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Event Date: 10 July, 2017

Plett’s own Jill Kirkland is the star of Katrina and the guest of honour at the screening of this 1969 classic South African film. 

Date: 10 July 2017
Venue: The White House
Time: 17h00
Tickets: R480 per person


“One of the all-time best films made in South Africa: a searing indictment of the horrors of the apartheid laws and the tragic life story of a woman who falls in love with an alcoholic minister, only to have her past come back to haunt her.”

Director: Jans Rautenbach | Cast: Jill Kirkland, Joe Stewardson, Cobus Rossouw | 1969 – 97 minutes



katrina moviePlett’s own Jill Kirkland is the star of Katrina and the guest of honour at the screening of this 1969 classic South African film. Traditional Cape Cuisine prepared by Nguni Restaurant is paired with select Plett Wines. This event promises an unforgettable trip down memory lane with local vocalist Robyn Brouckaert (also daughter of the beautiful and talented star of the film, Jill Kirkland), singing folk songs from the movie and classic 60’s rock legend, Steve Ashley of the Staccatos, performing Cry to Me and other favourites.  An evening powerfully evocative of a past now behind us.

Katrina is based on a powerful story written by Basil Warner, Try for White. The film was, for its time, a shocking exposé of the horrors of apartheid and the racial classification system. It focuses on a ‘coloured’ woman, Katrina, who ‘tries for white’. She renounces her mother and father to make possible a better life for herself and her son in apartheid South Africa. Her son is unaware of his roots and is dating a white girl. A white Anglican priest falls in love with Katrina and their lives are shattered when the secrets are revealed. The film remains of the most innovative films to come out of the apartheid years of the sixties.



Enjoy select Cape Malay inspired dishes paired with 6 Plett wines for an intimate and entertaining journey of taste. After the film, a special treat with traditional Cape Malay desserts and fresh koeksusters from the deft hands of Murray Pienaar.



Steve Ashley of The Staccatos

Steve Ashley, lead singer of the Staccatos sings their hit song Cry to Me at this year’s Plett Food & Film which features in the opening movie Katrina on 10th July 2017 at The White House. In 1969, it charted for 38 weeks on the Springbok Hit Parade, reaching the number 1 position. For a sneak peek, listen here:

Jill Kirkland from Katrina

Jill Kirkland sang the theme song. For a peak, watch here:

Robyn Brouckaert from Plett

Robyn Brouckaert sings folk melodies from Katrina with guitar, accompanied by the clarinet.