DURBAN POISON : REVIEW
By Raymond Padya
Tittle: DURBAN POISON
Director: Andrew Worsdale
Language: Afrikaans and English with English subtitles
Run Time: 93min
South Africa, 2013
In the mid eighties, the notorious Charmaine Phillips and Pieter Grundlingh went on a drug-driven killing orgy, which lasted for 17 days living a trail of bodies.
Twenty-nine years later, writer-director Andrew Worsdale has returned with his own version of Bonnie and Clyde, a remarkable film titled Durban Poison, which is an expose of the couple’s carnage.
Cara Roberts, who once played a small role in a local film, Malunde (2001) performs the character of Charmaine and performing as Pieter is Brandon Auret, a South African actor best known for his starring role as Leon du Plessis in the SABC3 soap Isidingo.
In the film, young Charmaine wearing her school uniform comes back home from school only to see her mother murdered on their doorstep. Growing up with that anguish, she never trusted anyone until she met her partner in crime, Pieter.
The story trails a police investigation into four murders and it depicts the heated, vehement relationship between the two lovers, which debauched in violence.
Don’t be fooled by the tittle and think this movie is mainly about drugs, Durban Poison displays a poor white couple, drowned in the world of materialism, striving for a better life in this country’s harsh economy.
What makes Durban Poison stand out is its action stunts. You can barely distinguish the stunts in this film from any Hollywood movie and much credit should be given to the producer, Dion Kempen (Karoo Films). Even the choice of soundtracks is tasteful; Worsdale only used local songs that anyone can identify with.
This is a ‘must see movie’ for all Bonnie and Clyde fans.