Video: ‘Pamina’ movie debuts at Silver Screen Festival


Annie Klopper’s popular novel The tragic case of Pamina Vermaak took shape on the silver screen and made its debut on Friday at the 11th kykNET Silver Screen Festival.

Kabous Meiring was in the director’s chair of this romantic comedy about a music journalist who picks up the pieces of her life again in her home town on the West Coast after her love life and career were ruined.

Carla Smith plays the role of Pamina Vermaak, an unemployed journalist after a spectacular outburst towards her editor. The rocker, Wolf de Jager, played by Christiaan Schoombie, is sent by his manager to a quiet town on the West Coast after he loses his temper badly at a show.

His ex-fiancée, Daniella (Ilse-Lee van Niekerk), cheated on him with a well-known American and his creativity dried up.

He flees to the same village where Pamina is. There she is forced to make peace with herself and the past, while Wolf realizes that his elusive muse may be this stubborn, aggressive brunette.

According to Carla, audiences will relate to Pamina because she is not afraid to speak her mind.

“Sometimes she says too much and that’s why she has to pick up the slack from her family. Through these conversations, she realizes who she really is.”

According to the author of the book, she wrote the novel with the intention that one day it will become a film. Elanie Rupping and Bibi Slippers developed and wrote the screenplay.

“When I got the idea for the story, I had no knowledge of screenwriting, but I had knowledge of books. I wrote it like a movie that takes place in my mind’s eye.”

She says it is an incredible privilege that actors such as Anna-Mart van der Merwe, Lee-Ann van Rooi, Duane Williams, Albert Pretorius, Armand Aucamp and Heléne Truter gave shape to the characters.

“Seeing how they bring my characters to life is very special. I feel honoured, grateful and humbled.”

The tragic case of Pamina Vermaak was nominated in several feature film categories for this year’s Silver Screen Festival awards, including for best director (Kabous Meiring), best supporting actor (Duane Williams), best supporting actress (Lee-Ann van Rooi) and best actress (Carla Smith).

The Silver Screen Awards will be presented tonight in the Cape Town International Convention Center (KICS) in Cape Town.

The event will be broadcast tomorrow (Sunday 27 August) at 20:00 on kykNET, DStv channel 144.