ANDER MENS tells the suspenseful tale of Daniël Niemand (Bennie Fourie), one of life’s punching bags, whose life is changed irrevocably when his wife (Roeline Daneel) leaves him for their marriage counsellor (Tim Theron) and his criminal employer completely disrupts his mediocre existence. Before long, not only is he used as bait by the policeman, Johannes Ackermann (James Borthwick), to capture this crime kingpin, but he also becomes the victim of a series of very unfortunate misunderstandings. Although this chaos leads to great tragedy, it also helps him to achieve an important personal victory.

The film is presented from the perspective of Lieutenant Erica Kruger (Marlee van der Merwe), from the police witness protection programme, and is based on the bestselling novel by popular New Zealand author, Zirk van den Berg, Nobody Dies (later translated to Afrikaans as Ander Mens), which received the kykNET-Rapport Award in the film category in 2014.

“While the basic storyline is the same, the film differs drastically from the book,” reveals Krog about the screenplay adaptation, which he undertook with the help of Sean Robert Daniels, Herman Binge and Frannie van der Walt. “The events and background stories of the characters have been adapted to better suit the format and duration of the film.”

Most of the action-packed events take place in the picturesque, mountainous Du Toitskloof area in the Cape. The film shifts local boundaries in terms of style and genre, and the same type of camera lens used for the 1970s hit The Godfather was used to great effect in this modern action-thriller.

Bennie plays the role of the nerd, Daniël, who spends his entire life being bullied by the people around him. This respected actor and comedian, who is known for his roles in Vir die Voëls, Vuil Wasgoed, Mooirivier and Hotel, gained sixteen kilogram for his first lead and reckons that it helped a lot to place him in the shoes of his character.

Although Frank Opperman (Orkney Snork Nie, Gautêng-alêng-alêng, Dis Koue Kos, Skat, Ouboet & Wors and Dominee Tienie) usually plays the role of the innocent joker, he is this time round the gang-leader, Frank.

Mixed in with the blood and consternation, the viewer will definitely be confronted with many stereotypes, but will quickly realise that ANDER MENS, uncovers deeper themes such as bullying, self-image, respect, relationships, family ties, violence and crime. It shows that even the most hardened personality can also sometimes become vulnerable and that, in the end, a Nobody can develop into a Somebody who can stand up for himself. This film promises to occasionally have audiences in stitches, due to the witty dialogue and dark humour, as well as delivering nail-biting suspense as the events unfold and they realise that it is every person’s responsibility to determine his own identity in life.

Marche Media, an experienced Cape Town-based film and television production company, is the proud producer of this film.

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