Written by Tomaselli, Keyan
| Author: Tomaselli, Keyan |
Directed by Euzahn Palcy. Produced by UIP/MGM/Star Partners II
A Dry White Season is based on the best selling book of dissident Afrikaner writer, Andre Brink. The film is made from the point of a view of a conservative white Afrikaans-speaking school teacher. He comes to consciousness about the brutalities visited by apartheid on black South Africans when he investigates the disappearance and death of his black gardener. In the process the schoolteacher makes contact with a black taxi driver who is linked to the underground resistance. In traversing the psychic wilderness between the cacooned racial isolation of the white Afrikaner volk and the brutal realities of black life, the schoolteacher finds himself excommunicated from his people, his friends and his family. His is a traitor to Afrikanerdom.
The film is an accurate rendition of Brink's book, except for the final scene where the black taxi driver shoots the white security policeman for killing the Afrikaner. It was very rare indeed that black dissidents assassinated white security agents. The film focuses on the deterioration of the white Afrikaner. It offers a wrehcning story on the traumas facing whites who chose to break with apartheid and the volk, and of the much more violent consequences for black dissidents.
Davis, P. (1996). In Darkest Hollywood. Athens: Ohio University Press, 109-112 (Written by Keyan G Tomaselli, 1998)