John Kani

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Bonsile John Kani (born 1943) is a South African actor, director and playwright. He was born in New Brighton, South Africa. Kani joined The Serpent Players (a group of actors whose first performance was in the former snake pit of the zoo, hence the name) in Port Elizabeth in 1965 and helped to create many plays that went unpublished but were performed to a resounding reception. These were followed by the more famous Sizwe Banzi is Dead and The Island, co-written with Athol Fugard and Winston Ntshona, in the early 1970s. He also received an Olivier nomination for his role in My Children My Africa! Kani's work has been widely performed around the world, including New York, where he and Winston Ntshona won a Tony Award in 1975 for Sizwe Banzi Is Dead and The Island. These two plays were presented in repertory at the Edison Theatre for a total of 52 performances. Nothing but the Truth (2002) was his debut as sole playwright and was first performed in the Market Theatre in Johannesburg. This play takes place in post-apartheid South Africa and does not concern the conflicts between whites and blacks, but the rift between blacks who stayed in South Africa to fight apartheid, and those who left only to return when the hated regime folded. It won the 2003 Fleur du Cap Awards for best actor and best new South African play. In the same year he was also awarded a special Obie award for his extraordinary contribution to theatre in the USA. ...

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The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)

Sir Robert Beaumont is behind schedule on a railroad in Africa. Enlisting noted engineer John Henry Patterson to right the ship, Beaumont expects results. Everything seems great until the crew discovers the mutilated corpse of the project's foreman, seemingly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Hopkins
CAST:  Michael Douglas  •  Val Kilmer  •  Tom Wilkinson  •  John Kani

Sir Robert Beaumont is behind schedule on a railroad in Africa. Enlisting noted engineer John Henry Patterson to right the ship, Beaumont expects results. Everything seems great until the crew discovers the mutilated corpse of the project's foreman, seemingly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Hopkins
CAST:  Michael Douglas  •  Val Kilmer  •  Tom Wilkinson  •  John Kani

The Wild Geese (1978)

A British multinational company seeks to overthrow a vicious dictator in central Africa. It hires a band of (largely aged) mercenaries in London and sends them in to save the virtuous but imprisoned opposition leader who is also critically ill and due for execution ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew V. McLaglen
CAST:  Richard Burton  •  Roger Moore  •  Richard Harris  •  Hardy Krüger

A British multinational company seeks to overthrow a vicious dictator in central Africa. It hires a band of (largely aged) mercenaries in London and sends them in to save the virtuous but imprisoned opposition leader who is also critically ill and due for execution ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew V. McLaglen
CAST:  Richard Burton  •  Roger Moore  •  Richard Harris  •  Hardy Krüger

A Dry White Season (1989)

During the 1976 Soweto uprising, a white school teacher's life and values are threatened when he asks questions about the death of a young black boy who died in police custody.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Euzhan Palcy
CAST:  Donald Sutherland  •  Janet Suzman  •  Zakes Mokae  •  Jürgen Prochnow

During the 1976 Soweto uprising, a white school teacher's life and values are threatened when he asks questions about the death of a young black boy who died in police custody.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Euzhan Palcy
CAST:  Donald Sutherland  •  Janet Suzman  •  Zakes Mokae  •  Jürgen Prochnow

Killing Heat (1981)

A city-woman moves to a foreign country with her future husband, giving up all the comforts of cosmopolitan life. Life in the countryside finally takes its toll on her, and she finds herself involved sexually with another man  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Raeburn
CAST:  Karen Black  •  John Thaw  •  John Kani

A city-woman moves to a foreign country with her future husband, giving up all the comforts of cosmopolitan life. Life in the countryside finally takes its toll on her, and she finds herself involved sexually with another man  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Raeburn
CAST:  Karen Black  •  John Thaw  •  John Kani

White Lion (2010)

According to the legend of the Shangaan, white lions are the messengers of the gods, but it has been years since one has been seen in their remote African valley. When a white lion is miraculously born into that valley, a young Shangaan named Gisani, finds himself ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Swan
CAST:  Jamie Bartlett  •  John Kani  •  Thabo Malema  •  AJ Van der Merwe

According to the legend of the Shangaan, white lions are the messengers of the gods, but it has been years since one has been seen in their remote African valley. When a white lion is miraculously born into that valley, a young Shangaan named Gisani, finds himself ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Swan
CAST:  Jamie Bartlett  •  John Kani  •  Thabo Malema  •  AJ Van der Merwe

Jail Caesar (2012)

