Blood and Glory (Afrikaans: Modder en Bloed) is a feature film that was released to cinema in April 2016 in South Africa. The film, set in 1901, at the end of the Second Boer War, is a period drama that follows Willem Morkel, a Cape rebel (a Boer or Afrikaner) farmer who was captured and sent to a British prisoner of war camp on the Island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean. Though suffering under great oppression and hardship, Morkel and his comrades slowly come together to assert their defiance, humanity, and human spirit, especially through the game of rugby.Blood and Glory is a fictional account, using the backdrop of the Boer War, with some of the places in the plot resembling actual locations from the war. The film's protagonist, Willem Morkel, is loosely based on Sommie Morkel, who went on to play for the South Africa national rugby union team.
The historical authenticity of backdrop events, conditions and attitudes in the plot of the film can be debated, as its depiction of the Boers and the British relies heavily on glorification of the former and vilification of the latter. It is documented that 28,000 Boer women and children, as well as 20,000 black people, died in British concentration camps (Professor Fransjohan, 2011 writing for BBC). The film also makes mention of the scorched earth policy implemented by the British commander-in-chief, General Herbert Kitchener, during the Boer War.
Blood and Glory was co-produced by Dark Matter Studios and Collective Dream Films. It was written and directed by Sean Else (Spud 2, Platteland, 'n Man soos My Pa), and produced by Llewelynn Greeff (Leading Lady and The Unfamiliar) and Henk Pretorius (Leading Lady, Fanie Fourie's Lobola, Wolwedans in die Skemer, Hoofmeisie, Bakgat Trilogy and The Unfamiliar)
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