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Master Harold... and the Boys

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Directed by Lonny Price
Produced by Michael Auret
Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat
David Pupkewitz
Written by Athol Fugard (creator)
Nicky Rebello (screenplay)
Starring Freddie Highmore
Ving Rhames
Patrick Mofokeng
Cinematography Lance Gewer
Editing by Ronelle Loots
Distributed by Focus Films
Spier Films
Shoreline Entertainment
Release date(s) 2010
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3,000,000

Master Harold...and the Boys is an upcoming film, which is based on the original theatre play of the same name by Oscar winner Athol Fugard, directed by Emmy award winning director Lonny Price.[1] The cast includes Freddie Highmore[2] and Ving Rhames[1][3][4 ][5][6] with the release to be set for end of 2009 or early 2010[1].



Set in South Africa, during the early apartheid days. The story deals with the coming of age of seventeen year old Hally (played by Freddie Highmore). Hally, a white South African, is torn between his bigoted biological father’s expectations of him and those of his surrogate fathers, black waiters named Sam (played by Ving Rhames) and Willy (played by Patrick Mofokeng). Young Hally is obliged to laugh at his father’s racist jokes and perform humiliating tasks like empty chamber pots. By contrast, Sam exposes Hally to many positive experiences. After being humiliated by his father, Sam shows Hally how to be proud of something he’s achieved by helping him build and fly his own kite.[4 ]

One day, Hally receives news that his real father, an alcoholic and violent person, is coming back home from a long stint in a hospital. Hally, distraught with this news, unleashes years of anger and pain on his two black friends.


Master Harold and the Boys began filming in and around Cape Town, South Africa in mid-January. It is one of the first feature films in South Africa to be shot on the RED One camera. This film has a budget of just under $3m.[7]


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