On Thursday, I walked the red carpet at the My Father’s War premier where I played the character of Billy, friend to lead character Dap Smit (Edwin Van Der Walt), who is going through a tough time reconciling with his father. Set in 2003, 19-year-old Dap is constantly fighting with his father, Dawid (Stian Bam), a veteran of the Border War. The men don’t see eye to eye on anything, and there seems to be no hope for reconciliation between them. Dawid’s wife, Carina (Erica Wessels) is caught in the middle of their epic battle. Then Dap has a series of dreams, flashbacking 30 years back to the Border War, in which he is a combat soldier. There he meets his father at the same age, and those dreams turn young Dap’s perception – and life – completely upside down.
There’s no going back. But what is the way forward?
Directed and written by Craig Gardner, this unique new South African film focuses on the broken relationship between a father and his rebellious teenage son, reaching out to a broad audience and especially those touched by the war: soldiers, wives, husbands, children and parents. It will bring back memories, exorcise ghosts and help to bring more understanding and emotional healing to viewers – even those who had absolutely nothing to do with the war.
My Father’s War releases nationwide on 5 August 2016.