A Dry White Season

Synopsis: Ben du Toit is a schoolteacher who always has considered himself a man of caring and justice, at least on the individual level. When his gardener's son is brutally beaten up by the police at a demonstration by black school children, he gradually begins to realize his own society is built on a pillar of injustice and exploitation.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Euzhan Palcy
Production: MGM
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min

The man and several others advance on the boys. The boys

run into the serving area, close the doors and start

breaking up the place. Two police Land Rovers SCREECH to

a halt outside. The boys run out through a side entrance.

They are chased by the police who are black.

Jonathan and his best friend Wellington, also 15 years,

are walking towards the beer hall when the boys come

running out chased by the police. It is prudent for

them to run down the street. The boys and police are

bearing down on them. Their escape is cut off by the

apperance of another police Land Rover. Two policemen,

two blacks and two whites join in the capture. Jonathan,

Wellington and about ten of the boys are arrested.

As they are hundled into the vehicle, they protest their

innocence without success and are driven away.


The charge office is sparcely furnished with a long bench

along a wall. There is a reception counter with Sgt:

Van Zyl in charge. The boys are lined up against a wall.

The sergeant stands with a tall blond man with a scar on

his chin, CAPTAIN STOLZ.




The sergeant reads out a name and looks at Stolz; if he

nods the boy stands aside. After this ritual, the ones

that Stolz has chosen are marched to a waiting police van

and driven away. The others are taken to the cells at

the police station, these include Jonathan and



The MUSIC STOPS. The doors open. The 40 years-oldminister

Bester comes to the door, then stands and greets

his parishioners as they file out of the church.

Amongst them, Ben Du Toit --his wife, SUSAN, a clean-

cut, immaculate, "toe-the-line" beauty and his son, Johan

--the blond, blue-eyed, tanned and torsoed fourteenyear-

old every father dreams of. Susan greets friends

and acquaintances, pausing to chat... mostly formalities.

Johan, his eyes on a girl his age. She is with her

father, Mr. Cloete, the headmaster --she smiles at Johan

from a distance; he waves awkwardly as she drives off

with her parents.

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Colin Welland

Colin Welland, born Colin Edward Williams, was a British actor and screenwriter. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his script for Chariots of Fire. more…

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