Local film, KROTOA, impresses at local box office over opening weekend

Local film, KROTOA, impresses at local box office over opening weekend

Roberta Durrant tells the story of KROTOA with impeccable direction and provides a fresh, new take on an untold story, now told for the first time. Definitely something that should not be missed!,” says SA film expert, Leon van Nierop, about this historical film, which performed very well during its opening weekend. The film opened on 4 August at twenty five cinemas across the country and has already been seen by over 7 500 viewers, earning nearly half a million at the box office. It has also made its debut onto the Top 10 of the national movie charts. This is an exceptional achievement for a South African drama.


This remarkable drama tells the story of a feisty, bright, young eleven-year old girl (Charis Williams), who is removed from her close-knit Khoi tribe to serve Jan van Riebeeck (Armand Aucamp), her uncle’s trading partner. She is brought into the first Fort, established by the Dutch East India Company in 1652. There she grows into a visionary young woman, who assimilates the Dutch language and culture so well that she rises to become an influential interpreter for van Riebeeck, who became the first Governor of the Cape Colony. KROTOA (Crystal-Donna Roberts) ends up being rejected by her own Khoi people and destroyed by the Dutch, when she tries to find the middle way between the two cultures. She loses everything to give birth to the great nation we all share today.


The film, written by Kaye Ann Williams and Margaret Goldsmid, was created by a dynamic team of women, with acclaimed filmmaker Roberta Durrant as director and producer. We are very encouraged by the opening weekend of KROTOA – we had wonderful reviews from Media24, Rapport, Daily Sun, The Star, Bioskoop and City Press. The film was given a four star rating, with all the media encouraging South Africans to step out and see the film. We are pleased about this because, as a period piece, it is advantageous to see the film on the big screen. It is clear to us from the feedback from the opening weekend that the film has a wide appeal to all South Africans,” says Durrant.


Scriptwriter, Kaye Ann Williams, who previously worked on a documentary about KROTOA’s life, is equally excited about how the film was received: “I am thrilled about the opening weekend, but especially thrilled about the discourse the film has opened up around the important subject of KROTOA and her contribution to our history.”


“Although I usually regard it as a cliché when someone says that a movie is ‘on international standard’ “or” that it ‘looks just like an international production’, I often caught myself thinking the very same thing while watching this film. There is something about the clarity of the images, the quality of the sound design and the way in which the shots were planned – that is on a completely different level,” says Bioskoop’s Anna-Marie Jansen van Vuuren.


KROTOA is a thought provoking film that will stay with you long after the credits roll. This film is a must-see for all South Africans and hopefully it will start a dialogue about the untold history of indigenous people,” Channel24’s, Leandra Engelbrecht, concludes.


Even before the film released on local shores, it managed to conquer the hearts of international film lovers and critics.  The film received several accolades including the Best Film Award at the Harlem International Film Festival earlier this year, as well several official selections at international film festivals around the globe.


KROTOA was produced by the SAFTA Award-winning film company, Penguin Films, in association with kykNET. It also features impressive performances by Jacques Bessenger, Deon Lotz, Marcel van Heerden, Roeline Daneel, Brendan Daniels en Ernest St Clair. The film can currently be seen at cinemas, nationwide, and is distributed by Ster-Kinekor Entertainment.



Watch the trailer herer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARuo-YsVFI4&feature=youtu.be


Watch The Story EPK here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knNpNAUIGpI


List of cinemas:


Ster Kinekor:


Bay West


Somerset Mall

V & A Waterfront Nouveau


Garden Route Mall (George)

The Grove – Windhoek

Gateway (Dbn)

Sterland (Pta)

Brooklyn (Pta)

Kolonnade (Pta)


Rosebank Nouveau (Jhb)

Cresta (Jhb)

Vaal Mall (Vereeniging)

Atlanta (Swakopmund)



Northmead (Benoni)

Maponya Mall


Nu Metro:


Grandwest Casino

Hyde Park (Jhb)

V&A Waterfront Commercial

Walmer Park (PE)






Epic Northridge (Bloemfontein)

Labia (Cpt)

Movies@Monte (Jhb)




Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Krotoafilm/

Twitter: @KrotoaMovie

Instagram: @krotoa_film

Hashtag: #Krotoa



Get It Magazine Durban March 2018

Alice Leah: Queen of Networking
View magazine

The world-class Beatles Tribute returns to rock Durban!

The Easter bunny won’t be the only one hopping into Durban this Easter as Beatlemania On Tour will be bouncing around stage when they kick off their week-long tour run in Sibaya Casino over the Easter break from 29 March to 8 April 2018.


Win tickets to Decorex Durban

Leaders in the décor, design and lifestyle trade, Decorex Durban, will inspire visitors to find their unique #rhythmoflife with a range of stylish services and products featuring at the Durban Exhibition Centre from 21 to 25 March.


Sweetie Pie Easter Egg

Sweetie Pie is a South African favourite, and with Easter around the corner this mouthful of goodness from Beyers is now available in a limited edition Sweetie Pie Easter Egg that will delight all loyal fans.


Carrol Boyes Wines Collection

Lovers of renowned gifting and homeware label Carrol Boyes will know that over the years the brand has come to encompass far more than the distinctive tableware for which it first became so highly revered.


March Spoil

Let’s get together!


Chocolate for everyone

Who doesn’t love Peter Rabbit? Who doesn’t love Cadbury Dairy Milk?


World class London Dry Gin

Stretton’s Gin has come to the rescue of all gin-lovers with a collaboration that’s bound to be the talk of the town.


Chocolate Mozart

Renowned for their mouth-watering, decadent and convenient desserts, Chateau Gateaux has become Durban’s most-loved Patisserie – an obsession to say the least.


Bespoke baby gear, designed with the supermom in mind!

When it comes to baby brands, there are so many great companies out there producing some incredible stuff. On an international level, we are of course envious of some of the adventurous, fun and fabulous products on the market (not all of which we can always get our hands on), so we simply cannot contain ourselves when every now and again we stumble across some equally great brands produced on our very own doorstep…


50 Shades of Pink

When it comes to wine, especially rosé, there are loads of guys who won’t touch it. Maybe it’s because they prefer a beer or a more refined spirit; maybe it’s because it comes in a stemmed glass, who knows?. What we can say though, based on the confessions of our local wine fundi, Jan-Nico Coetzee, is that even the tough guys have a palate for rose, and thanks to the bottled beauties listed below, we now know just why.

is a national brand of premium free magazines available in centres across the country.

Click here

to see other Get It magazines in the network.