD SEASON
(1967) EMIL NOFAL
A beautifully filmed melodrama concerning the generation gap clash at its’ worst as a stern, forbidding, grieving fisherman father and his bookish son clash and collide time and again. The son eventually proves his worth to his father only to have his worst fears realized when his terminally ill girlfriend succumbs to leukaemia, but this tragedy forces him finally into manhood. Beautiful cinematography by Vincent G. Cox, A.S.C, haunting music by Roy Martin and acting from the cream of South African entertainment all add up to a very memorable viewing experience. This is also known to be the film which gave Emil Nofal’s partner Jans Rautenbach his first chance at directing a film, due to Nofal’s terrible sea-sickness.
It is however, a pity that Antony Thomas chose to blast this film in an interview done in a documentary on post democracy anti-apartheid cinema. In the interview, Antony Thomas states that this film opened his eyes to the horrors of apartheid and that it let him see the light. Strange really, as this film has nothing whatever to do with apartheid at all. It would have been far better for Mr Thomas to admit that he had made pro-apartheid documentaries for the then State Information Department (including the now notorious Anatomy of Apartheid
) and that those and not Wild Season
contributed to his leaving South Africa and becoming a prohibited immigrant.
With Gert van den Bergh, Marie du Toit, Antony Thomas, Ian Yule, Joe Stewardson, Johan Du Plooy and Janis Reinhardt.