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PRESS RELEASE

1 September 2014

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Karoo Films options THE GRIEKWASTAD MURDERS by Jacques Steenkamp

 

The Karoo Film company, founded by Diony Kempen and Deon Meyer in 2012, today announced the optioning of journalist and author Jacques Steenkamp’s bestselling book The Griekwastad Murders / Die Griekwastad-Moorde for the period of a year.

Recent movies by Karoo Films include Die Laaste Tango, Die Ballade van Robbie de Wee and Alles Wat Mal Is (released in 2014).

Jacques Steenkamp, who will be writing the screenplay for the planned movie, said that he is very excited to work alongside the legendary Deon Meyer and Diony Kempen on this project. “The story of the Griekwastad Murders has a universal theme that will resonate with its audience. It has all the elements of a Greek tragedy, but it will be based on true events. The challenge now is to adapt this story for the screen and in the process ensure that the audience finds it fresh and gripping”.

 “We are extremely proud to be involved in this project with Jacques. His book – about a case that held the nation spellbound – is brilliant, and our goal and challenge will be to have the film do justice to it” said Deon Meyer.

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Jacques Steenkamp has been covering breaking-news stories across South Africa for more than seven years. During this time he has reported on hundreds of murders and countless court cases. He is considered one of the country’s top hard-news reporters and has been awarded numerous journalism prizes over the years. He covered the Griekwastad murders from the beginning and, along with his contacts and sources, investigated and exposed the truth behind this gruesome case. He studied film in Britain in the early 2000’s, and is currently working as a freelance producer and journalist at the SABC.

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