Afrikaans movie star visits Hoërskool Kempton Park

The girls of Hoerskool Kempton Park proud to have finally met Arno Greeff.

HUGELY anticipated Afrikaans movie Vaselinetjie’s actor visited Hoërskool Kempton Park before it premiers in theatres all over the country.

Arno Greeff stars in the film. The film is based on a novel of the same name by Anoeschka von Meck.

The film is making waves in the industry for its recent win of the best movie of the year at the kyanite Silwerskermfees Awards. The lead actress, Marguerite van Eeden, was given a special award for most promising actress.

Learners had the chance to watch the trailer and meet and take photos with Greeff.

The screams and excitement from the learners were a demonstration why Ster Kinekor projected the movie to gross a figure between R2-million and R-4m when it hits all theatres in South Africa on September 22.

The film is expected to contribute further growth to Afrikaans movies’ viewership and Box Office sales which have grown significantly over the past couple of years and have impressed movie fanatics by competing with Hollywood movies.

ARNO Greeff at the assembly of learners at Hoërskool Kempton Park.

KykNET’s Getroud met Rugby soapie star, Greeff, took time off from the soapie to play the lead male role which he describes as a bad guy. “It’s always fun to play the bad guy in a film because you get an opportunity to let go of some anger.”

Speaking to EXPRESS Greef added: “This movie is something new and fresh and I encourage people to go out in numbers and watch it. The quality is just out of this world and the acting is amazing. Prior to shooting the movie we had months of preparations and rehearsals. We did more than what is normally done during the shooting of movies in South Africa. We want to give people something to talk about.”

The marketing manager from the production company, The Film Factory’s Mary-Anne Brink said this movie is a must-watch because it definitely captures the journey of a young girl trying to find her identity in a more detailed way than is usually done. “People will definitely be invested in the characters and enjoy this drama. I have watched it twice already and cried all the time. That explains why it has already won an award.”

Without giving too much detail, producers explain: It is the year 1994 and South Africa is on the verge of irrevocable changes. An 11-year-old girl is bullied because she is white. She is raised by her brown grandparents. When she questions her grandmother, she simply answers: “We are what the dear Lord made us. We have to accept that. God doesn’t make mistakes.” However, when the welfare discovers that Vaselinetjie isn’t the couple’s biological child, they decide to send Vaselinetjie to a state orphanage in Johannesburg. There she is confronted with the cruel and rude orphanage world where she has to become just like the other orphanage children to ensure her own survival. She makes friends, runs away from the orphanage, starts swearing and meets Texan Kirby, a rebellious boy who offers her her first cigarette. At the age of 16, she has adapted well to life at the orphanage. She walks, talks and looks just like the “Peppies”.

Vaselinetjie can be followed on social media. Visit Facebook:, Twitter: @vaselintjiefilm and Instagram: @vaselinetjiefilm

James Mahlokwane
Senior Journalist

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