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Karoo Films options The Griekwastad Murders

Jacques Steenkamp


1 September 2014


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.


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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User Comments:
Re: Karoo Films options The Griekwastad Murders - by Leanie van Wyk
February 06 2015 16:26:32

O wonderlik. Twee briljante breine verenig! Opgewonde!!

Re: Karoo Films options The Griekwastad Murders - by Madison de Villiers
February 17 2015 19:53:51

Fantastic book, what an exciting film project to be involved with.

Re: Karoo Films options The Griekwastad Murders - by Helen
June 06 2016 14:23:38

can't wait...when is the film due to be released?

Re: Karoo Films options The Griekwastad Murders - by Dedere Roos
March 31 2019 07:37:31

Sien uit na die film Jacques! Het jou boek gelees, briljante werk!

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