The early life of Roman ruler Julius Caesar as told in three working prisons in South Africa, the UK and Canada. A small group of professional actors is joined by a cast of real-life inmates to tell the story of one of history's foremost personalities.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Schoolman
CAST:  Derek Jacobi  •  John Kani  •  Alice Krige  •  Warren Adler

The early life of Roman ruler Julius Caesar as told in three working prisons in South Africa, the UK and Canada. A small group of professional actors is joined by a cast of real-life inmates to tell the story of one of history's foremost personalities.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Schoolman
CAST:  Derek Jacobi  •  John Kani  •  Alice Krige  •  Warren Adler

How to Steal 2 Million (2011)

It's a jungle out there. That's how we meet our lead character Jack. It's been five years since he's seen his partner and best friend Twala. Jack did five years for a robbery gone bad. Twala never got caught and Jack never talked. But Twala is as treacherous as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charlie Vundla
CAST:  Menzi Ngubane  •  Terry Pheto  •  Rapulana Seiphemo  •  John Kani

It's a jungle out there. That's how we meet our lead character Jack. It's been five years since he's seen his partner and best friend Twala. Jack did five years for a robbery gone bad. Twala never got caught and Jack never talked. But Twala is as treacherous as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charlie Vundla
CAST:  Menzi Ngubane  •  Terry Pheto  •  Rapulana Seiphemo  •  John Kani

The Bird Can't Fly (2008)

Melody returns to her old home to Fairlands the funeral of their daughter, June to attend. But Melody not recognize their city regains because it is almost entirely disappeared under tons of sand. She also learns that they have a 10-year-old grandson, River, has. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Threes Anna
CAST:  Tina Ajaxa  •  Claire Berlein  •  Yusuf Davids  •  Amanda Dilma

Melody returns to her old home to Fairlands the funeral of their daughter, June to attend. But Melody not recognize their city regains because it is almost entirely disappeared under tons of sand. She also learns that they have a 10-year-old grandson, River, has. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Threes Anna
CAST:  Tina Ajaxa  •  Claire Berlein  •  Yusuf Davids  •  Amanda Dilma

Sarafina! (1992)

The plot centers on students involved in the Soweto Riots, in opposition to the implementation of Afrikaans as the language of instruction in schools. The stage version presents a school uprising similar to the Soweto uprising on June 16, 1976. A narrator ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darrell James Roodt
CAST:  Leleti Khumalo  •  Whoopi Goldberg  •  John Kani  •  Miriam Makeba

The plot centers on students involved in the Soweto Riots, in opposition to the implementation of Afrikaans as the language of instruction in schools. The stage version presents a school uprising similar to the Soweto uprising on June 16, 1976. A narrator ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darrell James Roodt
CAST:  Leleti Khumalo  •  Whoopi Goldberg  •  John Kani  •  Miriam Makeba

Coriolanus (2011)

Caius Martius, aka Coriolanus, is an arrogant and fearsome general who has built a career on protecting Rome from its enemies. Pushed by his ambitious mother to seek the position of consul, Coriolanus is at odds with the masses and unpopular with certain colleagues ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ralph Fiennes
CAST:  Gerard Butler  •  Ralph Fiennes  •  Lubna Azabal  •  Ashraf Barhom

Caius Martius, aka Coriolanus, is an arrogant and fearsome general who has built a career on protecting Rome from its enemies. Pushed by his ambitious mother to seek the position of consul, Coriolanus is at odds with the masses and unpopular with certain colleagues ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ralph Fiennes
CAST:  Gerard Butler  •  Ralph Fiennes  •  Lubna Azabal  •  Ashraf Barhom

The Tichborne Claimant (1998)

Based on a true story, set in the late 19th century: Lord Tichborne, the ninth richest nobleman in England, disappears after a South American shipwreck. Some years later his erudite Afro-English valet, Bogle, is sent to investigate rumors that Tichborne survived ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Yates
CAST:  Robert Pugh  •  John Kani  •  Stephen Fry  •  John Gielgud

Based on a true story, set in the late 19th century: Lord Tichborne, the ninth richest nobleman in England, disappears after a South American shipwreck. Some years later his erudite Afro-English valet, Bogle, is sent to investigate rumors that Tichborne survived ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Yates
CAST:  Robert Pugh  •  John Kani  •  Stephen Fry  •  John Gielgud

'Master Harold'... and the Boys (1985)

"Master Harold" is what the black employees are ordered to call young Hally, the son of a well-to-do white couple who own a fashionable tea room. Hally wanders into the establishment one day and sees two black male workers practicing for an upcoming ballroom ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Lindsay-Hogg
CAST:  Matthew Broderick  •  John Kani  •  Zakes Mokae

