The Hole In The Wall (Gat In Die Muur)

The Hole In The Wall
(Gat In Die Muur)

“When you were a young boy, you walked fearlessly between the bees to get honey, and they never ever stung you.” When does fear take over and when do we stop living?

The Hole in the Wall is everyone’s story. We all die, that’s the easy part. Living is the challenge.

Life as unpredictable as the ocean.

The moment is all that matters.

  • André Odendaal
    Lien se lankstaan skoene, Platteland & As jy sing
  • Johan Vorster
    Platteland, As Jy Sing
  • Susan Coetzer
    Kin, Daisy de melker & City of blood
  • Johan Vorster
    Platteland, As jy sing
  • André Odendaal
    Key Cast
    Lien se lankstaan skoene, Platteland As jy sing
  • Tinarie van Wyk - Loots
    Key Cast
    Zulu, Hasie' a True story, Mojave, The Rainbow warrior, The company you keep, The poseidon adventure
  • Nicholas Campbell
    Key Cast
  • Bheki Mkwane
    Key Cast
    Uzalo, Isibaya & Belly of the beast
  • Anna Davel
    Key Cast
    Suurlemoen, Liefling die movie, Susanna van Biljon
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 44 minutes 1 second
  • Completion Date:
    June 24, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    428,438 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    South Africa
  • Country of Filming:
    South Africa
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Arri, 4K, HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Distribution Information
  • Indigenous film distribution (PTY) LTD
    Country: South Africa
    Rights: Airline, Theatrical, Free TV
Director Biography - André Odendaal, Johan Vorster

Biography – Johan Vorster (Director & Producer)

Johan started his career in the music industry as part of the band Eden, the most successful group in Afrikaans music history. Johan wrote most of the band’s super hits. His songs ‘Is jy bang’, ’54 5de straat’ and ‘Lyf teen lyf’ helped propel the band to all 3 of its Platinum albums and 2 SAMA (South African Music Awards) awards for best Afrikaans pop albums.

In 2005 Johan and Sean Else, fellow band member of Eden, started Mozi Records. Bok van Blerk was the first artist to be signed to the record label. Johan wrote and produced most of the album ‘De la Rey’ which became the biggest selling original Afrikaans record of all time, topping sales of over 200 000 units. Johan was the lead writer of the song ‘De la Rey’, and at this point it became apparent that Johan would excel tremendously in the art of songwriting. In that same year, the song ‘De la Rey’ also reached the front page of the New York Times.

In the following year Mozi Records signed their first female artist, Lianie May. Johan wrote and produced her album, also writing the song ‘Jy soen my nie meer nie’, which put Lianie May on the map in the local music scene. The album became the biggest selling Afrikaans female debut album topping sales of over 120 000 units. A year after its release the album won the SAMA (South African Music Award) for the top selling album in the country, Steve Hofmeyr being the only other Afrikaans artist who had achieved this before. In 2008 Johan went on to win the Huisgenoot Tempo award for songwriter of the year for the song ‘Jy soen my nie meer nie’.

Johan teamed up with Coleske Artists and together they started a joint venture that would prove to have no equal in the Afrikaans music industry. Johan was the lead writer of the song ‘Ons vir Jou Suid-Afrika’ for the 2007 Rugby World Cup. This exact song coach Jake White indicated in his book was played to the player’s in the bus before the big games. That year the Springbok’s brought the Web Ellis trophy to South Africa after their victory over England. The album won the Huisgenoot Tempo award for best Afrikaans Compilation album and also became the best selling compilation album of the year.

Johan has written over 45 number one singles, and his songs and album sales surpassed the 1 million mark in 2009. This is unheard of for one writer to achieve this in such a short amount of time. Johan wrote and co-produced the highly acclaimed ‘Afrikaans is Groot’ compilation albums, that soon became the biggest selling albums of its kind every year in the Afrikaans music industry, topping sales of over 300 000 albums.

Johan wrote the score for the locally produced musicals, ‘Ons vir Jou’, ‘Jock of the bushveld’ and ‘Shaka’, that got staged in the Nelson Mandela Theatre and the State Theatre in Pretoria in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

As a director of Mozi Records Johan established Johan Vorster Songs in 2009, a publishing company holding all the rights to his songs. But it was only in the second half of 2010 that Johan resigned from Mozi Records, continuing on his own with his record company and publishing house, Johan Vorster Songs. In 2010 he signed his first artist, Karlien van Jaarsveld. Karlien became the first artist to sell gold status in the Afrikaans music industry in 2011 with her album ‘Jakkals trou met wolf se vrou’. She also won the Huisgenoot Tempo award for best newcomer in 2011. He followed this trend with the singer Dewald Wasserfall in 2014, and with Leah in 2016, all rising stars he developed that shot to fame in South Africa.

Johan wrote most of the songs for the Afrikaans film ‘Platteland’ that released in December 2011, featuring, Lianie May, Bok Van Blerk and Karlien Van Jaarsveld. He also wrote the title track and original music for the soundtrack for the feature film “Modder en Bloed."

Johan produced the Afrikaans blockbuster musical film “As Jy Sing” and the drama, “Gat in Die Muur” which he also co-wrote and co-directed.

In 2016, Johan restructured his company, to form Inhoud Huis, (meaning House of Content) with a music division, and a media division to specialise in the creation of intellectual property for multiple platforms. He is already working on his next feature film, and a big scale television series.

