Goodbye Bafana


Stay in line, bastards.

Keep in line, man. Keep in line.

What are you looking at me like that for,

you f*ck?

What are you looking at?

I'll f*ck you up!


You men make sure that's tied

down properly, you hear me?

Careful, man!

-Pa, why is it taking so long?

-Go back to your mother!

Move your feet, move your feet,

come on!

I said, go back!

Sergeant Gregory, Dannie Bosman,

your skipper for the crossing.

-Your first time to Robben lsland?

-I hear the fishing is excellent.

You'll get bored with that soon enough.

-What prison are you from?

-Kroonstad Maximum Security.

Well, Robben lsland

is a totally different ball game.

All prisoners below deck

and secured, Captain!

Ladies and children, all aboard please!

-Where's your mom?

-Busy putting on her lipstick.

We can board now, sweetie.

-How do I look?

-You look great.

-As long as I don't get seasick.

-It's only an hour.

Will I be able

to get my own bedroom, Pa?

Of course, you will.

'Cause I don't want to share

with Natasha again.

Who said I want to share with you?

You two stop fighting

and behave yourselves.

Remember, first impressions

are everything.

Are all the prisoners

on the island Black, Pa?

All of them.

But at Kroonstad, they were White.

We don't mix Whites and Blacks,

not even in the prisons.

These are not just criminals, Brent,

these are terrorists.

But what's the difference?

Terrorists are terrible people.

They want to kill all the Whites

and take our land away from us.

Which is why we lock them up

on the island.

Sergeant Gregory?

Captain Devett.

I'm the personnel officer on the island.

How do you do, Captain?

I'm Gloria and these are...

I have a jeep standing by. This way.

Your furniture will follow.

One, two.

All aboard, Captain.

This is it.

You can stand down for today,


This evening you're expected

to attend an officers' braai

at the OC's residence,

missus included. Full dress uniform.

Gloria, I can't find my step-outs!

Ma is visiting next door, Pa.

Why is the toilet outside, Pa?

These houses are old, boet.

They were built during the war.

-What war?

-Second World War.

-What happens if I need to go at night?

-Then you'll go.

But there are bad people out there.

Boy, the only bad people on this island

are locked up in jail. Okay?

Okay, Pa.

-James, are you decent?

-Ya. Why?

Excuse all the boxes,

but you know how it is.

This is my husband, James.

-How do you do?

-How do you do?

Sannie's kindly offered

to baby-sit for us.

Oh, that's very nice.

Oh, Sannie's husband

is head chef here.

So if you ever need anything,

eggs, flour, sugar, you know who to ask.

Just don't say where it came from.

-I can't find my step-outs.

-Under the bed. I polished them.

-And you, James? What's your posting?

-Oh, he doesn't know yet.

We'll probably find out this evening.

You must be something special

'cause the NCOs are never invited

to the Colonel's house,

not unless they're in deep trouble.


-We don't mix.

The officers here are all bloody snobs.

I've got dinner on the stove.

Give me a shout

when you're ready to go, Gloria.

Right. Thanks, Sannie.

Hell, I'm starting

to get a bit nervous now.

You get in with the officers and

they'll nominate you for a commission.

You have to be

a warrant officer first, Gloria.

This is not Worcester, James.

This is not Kroonstad.

This is Robben lsland,

the number-one prison in the country.

You play your cards right

and, who knows, in five years,

you could be at head office in Pretoria.

Dream on.

I think I'm going to give you

a quick little haircut before we go.

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Bille August

Bille August (born 9 November 1948) is a Danish Academy Award-winning film and television director. His 1987 film Pelle the Conqueror won the Palme d'Or, Academy Award and Golden Globe. He is one of only eight directors to win the Palme d'Or twice, winning the prestigious award again in 1992 for The Best Intentions, based on the autobiographical script by Ingmar Bergman. He was married to Swedish actress Pernilla August from 1991 to 1997. more…

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