Fiche Film
LONG Métrage | 2010
Bang Bang Club (The)
Steven Silver
Pays concerné : Afrique du Sud
Réalisateur(s) : Steven Silver
Durée : 106
Genre : portrait
Type : fiction


La destinée de quatre photographes de guerre pendant les derniers jours de l’apartheid en Afrique du Sud.

De 1990 à 1994, quatre photographes vont couvrir les dernières années de l’Apartheid en Afrique du Sud. Greg Marinovich, Kevin Carter, Ken Oosterbroek et João Silva vont former un quatuor de choc qui va outrepasser les dangers et photographier les conflits dans des zones « interdites aux Blancs ». Leurs prises de risques vont leur valoir le surnom de Bang Bang Club.

Ryan PHILLIPPE (Greg Marinovich)
Malin AKERMAN (Robin Comley)
Taylor KITSCH (Kevin Carter)
Frank RAUTENBACH (Ken Oosterbroek)
Neels VAN JAARSVELD (Joao Silva)

Réalisateur : Steven Silver

2010, Afrique du Sud, 1h46

Genres : Thriller, historique, biopic


The Bang Bang Club was a name primarily associated with four photographers active within the townships of South Africa during the Apartheid period, particularly between 1990 and 1994, from when Nelson Mandela was released from jail to the 1994 elections. Kevin Carter, Greg Marinovich, Ken Oosterbroek, and João Silva were the four associated with the name, although a number of photographers and photojournalists worked alongside them (such as James Nachtwey and Gary Bernard). A movie about the group, directed by Steven Silver and starring Taylor Kitsch, Ryan Phillippe and Malin Åkerman, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010.

The Bang Bang Club is the real life story of a group of four young combat photographers – Greg Marinovich, Joao Silva, Kevin Carter and Ken Oosterbroek – bonded by friendship and their sense of purpose to tell the truth.
They risked their lives to tell the world of the brutality and violence associated with the first free elections in post Apartheid South Africa in the early 90s. This intense political period brought out their best work (two won Pulitzers) but cost them a heavy price.
Based on the book of the same name by Marinovich and Silva, the film stars Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman and Taylor Kitsch and explores the thrill, danger and moral questions associated with exposing the truth.

A South African drama about photographers portraying the intense last days of the apartheid regime. Every year several reporters lose their lives while they are on a mission. The Bang Bang Club shows us the story behind the dramatic pictures. The film is based on the autobiography of Greg Marinovich and João Silva, two of the photographers in the so-called Bang Bang Club. They were four fearless photographers who documented the bloody battle for power in South Africa before ANC and Nelson Mandela won the election in 1994. Their pictures showed the world the horrible events that took place. But life in the trenches has its costs, and the film raises important questions of the photographer’s roles and responsibilities in conflict zones. akek – Films From the South (Film fra Sør) FilmFest 2011, Oslo, Norway

Country: South Africa, USA
Year: 2010
Runtime: 1h46 min

Director: Steven SILVER
Writer: Steven SILVER
Cinematographer: Miroslaw BASZAK


Language: English
Subtitles: Norwegian
Producer: Adam FRIEDLANDER, Daniel IRON, Lance SAMUELS
Production company: Foundry Films

Genre: Thriller, Historical

Ryan PHILLIPPE (Greg Marinovich)
Malin AKERMAN (Robin Comley)
Taylor KITSCH (Kevin Carter)
Frank RAUTENBACH (Ken Oosterbroek)
Neels VAN JAARSVELD (Joao Silva)