Johan is married to Rencha Vorster, co-writer and member of Johan Vorster Songs. They live in Pretoria and have 2 boys, Joshua and Raphael.

Biography – André Odendaal (Director)

André Odendaal is a seasoned actor and director, and is involved in developing and directing film and theatre projects in South Africa.

André started his career at the PACT Drama Company in 1986 where he worked until 1990 as a permanent actor in the company, acting in everything from Sheakespeare plays to Pantomimes. During this time, he performed in over 45 stage productions, and continued to perform on stage for many years after that. To date, he has acted in over 70 theatre products.

André has appeared in various television productions over the last 20 years, the most prominent being “Going Up”, “Human Cargo” for CBC, and “Rhodes” which screened on BBC, and “Hartland” and “Getroud met Rugby” which screened on KykNet.

Since 1999, André has focused on directing. His directing career started with the youth sitcom “SOS” for ETV, which won 8 Avanti Awards, and continued with other television productions such as “Madame and Eve”, “Mazinyo Dot Q”, “Fishy Fashans”, and more recently ”Backstage”, “Rhythm City” and “Binnelanders”. He directed the plays “Vergenoeg” based on the Marita Van Der Vyfer Bestseller with Sandra Prinsloo in the lead, in 2010 and “Somewhere on the Border” in 2011, which showed both in Johannesburg and Cape Town. This led to him being invited to various festivals around the world such as “Isra Drama” in Israel, and the “Mladinsko Festival” in Slovenia. In 2013, André took part in a global theatre workshop at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, USA, as part of a global team, developing a world theatre project.

André has directed several feature films, including “Hey Boy” in 2002, “Skilpoppe” in 2004, “Lien se Lankstaan Skoene” in 2013 and “As Jy Sing”, the film Afrikaans musical blockbuster produced by legendary songwriter Johan Vorster.

He has won several awards including Two Vita Awards: “Most Promising Actor” in 1988 and “Best Supporting Actor” in 1989. He won the “Best TV Director” Avanti Award in 2003 for his work on “Comedy SOS” that screened on ETV. In 2004, he won the “Top Director’s Choice” at the Hollywood Digital Film Festival. In 2011, he won the Fiesta “Best Actor” Award for his role in “Magspel”.

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Director Statement


(The Hole in the Wall)

DIRECTOR’S Statement

Although this film deals with a man in his mid 50’s, dying of colon cancer, which may at first glance look like it could be a morose and depressing subject, the idea is to make a film and treat that specific and extremely relevant subject matter with delicacy, humor, poetry and above all a sense and dynamic representing life, rather than just making a film about dying.

The film is a road movie, resembling a journey, discovering life and the coming of age. The father takes his young son on this trip, his journey to his final destination, a coffee farm run by his best friend, where he chooses to spend his last days. My aim is to create, on a visual level, a film that I personally think, has not been seen or experienced by local Afrikaans speaking people and at the same time, neither has it been seen internationally.

My intention is to use the beautiful landscapes of the Kwa-Zulu Natal and Eastern Cape (Transkei) in South Africa and its people, to underscore the intense, yet delicate transformation which the characters undergo on their journey. The landscape must contribute to the poetic element, which is carried through strongly in this film. Extensive Recces on our locations have been done and in depth discussions, especially with the people in Transkei, has been had, in order to secure our shooting there. It is a part of our country we feel the world needs to see.

Our aim and decision is to shoot with available, natural light and only when necessary apply practical light using artificial light as little as possible, applied during the night scenes. We are shooting on the Alexa, because of its dynamic range. We also know that we will shoot at 120fps, so we could use speed ramps, which is such a great editorial tool for speeding up, or slowing down moments, which all contribute to the overall rhythm of this film.

I herewith include a visual treatment, which will give you a better idea of what we have in mind for the look of the film.

Let me move on and speak about the emotional content regarding my vision for this film. As a director, I come from an acting background as per my biography, and therefore once the technical and visual elements are in place, they serve only to underscore what I think is the most important aspect of film and story telling: Performance. I regard this as a predominantly performance driven film and a lot of time will be spent on crafting and shaping every acting and emotional moment in order to achieve delicate, nuanced, realistic and truthful performances. The performances must be done on a level where the audience must completely believe every second of every character’s being, in that specific moment. Therefore I have decided and my Producer, Johan Vorster is allowing me, to shoot a maximum of four minutes per day, making sure that enough time is given to the importance of nuance and dimension.

I have spent over 33 years perfecting, or trying, to perfect and understand the craft of acting and I have spent the last 12 years specifically focusing on the medium of film. My preproduction work includes rehearsal and intensive workshop with the actors in order to get to a relaxed environment, from where these actors can tell this beautiful and moving story.

An important element which we are working with in this film and which we feel is an important global discussion at the moment, is the relevance of cannabis oil and marijuana in the treatment of the symptoms of cancer. Our research, as far as this matter is concerned, has been done thoroughly.

Last, but not least, let’s briefly speak about the music. The music will be understated to the point where it will barely be noticed. The score will be composed bearing in mind that most of the instruments will be custom build african instruments from Grahamstown. The music must reflect the bare emotion of the story. The Kalimba is the main instrument in the score and this in itself should be an indication of how intimate the music will be treated, to only support the very delicate emotions happening on screen. Musicians such as Pops Muhamed and Black Sunshine will be consulted and will be contracted in the creation of the score.

This is a film that ultimately exceeds racial, religious and sexual orientation as it deals with elements of life that we all understand and experience every day.

Andre Odendaal & Johan Vorster