Movie Fact #790 – June 22nd, 2015:

The 1989 film “A Dry White Season”, based upon André Brink’s novel of the same name, deals with the subject of Apartheid. It saw director Euzhan Palcy become incredibly invested in the subject matter who was so passionate about creating an accurate portrayal on film that she traveled to Soweto undercover, posing as a recording artist, to research the riots.

Actor Marlon Brando was so moved by Palcy’s commitment to social change that he came out of a self-imposed retirement to play the role of the human rights lawyer Ian McKenzie and also agreed to work for union scale ($4,000), far below his usual fee.

For sometimes, fighting for something is the greatest reward, exceeding all materialistic needs. Perhaps if more people would be like that…maybe there would be no need to make these kind of films to prove a point.

Published in: on June 22, 2015 at 3:23 PM  Leave a Comment  

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