An Act of Defiance

An Act of Defiance
This film takes a look at the famous Rivonia Treason Trial, through the eyes of lawyer Bram Fischer. Set in 1963, the renowned lawyer struggles to hide his secret affiliation to the ANC, as he takes on defending a group of its arrested members, including its leader, Nelson Mandela. In English, Afrikaans and Zulu, with English subtitles where needed.

122 minutes.
Parental Guidance 10-12 (Violence, Prejudice, Drug abuse).
Biographical, South African, On the art circuit
No man is properly dressed without a hat.
No man is properly dressed without a hat.


Peter Paul Muller (voiced by Andre Odendaal), Antoinette Louw, José Domingos, Conrad Kemp, Sello Motloung, Daniel Janks, Morné Visser, Fezile Mpela, Willie Esterhuizen, Izel Bezuidenhout
Jean van de Velde
ScreenplayDominic Morgan, Matt Harvey, Jean van de Velde, from the book by Joel Joffe
MusicFloris Verbeij
CinematographyMiles Goodall
EditingSander Vos
Made in2017
Produced bySpier Films, Cool Beans, Richard Claus & Co., Wild at Art

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

ViolenceThe material contains fairly frequent, mild to moderate impact violence, justified by the context of the storyline. The violence has a psychological impact.
PrejudiceThe material contains frequent scenes or language of racial prejudice of a low impact that is necessary to tell the story of the history of the South African apartheid government.
Drug abuseNone (sic)
These details are supplied by the FPB. If you have a problem with any of the above, please take it up directly with the FPB. Read the Classification Guidelines.


Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say
Gabi Zietsman quote iconAn Act of Defiance is an essential film for South Africans to watch, even if it is to learn more about our history, and the predominantly local cast might help you forget that it’s a foreign production. Perhaps it may even spur more local filmmakers on to start moulding our country’s history for the big screen themselves.

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