Alert! One of BOOK SA’s legion tipsters has sent us the news that Marita van der Vyver’s popular youth novel, Die ongelooflike avonture van Hanna Hoekom, is being turned into a film.
The production is part of a significant surge in Afrikaans filmmaking of late: witness Deon Meyer’s Jakhalsdans, among many others.
The book won the 2002 Sanlam Youth Prize. From the blurb:
Hanna Hoekom has earned herself the nickname â€śhoekomâ€ť because she is forever questioning life, the status quo and the universe. One of her great, all-time questions is: Why can I not have a normal life like other kids? Why did my mother have to go and marry an out-of-work actor with two sons? Why do I have to put up with a very good-looking but intolerably rude new step-brother? And why, of all things on earth, did my mother have to get the crazy idea that this entire extended happy family should go and spend a honeymoon of three weeks in a ramshackle old house on top of a deserted mountain – in order to get to know each other better?!
Here’s a preview of the film’s poster:
The film script was written by Gustav Kuhn, and the production is being directed by “acclaimed and celebrated Regardt van den Bergh” and stars “Marius Weyers, Gys de Villiers, Anna-Mart van der Merwe, Tertius Meintjies and Helen Lombard”, according to this source.
We’ll keep watch out for a trailer – anyone with further info or links, please add them in the comments section below!