An African Dream (South Africa: 1988)


John Smallcombe

Cast list

Kitty Aldridge
John Kani
Dominic Jephcott
John Carson
Richard Haines
Joy Stewart Spence
Lyn Hooker
Hugh Rouse
Kenneth Hendel
Dennis Folbigge
Claire Berlein
Terence Reis
Graham Weir
Lionel Newton
Fred Monareng
Vanessa Cooke
Anne Curteis
Tembsie Times
Liz Staughton
Val Donald-Bell
Graham Clarke
Charlotte Butler
Larry Taylor
Sue Simpson
Sybrand Van de Merwe
Liam Cundill
Graeme Williams


Nodi Murphy ... producer
Stanley Roup ... line producer
John Smallcombe ... producer
Music by Adriaan Strijdom
Cinematography by Paul Beeson
Film Editing by Nodi Murphy
Casting By Marilyn Johnson and Moonyeenn Lee
Production Design by Johan Engels
Set Decoration by Sharon Lomofsky
Costume Design by Birrie Le Roux
Lloyd Power Hicks ... hair stylist
Annie Taylor ... makeup artist
Alan Goldberg ... unit manager
Stanley Roup ... production manager Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Neal Sundstrom ... first assistant director Art Department
Cas Rasch ... property master
Lindy Steinman ... set dresser Sound Department
Robin Harris ... sound mixer
Allan Morrison ... sound editor Camera and Electrical Department
Derek V. Browne ... camera operator (as Derek Browne)
Sean Ryan ... gaffer
Anthony Smythe ... second assistant camera
Hubert Strang ... key grip
Christopher Davies ... location manager
Juli Lotter... continuity
Gary McIntyre ... assistant to production designer
Charmaine Wolhuter ... production coordinator


Filmed on location, An African Dream stars John Kani as a black African resident of the early 20th century who spends several years in England. Having received a "proper" white man's education, he returns to his homeland as a teacher. While his illusions about bridging the gap between the white and black populations in Africa are doomed to failure, he finds a unexpected kindred spirit in the form of Kitty Aldridge. A white resident of a recently established British colony, Kitty is attracted to the idealistic Kani, and he to her. That their relationship fosters resentment from others is indicated by the "PG for violence" rating bestowed upon An African Dream. -- Hal Erickson