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Athol Fugard: 'Blood Knot'

Year: 1964, 28 mins
Code: CAT-Ath

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A rare filmed recording of excerpts from the original New York production of Athol Fugard's first important play. With the original cast of that production: James Earl Jones and J.D. Cannon. South African playwright, director and actor Fugard (b. 1932) has been writing for several decades about the lives of blacks and poor whites in South Africa.
His work is characterized by an empathy for the dispossessed; yet through the stories of such people -- and often with humor -- emerges a vision of the nobility of man. Fugard's works include "Blood Knot" -- the first play performed in South Africa with an interracial cast -- "Hello and Goodbye", "Boesman and Lena", "Sizwe Banzi Is Dead" , "The Island", and "Master Harold...and the Boys". Black and White

Harold Athol Lanigan Fugard OIS (born 11 June 1932) is a South African playwright, novelist, actor, and director who writes in South African English. He is best known for his political plays opposing the system of apartheid and for the 2005 Academy Award-winning film of his novel Tsotsi, directed by Gavin Hood. Fugard was an adjunct professor of playwriting, acting and directing in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of California, San Diego.[ For the academic year 2000–2001, he was the IU Class of 1963 Wells Scholar Professor at Indiana University, in Bloomington, Indiana. He is the recipient of many awards, honours, and honorary degrees, including the 2005 Order of Ikhamanga in Silver "for his excellent contribution and achievements in the theatre" from the government of South Africa.[4] He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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