Conflict | reportage / UK premiere

The Bang Bang Club

  • Steven Silver /
  • Canada, South Africa /
  • 2010 /
  • 113 mins

Ryan Phillippe, Taylor Kitsch, Malin Akerman, Francois Rautenbac, Neels Van Jaarsveld / Fiction / English

A thrilling film that explores the motivations of war correspondents and when the camera should stop rolling

Based on the memoir of two members of the eponymous club of photojournalists Joao Silva and Greg Marinovich ‘The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War’, and starring Ryan Phillippe, the exhilarating story explores the motivations of war correspondents and questions when the camera should stop rolling. 

The Bang Bang Club was the nickname given to four young thrill-seeking combat photographers – Greg Marinovich, Joao Silva, Kevin Carter and Ken Oosterbroek – bonded by their friendship and their sense of purpose to expose the truth. In the final bloody years of apartheid in South Africa, this group of dare-devil photographers were bullet chasers, capturing the realities of chaos and bloodshed in the townships. The Bang Bang Club was most prolific from the period of Nelson Mandela’s release in 1990 to the first non-racial Democratic elections in South Africa in 1994. They had to fight hard to get their images out of the country, spreading the truth and finally shaking the rest of the world from ignorance into action.

After the screening on the 25th June there will be a live Skype Q&A with João and Greg, the two surviving members of the group.

An exhibition of the vintage photographs taken by João Silva and Greg Marinovich during this period is on display at the Filmhouse from 13th June to 26th June. These highly collectible, signed photographs capture the rising tensions that resulted in many violent clashes between Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC) and Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s Zulu-dominated Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) - in a hidden war secretly choreographed by the apartheid government in which thousands of people were killed in the build-up towards the 1994 elections.

Featured also is a series of posthumous prints of some of Ken Oosterbroek’s work.

Greg and Kevin are the only South Africans to have been awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize.

All of the work is for sale.

For sales enquiries in the UK contact:

Walter Jones

+44(0)788 545 2529

To view more of the work visit:

2011 Archive

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  • #1 Kevin Matthews / Saturday 25 June, 2011 / 02:14 GMT

    A decent film - - 7/10.

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