Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODMOVIES -

JOHN van de Ruit and I share a 10-year friend­ship, which be­gan when I in­ter­viewed him for his first play, War Cry, which se­cured him a place among peo­ple to watch in Dur­ban the­atre cir­cles.

Since then I’ve watched John carve out a very suc­cess­ful ca­reer as an ac­tor and play­wright. Now he also ranks among South African lit­er­ary roy­alty af­ter Spud blew ev­ery South African record, out­selling the likes of Harry Pot­ter in the coun­try. He’s writ­ten two more books in the Spud se­ries and the film based on his novel has just been re­leased. You made writ­ing his­tory when be­came a best­seller five years ago. Now

is here. What does that feel like? As you can imag­ine, my life has shifted rad­i­cally in a rel­a­tively short pe­riod, and I’m not sure I will have clar­ity on how this all feels un­til the ma­nia that is Spud re­cedes into his­tory. Dono­van Marsh wrote the screen­play – was it easy to re­lin­quish con­trol of some­thing you had lived and breathed for so long?

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