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Trevor
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« on: October 12, 2007, 08:51:32 AM »

www.imdb.com/title/tt0151392

SPOILER ALERT

CHILDHOOD FEAR ALERT: This film scared me plenty as a kid. It still does.  Buggedout

DIRKIE (1969)         JAMIE UYS

Jamie Uys joined forces with Mimosa Pictures in 1965 after a power struggle in Jamie Uys Film Productions (his own company) saw him ejected in absentia by his erstwhile friend and partner Tommie Meyer and he found a home there, turning out successful films such as
Die Professor & Die Prikkelpop, Beautiful People, Funny People 1 & 2 and The Gods Must Be Crazy 1 & 2.

Dirkie (also known as Lost In The Desert and Adventures In The Red Desert ) was a major international hit for Uys, Mimosa Films and the South African film industry at large ~ the only hiccup in this otherwise successful story was that Jamie Uys altered his and his son Wynand’s surnames from Uys to Hayes, causing a storm in a teacup locally. Even to this day, the Internet Movie Database lists Wynand Uys as Dirkie Uys, until I changed it last month, anyway.  Wink

The basic premise of the movie was this: Uys wanted to make a film that would entertain his younger fans, but for many who saw this film when they were little, it had the unfortunate reverse effect of scaring them, ensuring that they remember it to this day. The plot line is similar to Robert Aldrich’s The Flight Of The Phoenix, David Millin’s eerie Ride The High Wind   and the supernatural thriller Sole Survivor, directed by Paul Stanley. A young boy is travelling with his grandfather in a light aircraft, the grandfather suffers a coronary and dies, the plane crashes, leaving the boy and his dog to fend for themselves.

The boy’s father mounts a search for his son, little knowing that his son has been found by a group of Bushmen who take care of him after many threatening adventures in which the boy faces spitting cobras and hungry hyenas, all the while keeping his dog Lollie safe and praying for his father to come and rescue him. The scene among many in this film which remains seared in the minds of all who saw it when it was first released is the sight of the Bushmen offering the child some meat ~ he freaks, thinking mistakenly that they have killed his dog.


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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2007, 07:18:15 PM »

This one interests me, but it does not appear to be very available in the US.  Sounds like an interesting film, with some of that dark imagery that always sticks in the minds of children. 
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2007, 01:17:52 AM »

 Smile Thanks, Andrew: it is indeed a very interesting film. Jamie Uys spent nearly a year in the desert making this and it is memorable in many ways, not only because his son and wife played major roles in the film.

As to availability, the R2 DVD can be bought online at www.kalahari.net at a cost of R96.96 (South African rand) ~ if you convert that, it will probably be approximately $13.00.

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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2007, 05:31:20 PM »

Darn! I wish I knew about this film before this. I swear, on another board, though I don't remember which one, there was a description of this film, and the poster was asking what was the title of the film. And no one knew. Now, I know the title of film, if the same desciption ever comes up again. Thanks, Trevor.
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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2007, 09:13:45 AM »

 Smile

No problem, Kevin.

The film is still damn creepy after all these years and I have to screen it next year in Bloemfontein. I will buy a blindfold for when I have to screen the print and when I have to thread the projector.  Buggedout

A blindfolded Trevor threading a 35mm print through a projector should make for some interesting viewing.  TeddyR
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