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Darling! The Pieter-Dirk Uys Story (2005/Umbrella Entertainment/Region Zero/0/PAL Documentary)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Documentary: B



PLEASE NOTE: This DVD can only be operated on machines capable of playing back DVDs that can handle Region Zero/0 PAL format software and can be ordered from our friends at Umbrella Entertainment at the website address provided at the end of the review.



There are many stories about the rise and fall of Apartheid and some ugly things have been happening since its fall, from an AIDS crisis to revenge violence as a result of that fall, but there have been people who made a big difference and one of the most important has been an outspoken comedian.  Pieter-Dirk Uys became public enemy #1 for the government holding in vein to the policy and he could have been assassinated for what he had done.  The government had already tortured and killed people over it (Steve Biko being an obvious example) down to an ugly incident little discussed where they had tortured a subversive so much, when they were done, all he could to was hold birds and say nothing.  Uys was up against that!


So how did he pull it off and help end Apartheid and continues to fight for justice in South Africa?  Julian Show’s Darling! The Pieter-Dirk Uys Story (2005) shows the solution to this.  Not only was he a comic actor, he was cross-dressing to play characters that made his subversions and transgressions even more dangerous because to attack him directly, they would have had to admit he had credence in any form and one that is a gay persona is one they simply could not handle.  Between his impersonations of Bishop Desmond Tutu (which the Bishop highly approves of, laughing uncontrollably in one of the best moments here) to playing “the whitest woman in South Africa”, you can imagine why they are still censoring him, why you may have never heard of him and why this portrait is so vital.


Uys offers a long range of interviews covering every pertinent subject imaginable as we learn about his work, his battles and his vital talk with children and teens about the AIDS crisis, the lack of which (especially in the U.S., for instance) is perpetuating the crisis in ways the media and especially the second Bush Administration have been purposely underreporting.  But best of all, Uys is a great guy with a life-changin legacy that includes the fact that he is a brilliant comic talent.


Anyone serious about the subjects noted or great documentary filmmaking should list Darling! The Pieter-Dirk Uys Story as a major must-see!



The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is soft and has a mix of older historic analog video, but is fine for a documentary, while the Dolby Digital 2.0 is stereophonic enough, though some sound is mono or location sound that could only be fixed up so much.  Extras include director’s notebook gallery, a Q&A with director and star, trailers and deleted scenes of interest.



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-   Nicholas Sheffo


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