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Gys de Villiers (Buks/Fredrique)

Gys de Villiers (Buks/Fredrique)

Gys de Villiers is a veteran of the South African theatre, television and film. After completing a degree in drama at the University of Cape Town he joined PACT (Performing Arts Council of the Transvaal) and worked for the organisation as principal performer for more than a decade.

Gys has had an illustrious television and film career. His first big TV role came in 1993, when he played Barry McGregor in ‘Triptiek 1’. Subsequently he played lead parts in ‘Sewende Laan’ and ‘Binnelanders’ and a support role in ‘Isidingo’. He appeared in ‘Malan & Kie’ on SABC 2. Gys made his feature film debut in ‘City of Blood’ in 1983. He played supporting roles in ‘Boetie Gaan Border Toe’, ‘Paljas’, ‘Eternity’ and ‘Vehicle 19’. He was cast to play iconic former South African president, FW de Klerk in Justin Chadwick’s much anticipated film, ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’, based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography.

Gys plays leads in two Afrikaans features, both set for release in 2013. He plays dual roles, Buks and Fredrique in ‘Jimmy In Pienk’ and the lead in ‘Verraaiers’ (Traitors), a film about the controversial court martial of a group of deserting Boer soldiers during the Anglo-Boer War.

‘Jimmy in Pienk’ is a quirky comedy about Jimmy Bester, a rugged mielie farmer who lives out his creative impulses by shearing sheep on neighbouring farms.

When Jimmy’s father suddenly dies in a freak accident, he is confronted by two menacing (and comedic) loan sharks who come to collect what his father owes.

For the first time in his life Jimmy gathers the courage to leave his home and travel to Cape Town to seek help from his uncle in mastering the art of hairdressing and becoming a metro-sexual man.

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Romantic Comedy
7 - 9 PG
Running time
91 min
English and Afrikaans