Filming for Ivan Botha's directorial debut kicks off

The cast of Stroomop. (Photo: Suna Roberts)
The cast of Stroomop. (Photo: Suna Roberts)

Cape Town - Filming for Ivan Botha’s directorial debut, Stroomop has kicked off.

Botha is best known for his role in the Bakgat movie franchise, as well as starring in two successful South African box office hits, Pad na jou Hart and Vir Altyd.

Ivan, who is always seeking new challenges, is looking forward to being in the director’s seat: “I am excited to be at the helm of Stroomop and look forward to working on it alongside the right team.”


Stroomop tells the story of five women being tossed about by life’s rough waters and drowning in their own lives. Together they not only have to fight tears, fears and pain, but they must also fight for survival in this exciting white river rafting adventure on the Orange River. 

The film offers hilarious laugh-out-loud moments that make you realise that sometimes you simply have to accept your circumstances and make the most of it. In fact, sometimes you will have to swim against the current to discover that you are more than enough, and that you possess everything you need to overcome what the river of life may float your way.

The film boasts a strong cast; each of the actresses had to undergo training to not only be authentic on screen, but also to be safe on the water. 

“My character finds herself in a situation where she must take the lead in rough waters, so it was crucial for me to be fully prepared for the challenges of filming on the river,” explains Donnalee, who has won numerous awards, including Huisgenoot Tempo’s for Best Actress and Best Feature Film.

Donnalee Roberts plays Lana, a surgeon with a tragic past. She lives for her work and is passionate about saving lives, because she was unable to save her own parents. However, when she loses this gift due to an old injury, her identity is challenged, and she is forced to rediscover herself.

Simoné Nortmann is Vivian, a data analyst living a lie. She has lost her passion for life and is searching for a new adventure.

Adrie, played by Chanelle de Jager, has tons of potential, but she has lost herself somewhere between marriage and motherhood. She is looking for a way to recharge her batteries and to take care of her own needs for a while.  

Nixie played by Carla Classen  is an introverted millennial hiding her pain behind false illusions in the form of filters and hashtags. She is very specific about who she spends time with and what she says, and does not have a good relationship with her mother. She feels lost and must decide what she wants to do with her life. 

Diona, played by Ilse Klink is a strong-willed family lawyer, who has spent years helping other families, but have neglected her own in the process. She does not need other people to feel worthy and shows her love by presenting events and solutions, but that is not what her daughter needs. 

Armand Aucamp (Ballade vir ’n Enkeling, Die Boekklub) stars as the river guide, Guy. He is joined by a number of other familiar faces.   

The film is due for release in cinemas nationwide on 9 August 2018.

(Photos: Suna Roberts)

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