Local star Louw Venter in Van der Merwe movie

Louw Venter stars in the hilariously funny Van der Merwe movie. Photo: Facebook.

The van, the myth, the legendary Van der Merwe, comes to life on the big screen on 28 July and the official trailer has just been released!

Every country has a person who is the butt of all jokes. In Ireland, it’s Paddy. In Israel, it’s Hymie and in South Africa, that person is Van der Merwe, and this tongue-in-cheek family comedy is all about him.

Producers Bruce Lawley, Bruce Macdonald, Craig Jones and Murray Macdonald bring you this star-studded affair with the role of Van, the underdog, played by the well-known and very talented, Rob van Vuuren.

Louw Venter, who grew up in Krugersdorp, plays the role of Willem, Van’s brother.

Setting the scene for all sorts of problems and challenges, the film centres on Van’s daughter, Marike, who returns home from a gap year in England with a new fiancé, George, a British medical student.

Not only does Van have to come to terms with the fact that his daughter is marrying an Englishman, he is also pressured by his bossy, traditional father to put an end to the relationship. This puts Van in a precarious situation, as he must either risk the wrath of his father by condoning the wedding or obey his father and risk losing his daughter forever. The fireworks really begin when the family of the English fiancé arrives on the farm, as the clash of cultures results in a number of side-splitting incidents and hilarious situations, as we witness some classic Van der Merwe jokes played out in front of our eyes.

The film is distributed by Ster-Kinekor Entertainment and will be released in cinemas nationwide on 28 July. It can be seen at Nu Metro Key West Shopping Centre and [email protected]

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