The Bang-Bang Club

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The Bang-Bang Club is a 2010 Canadian-South African film written and directed by Steven Silver and stars Taylor Kitsch as Kevin Carter, Ryan Phillippe as Greg Marinovich, Frank Rautenbach as Ken Oosterbroek and Neels Van Jaarsveld as João Silva.

The film tells the remarkable and sometimes harrowing story of four young men and the extremes they went to in order to capture their pictures in the crucial days prior to the downfall of Apartheid in South Africa

The film tells the remarkable and sometimes harrowing story of four young men and the extremes they went to in order to capture their pictures in the crucial days prior to the downfall of Apartheid in South Africa

They portray the lives of four photojornalists active within the townships of South Africa during the Apartheid period, particularly between 1990 and 1994, from when Nelson Mandela was released from jail to the 1994 elections. Malin Åkerman plays the role Robin Comley who does everything she can to publish the horrific pictures as portrayed by them.

The Bang-Bang Club is a film adaptation of the auto-biographical book The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War co-written by Greg Marinovich and João Silva who were part of the group of four photographers known as Bang-Bang Club, the other two members being Kevin Carter and Ken Oosterbroek.

The Bang-Bang Club was a name primarily associated with four photographers active within the townships of South Africa during the Apartheid period, particularly between 1990 and 1994, from when Nelson Mandela was released from jail to the 1994 elections. Kevin Carter, Greg Marinovich, Ken Oosterbroek, and Joao Silva were the four associated with the name, although a number of photographers and photojournalists worked alongside them (such as James Nachtwey and Gary Bernard). A movie about the group, directed by Steven Silver and starring Taylor Kitsch, Ryan Phillippe and Malin Åkerman, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010.

The film that had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Entertainment One has distribution rights for Canada. Tribeca Film acquired American distribution rights.

Review Summary

3.4 out of 5
Actors
4.7 out of 5
Story
4.8 out of 5
Timeless value
4.3 Good 4.3 out of 5