Speaking of Ryan Phillippe (see him in the generic looking “Setup” trailer here), he’s also in a new, more respectable looking movie called “The Bang Bang Club”, based on the true story of foreign journalists in South Africa during the chaotic early 1990s, the trailer for which is below. Can pretty white people with cameras save Africa while boinking in the press rooms? You bet your ass they can.
The Bang Bang Club is the real life story of a group of four young combat photographers – Greg Marinovich, Joao Silva, Kevin Carter and Ken Oosterbroek – bonded by friendship and their sense of purpose to tell the truth. They risked their lives and used their camera lenses to tell the world of the brutality and violence associated with the first free elections in post Apartheid South Africa in the early 90s. This intense political period brought out their best work (two won Pulitzers during the period) but cost them a heavy price. Based on the book of the same name by Marinovich and Silva, the film stars Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman and Taylor Kitsch and explores the thrill, danger and moral questions associated with exposing the truth.
Starring Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman, Taylor Kitsch, Patrick Lyster, Frank Rautenbach, Neels Van Jaarsveld, and directed by Steven Silver.
The club goes bang April 22, 2011.