Vaselinetjie a box office hit
Vaselinetjie, the film based on former KnysnaPlett Herald reporter Anoeschka von Meck’s award-winning youth novel is already a boxoffice hit, earning more than R1-million.
The Afrikaans drama, released on 22 September in theatres countrywide, has been seen by over 23 000 people to date.
Besides winning the award for best film at the 2017 kykNET Silwerskerm Festival, this movie has been widely praised by critics.
The story of a girl who is removed from the loving home of her grandparents and placed in an orphanage, has captured the imagination of film critics.
The tough orphanage world and the way she falls in love with the fiery Texan Kirby is beautifully captured on film.
Director Corné van Rooyen said, “I am astounded by the impressive viewers’ figures. Places like Paarl and the Garden Route were sold out all weekend. I’m also grateful for the amazing rave reviews by critics.”
An elated Von Meck said, “What makes this exceptionally great news is that we are competing with the most successful Afrikaans films so far, but we have 15 fewer theatres! This is an incredible achievement and I feel super blessed.”
Several media outlets have praised Vaselinetjie since its release. It was hailed as “an excellent Afrikaans film” by renowned SA film critic Leon van Nierop in Afrikaans weekly paper Rapport.
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Knysna Herons guesthouse scooped the Lilizela award for the best three-star B&B in the Western Cape for the second consecutive year.
The ecstatic manager Robert Collins said, “We’re overjoyed. It’s been a very difficult couple of months for our beautiful town, so winning this award for Knysna is amazing and I do hope it will attract more people to visit.”
He said what sets them apart is creating an atmosphere that allows their guests to feel at home. “I hope the department of tourism will advertise and celebrate businesses who are winning these awards for our town,” he said. – Nwabisa Pondoyi.
Anoeschka von Meck who wrote the youth novel upon which the film is based, said she feels “super blessed” that the film is doing so well countrywide. The Afrikaans film Vaselinetjie was a hit at the Ster Kinekor Garden Route Mall. Photo supplied.