The Bang Bang Club is the true story of four young combat photographers—Greg Marinovich, Joao Silva, Kevin Carter, and Ken Oosterbroek—bonded by friendship and their sense of purpose to tell the truth. In 1994, they risked their lives to tell the world of the brutality and violence associated with the first free elections in post-Apartheid South Africa, and exposed the plight of a nation to the international community through their courage under fire and Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalism. This intense period of civil war produced their best work but cost a heavy price, as the group's fearless dedication and willingness to push the limits of journalistic ethics brought about both their greatest professional achievements and also their most profound personal tragedies.
Based on the book The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War by Marinovich and Silva, this gripping film explores the thrills, danger, and moral ambiguity associated with representing war, and features stellar performances from Ryan Phillippe, Neels Van Jaarsveld, Frank Rautenbach, and Taylor Kitsch as the heroic young journalists who risk their lives for their cause and their craft.
Film InformationYear: 2010
Length: 106 minutes
Country: Canada South Africa
Cast & CreditsDirector: Steven Silver
Production Designer: Emelia Weavind
Screenwriter: Steven Silver
Primary Cast: Ryan Phillippe, Taylor Kitsch, Malin Akerman, Neels Van Jaarsveld, Frank Rautenbach
Executive Producer: Kweku Mandela Amuah, Laslo Barna, Neil Tabatznik, Patrice Theroux, Chris Ouwinga, Shabir Carrim, Ahmed Omar Carrim, Lal Bahrwaney, Dr. Kwame Amuah, Jannie Van Wyk, Darryn Welch
Director of Photography: Miroslaw Baszak
Producer: Lance Samuels, Daniel Iron, Adam Friedlander
Editor: Ron Sanders
About the Director(s)
STEVEN SILVER began his career in the South African film industry before writing and co-producing Emmy award-winning documentary Gerrie & Louise. He went on to direct numerous documentaries, including The Last Just Man, which won more than 18 international awards. He also directed the Emmy-nominated The Diameter of a Bomb.