I have a great love for all children and this is a great film for them. E’LOLLIPOP
(1974) ASHLEY LAZARUS
Also released as Lollipop
and Forever Young, Forever Free
, this film (together with Gray Hofmeyr’s Jock of The Bushveld
and David Millin’s Shangani Patrol
) is one of the three most requested films in the holdings of the SANFVSA. Two orphans (one black, one white) grow up together in a Lesotho orphanage and become brothers, amidst all the pressures of life, not the least of which is the omnipresent spectre of apartheid.
Then, tragedy strikes, changing both their lives and that of those around them forever. Beautiful photography by Arthur Ornitz, A.S.C. and stirring music by Lee Holdridge together with masterful acting by all concerned, especially the two young leads, make this a milestone in South African cinema, although there were deep concerns expressed at the time of the film’s first release that a depiction of racial togetherness might destroy the foundations on which the policy of apartheid was built.
Released to VHS and DVD for the first time in 2004. With Jose Ferrer, Karen Valentine, Norman Knox, Muntu Ben Louis Ndebele, Ken Gampu and Bess Finney.