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Vuil Wasgoed review by Peter Feldman

Cast: Bennie Fourie, Bouwer Bosch, Nico Panagio, Stiaan Smith, Tim Theron

Director: Morné du Toit

Classification: 16LV

Director Morné du Toit’s Afrikaans production is aimed at a market that appears to appreciate coarse, slapstick humour, hammy acting and violence.

Wim (Bouwer Bosch) and Kevin (Bennie Fourie)

With English sub-titles, “Vuil Wasgoed”(dirty washing) follows the fortunes of two characters, Wim (Bouwer Bosch) and Kevin (Bennie Fourie), who are working in a Laundromat – with high hopes of one day owning their own coffee shop.

However, they have been stuck in this business for seven years and see no way out. A highlight of their existence is to “borrow” their clients clothing, which has been sent in for cleaning, and wearing them when they gate crash parties. Their clients are none the wiser.

Kevin is close to kissing the love of his life – until the story takes a nose dive and enters unchartered waters. Dirty elements are introduced. These include a group of seedy jewel merchants who have been betrayed, a villain who is not afraid to murder those who get in his way, a missing finger and a treasure trove of jewellery in a shipping container.

Somehow the two innocents, Wim and Kevin, get dragged into this misshapen adventure and find themselves on the run from the criminal world.

Two brothers with a rash, a blind henchman and a couple of detectives are looking for the shipping container and the vital missing finger which will open the safe to millions.

With dark comedic undertones, “Veil Wasgoed” limps from one set piece to another with the insipid antics of these silly characters hardly managing to raise a giggle.

Vuil Wasgoed



About the author

Peter Feldman

Peter has been a journalist and arts critic for almost 50 years and served on The Star in various capacities for 35 years, ending up as a specialist writer on films, music and theatre. During that time he travelled extensively on assignments and interviewed many international film and pop stars, both in South Africa and overseas. He also covered some of South Africa's biggest film and musical events. He was one of only two South African journalists to be invited by Steven Spielberg to the Hook film junket in LA in 1991 where he interviewed the famous director as well as Dustin Hoffman and the late Robin Williams. He attended the gala James Bond premiere in London in 1981 and did an iconic interview in a Rolls Royce with Roger Moore who played Bond. He spent a week touring England with Queen prior to their Sun City visit in 1983, interviewed a host of international stars on films sets in Hollywood and London and was the first local journalist to nail an interview with The Rolling Stones prior to their SA visit in 1995.
He is active in the freelance field and his work has appeared in a variety of South African newspapers and magazines. He has also worked on TV and radio (ChaiFM 101.9) in his specialist capacity. Over the years Feldman has been the recipient of several awards for his contribution to music journalism and the SA record industry. He is a recent recipient of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz award in recognition for his long standing journalistic support for the arts. He wrote lyrics for some top artists, including Sipho Mabuse, and had a hit disco single, "Video Games," which was released in 1988. He coined the phrase "Local is Lekker" which he used in his columns in The Star Tonight and broadcast in the 70s on David Gresham's popular afternoon show on Springbok Radio.

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