Black Butterflies

Paula van der Oest Feature film - 2011 - 97 min.
Twelve plus
Drug and alcohol abuse
Foul language

Gouden Kalf-winnaar

Beste Actrice Carice van Houten

Beste Film Richard ClausFrans van GestelArnold HeslenfeldArry Voorsmit

Beste Montage Sander Vos

Gouden Kalf-nominatie

Beste Regie Paula van der Oest

Andere prijzen

Gouden Film (100.000 bezoekers speelfilm)

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In 2001, the equally turbulent and tragic life of the South-African poet Ingrid Jonker was the subject of the documentary Korreltjie niks is my dood. This time, it is the basis for a biopic with international ambitions. In the Netherlands, she is not widely known, but in her native country Nelson Mandela saw to it that the memory of Jonker’s modest oeuvre was kept alive. The focus of Black Butterflies does not lie so much on her literary qualities or poetic protest against the abuses of apartheid, but concentrates more on the woman behind the artist. Hers is a stratified role: liberated and zesty, but also destructive, given to drink and unmanageable. In the 1960s, Jonker is caught, as it were, between two men: the kindred spirit Jack Cope, a writer she has a passionate affair with, and her tyrannical, ultraconservative father who is deeply troubled by her looseness and political bias.


Director(s) Paula van der Oest
Script Greg Latter
Production Company
Executive Producer
Amanda Law
Director of Photography
Giulio Biccari
Production Design
Darry Hammer
Sound Design
Barry Donelly
Sound Editor
Mark Shehab
Sound on Set
Dieter Keck
Visual Effects
Jeremy Hattingh
TV Company
Production Country