Jobman (1989) VERY rare early film by Darrell Roodt.


Smith, the deaf and dumb son of a rural black preacher, refuses to accept the menial labour on offer in the small farming community where he’s grown up. He tries to earn a living in the city, but this ends in assault, and his return home sparks off a cycle of vengeful violence. What Roodt’s film lacks in subtlety, it makes up for in dirty authenticity. A hard-hitting independent venture (the director went on to make Sarafina!), completed and released against the odds in apartheid South Africa.

Director: Darrell Roodt.
Writers: Darrell Roodt, Greg Latter, Achmat Dangor.
Stars: Kevin Smith, Tertius Meintjes, Lynn Gaines, Marcel van Heerden, Goliath Davids, Josephine Liedeman, Bill Curry, Danny Keogh, Charles Comyn, Greg Latter, Robin Smith, Louis van Niekerk, Gys de Villiers, Sann de Lange, Val Donald-Bell, Norman Coombes, Dot Feldman, Marie Human, Dick Reineke, Dawie Maritz, Ivan Sylvester.


Note: Many thanks to Thomas for sending me a copy of this very rare South African film. The source of this copy is a Danish VHS so it comes with Danish subs hardcoded. Looking on IMDb it seems this was also released on VHS in the U.S., Australia and Canada but I’m guessing they were all low print runs as I haven’t been able to find any of these editions for sale anywhere (not even a cover picture!).

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