October 29, 1989
Benson implies that most black South Africans would condemn the final scene in "A Dry White Season." That argument ignores both the mass support that black South Africans give the African National Congress, which pursues an armed struggle, and the tenets of liberation theology as developed in South Africa. Indeed, Lindiwe Mabuza, the representative of the African National Congress to the United States, attended the Los Angeles premiere of "A Dry White Season" and said the film was authentic, moving and important.
May 7, 1989
. . . Batman is not the only masked man headed our way. New World TV plans to shoot a pilot for . . . "Zorro." . . . It's a long way from "The Last Picture Show": Timothy Bottoms has been cast in an episode of the syndicated "Freddy's Nightmares." . . . We're told that Marlon Brando--in the tradition of rotund Sidney Greenstreet and Orson Welles--truly fills the big screen in MGM/UA's upcoming "A Dry White Season."
March 24, 1991
Judging from the transcripts of the computer messages released by the Police Department, including police officers referring to African-Americans as being right out of "Gorillas in the Mist," I'd say that there are officers in the LAPD who are right out of "A Dry White Season" or "Cry Freedom" (March 19). If Field Marshal Daryl Gates doesn't see fit to resign after this latest development, he is only showing his solidarity with a troubled and racist system. SHAUN MASON Los Angeles
September 27, 1989 |
The anti-apartheid film, "A Dry White Season," was shown five times in South Africa on Monday despite an earlier ban by censors. The film, based on South African writer Andre Brink's novel, stars Donald Sutherland as a white liberal who tries to discover the truth about the deaths of his gardener and gardener's son in police custody. It contains scenes of police opening fire on schoolchildren in the black township of Soweto in 1976 and security police torturing black prisoners.
September 22, 1989 |
"A Dry White Season" (at the AMC Century 14) moves so swiftly, catching you up into its hellish chain of events, that you're left reeling. That's exactly the effect it should have, for no other contemporary mainstream film takes us so deeply, so unflinchingly, into the tragically divided heart of South Africa.
September 29, 1989 |
Euzhan Palcy may be a relative newcomer to Hollywood, a black woman in a clubby, white-controlled business, but already she knows how to get what she wants out of the studios--and when to make concessions to get it. The 32-year-old director originally hoped to make a film about South Africa from a black perspective, with victims of apartheid at the center of her story. "A Dry White Season," which opened here last week, is the compromise project she eventually settled on, without regret.