MEERKAT MAANTUIG :: A Hanneke Schutte feature film


After her father’s sudden death, Gideonette de la Rey descends into darkness as she realises that she’s the only one left with a cursed family name. With the help of her new friend Bhubesi and his make-shift moonship, she’ll have to find the inner strength to face her fears in order to break the curse.


Meerkat Maantuig is delicately told and beautifully acted, with an amazing soundtrack by Clare Vandeleur.

The lead, Anchen du Plessis, really pulls you in and never lets you go. Rika Sennett and Pierre van Pletzen, her grandparents, were amazing as support to her character, but the casting of Themba Ntuli as Bhubezi was just perfect. The role of his character is not new, but he brought a freshness to it.

I enjoyed that you don’t really know what timeframe it's set in and that it shows how beautiful our country [South Africa] is. Wille Nel obviously had a huge hand in achieving this, but he also treated the storytelling with the necessary sensitivity.

What I loved most though is the effortlessness of the filmmaking. Hanneke Schutte is a natural storyteller/filmmaker and it shows. Meerkat Maantuig is sad, humorous, beautiful and full of hope and inspiration.


Saki Bergh is one of South Africa's top editors, whether he's cutting ads like the Loeries Grand Prix winning Nando's Dictator, music videos for Die Antwoord with over 180m YouTube views like Baby's On Fire,  or films like John Barker's Wonderboy For President, which won the Audience Award at the Jozi Film Festival. Saki is repped by Left Post Production; check out his reel here.


:: FIPRESCI Critics Prize & Best International Feature,  Schlingel Film Festival, 2018
:: Best Cinematography, South African Film & Television Awards, 2019
:: Best Cinematography, Silwerskerm, 2017
:: Festival Honors, Newport Beach Film Festival, 2018
:: Best Women's Film, Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, 2017
:: Best Film For Children at The Spirit of Fire Film Festival, Siberia, 2019
:: Schutte was included in Austin Film Festival's 25 Screenwriters To Watch In 2018
:: Generator 13+ nominee, Giffoni, 2018
:: Best Narrative Feature nominee, Austin, 2017


:: Writer/director: Hanneke Schutte
:: DoP: Willie Nel
:: Editor: Warwick Allan
:: Music: Clare Vandeleur
:: Production design: Waldemar Coetsee
:: Costume design: Mary-Sue Morris
:: Starring: Anchen du Plessis, Rika Sennett, Pierre van Pletzen & Themba Ntuli