"Master Harold" is what the black employees are ordered to call young Hally, the son of a well-to-do white couple who own a fashionable tea room. Hally wanders into the establishment one day and sees two black male workers practicing for an upcoming ballroom ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Lindsay-Hogg
CAST:  Matthew Broderick  •  John Kani  •  Zakes Mokae

Kini & Adams (1997)

Kini and Adams are two friends leaving in a Zimbabwe village who dream of repairing an old broken car, and moving to the city and starting life over.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Idrissa Ouedraogo
CAST:  Vusi Kunene  •  David Mohloki  •  Nthati Moshesh  •  John Kani

Kini and Adams are two friends leaving in a Zimbabwe village who dream of repairing an old broken car, and moving to the city and starting life over.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Idrissa Ouedraogo
CAST:  Vusi Kunene  •  David Mohloki  •  Nthati Moshesh  •  John Kani

Black Panther (2018)

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King T'Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country's new leader. However, T'Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne by factions within his own country as well as without. Using ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ryan Coogler
CAST:  Chadwick Boseman  •  Michael B. Jordan  •  Andy Serkis  •  Lupita Nyong'o

King T'Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country's new leader. However, T'Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne by factions within his own country as well as without. Using ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ryan Coogler
CAST:  Chadwick Boseman  •  Michael B. Jordan  •  Andy Serkis  •  Lupita Nyong'o

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Following the events of Age of Ultron, the collective governments of the world pass an act designed to regulate all superhuman activity. This polarizes opinion amongst the Avengers, causing two factions to side with Iron Man or Captain America, which causes an epic ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Russo  •  Anthony Russo
CAST:  Chris Evans  •  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Chadwick Boseman  •  Jeremy Renner

Following the events of Age of Ultron, the collective governments of the world pass an act designed to regulate all superhuman activity. This polarizes opinion amongst the Avengers, causing two factions to side with Iron Man or Captain America, which causes an epic ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Russo  •  Anthony Russo
CAST:  Chris Evans  •  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Chadwick Boseman  •  Jeremy Renner

The Lion King (2019)

Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Favreau
CAST:  Donald Glover  •  Beyoncé  •  James Earl Jones  •  Chiwetel Ejiofor

Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Favreau
CAST:  Donald Glover  •  Beyoncé  •  James Earl Jones  •  Chiwetel Ejiofor

Murder Mystery (2019)

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After attending a gathering on a billionaire's yacht during a European vacation, a New York cop and his wife become prime suspects when he's murdered.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kyle Newacheck
CAST:  Adam Sandler  •  Jennifer Aniston  •  Luke Evans  •  Gemma Arterton

After attending a gathering on a billionaire's yacht during a European vacation, a New York cop and his wife become prime suspects when he's murdered.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kyle Newacheck
CAST:  Adam Sandler  •  Jennifer Aniston  •  Luke Evans  •  Gemma Arterton

Options (1989)

An MBA goes to Africa to make a deal, but comes out with a Princess.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Camilo Vila
CAST:  Matt Salinger  •  Joanna Pacula  •  John Kani  •  Tobie Cronje

An MBA goes to Africa to make a deal, but comes out with a Princess.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Camilo Vila
CAST:  Matt Salinger  •  Joanna Pacula  •  John Kani  •  Tobie Cronje

Falls the Shadow: The Life and Times of Athol Fugard (2012)

Director Tony Palmer tells the incredible life story of Athol Fugard, the prolific playwright, novelist, and director who exposed the horrors of South Africa's apartheid system for the entire world to see. Interviews with Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, Yvonne ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Palmer
CAST:  Athol Fugard  •  John Kani  •  Ben Kingsley  •  Winston Ntshona

Director Tony Palmer tells the incredible life story of Athol Fugard, the prolific playwright, novelist, and director who exposed the horrors of South Africa's apartheid system for the entire world to see. Interviews with Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, Yvonne ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Palmer
CAST:  Athol Fugard  •  John Kani  •  Ben Kingsley  •  Winston Ntshona

Victims of Apartheid (1978)

George, a black South African, finds it hard to settle down in London after his experiences in South Africa.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart Burge
CAST:  John Kani  •  Coral Atkins  •  John Matshikiza  •  Mona Hammond

George, a black South African, finds it hard to settle down in London after his experiences in South Africa.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart Burge
CAST:  John Kani  •  Coral Atkins  •  John Matshikiza  •  Mona Hammond
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