The Sheltering Desert (South Africa: 1992)


Regardt van den Bergh

Cast list

Jason Connery ...
Henno Martin
Rupert Graves ...
Hermann Korn
Joss Ackland ...
Col. Johnston
Kate Normington ...
John Carson ...
Frantz Dobrowsky ...
De Kock (as Franz Dobrowsky)
Michael Brunner ...
Gavin Hood ...
Will Bernard ...
Glenn Swart ...


Produced by

Anna-Linda Du Toit ... producer
Cedric M. Kuhlenthal ... associate producer

Music by

Bruce Cassidy

Cinematography by

George Tirl ... (as George Jiri Tirl)

Film Editing by

Ronan O'Leary

Production Design by

Francis Darvall

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An adventure drama of 105 minutes, The Sheltering Desert follows two German geologists, Henno Martin and Hermann Korn, conducting field research in South-West Africa (Namibia) in 1935. Set around the Second World War, the two German scientists flee arrest for refusing to join the army out of pacifism by hiding out in the Namib Desert. The film follows their lives over two years in the vastness of the desert while they live in indescribable conditions, facing challenges to survive and the constant threat of detection.


Author Unknown The Sheltering Desert--A Story of Survival OneStonedCrow (blog)

Author Unknown Rupert Graves Online: Film & Television. The Sheltering Desert. Review/ Synopsis. Rupert Graves Online (website)

Academic Articles:

Kuiseb environment: the development of a monitoring baseline. A report of the Committee for Terrestrial Ecosystems. National Programme for Environmental Sciences by B. J. Huntley. National Programme for Environmental Sciences, National Scientific Programmes Unit: CSIR, SANSP Report 106 (1985), pp. 146

O’Leary, Ronan by Roderick Flynn and Patrick Brereton. Historical Dictionary of Irish Cinema (July 2007), pp. 277-278

The Barrel by Uwe Timm and Breon Mitchell. Transition, Vol. 12, No.4, (2003), pp. 100-119

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