'Spud' screen queens: meet the women who dominate here's love life

2010-03-12 00:00

CHARLBI Dean Kriek and Alex McGregor have been chosen to play the girls who dominate the love life of John “Spud” Milton in the movie version of John van de Ruit’s popular novels.

Kriek, an international model, will play Amanda, better known to fans of the book as “The Mermaid”. The role is her first in a major feature film.

Fascinated with acting from a young age, she enrolled in Cape Town’s Waterfront Theatre School to follow her dream — but after being spotted by a model scout and offered the opportunity to go and model in Tokyo, aged just 14, she put acting on hold and spent three years modelling.

Rising star McGregor’s acting resume encompasses work on stage and screen in TV series, movies and commercials. Having decided that she wasn’t right for the part of Amanda and too young to play Eve, Spud producers Brad Logan and Ross Garland knew they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have this talented young model and actress play a part in the film and offered her the role of flirty man-eater Christine.

The role of sexy drama teacher Eve, who has an affair with the leader of the Crazy Eight, Rambo, will be played by South African actress Tanit Phoenix. The actress, who has already shared the screen with Nicholas Cage and Jared Leto in Lord of War and Wesley Snipes in Gallowwalker, was signed up by ICE Model Management at just 15 and has modelled in Europe and America.

Her first screen role came in Charlie Jade, before she hit the big screen in the local film Crazy Monkey: Straight Outta Benoni.

Filming on Spud: The Movie, which is produced by Rogue Star Films and BLM Productions, is under way at Michaelhouse in Balgowan. The movie is due for release in cinemas at the end of the year.

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