Van Der Merwe, the comedy we’ve all been waiting for, bursts into theatres at the end of next month and as promotion for the film continues, Jack Parow has announced that he will be releasing the film’s official theme song ‘Super Van’ – and we couldn’t think of a better artist to bestow this honour!
The musician was absolutely thrilled when he was asked to create the title track for this family comedy: “I was super amped when they approached me to do the song, because I love Van der Merwe and everyone who is a part of the film. Rob is an amazing actor and I knew that it would be cool to get involved with this project, because I grew up listening to Van der Merwe jokes,” says the rapper. “The song is about Van and his vibe. It is not necessarily only about what happens in the film, but also provides my take on the Van der Merwe we all grew up with. It is fun and humorous and everyone will be able to relate.”
Jack rose to fame back in 2009 with his incredibly catchy single ‘Cooler As Ekke’ and has since released hit after hit. The star also released his own line of brandy, Parow Brandy, and he starred in his own reality show titled ‘Dis Hoe Ons Rol’.
The film, which stars Rob Van Vuuren in the lead role, is set on a farm in South Africa. The story centres around Van’s daughter, Marike, who returns home from a gap year in England with her new fiancé, George, a British medical student. This sets the scene for all sorts of problems and challenges. Not only does Van have to come to terms with the fact that his daughter is marrying an Englishman, but he is also pressured by his bossy, staunchly traditional father to put an end to the relationship. This puts him in a precarious situation with a difficult choice: risk the wrath of his father by condoning the wedding… or obey his father, whose approval he so desperately wants, and risk losing his daughter forever. When the family of the English fiancé arrives on the farm, the fireworks really begin as the clash of cultures results in a number of side-splitting incidents and hilarious situations, as we witness some classic Van der Merwe jokes played out in front of our eyes.
“I wanted the theme song for Van Der Merwe, one of South Africa’s greatest icons, to be created by one of the country’s biggest music icons, Jack Parow,” says director, producer and screenwriter, Bruce Lawley. “His lyrics and sense of humour are first rate and I believed he would be able to deliver a title track befitting the tongue-in-cheek comedy genre of the film. The song was specially written and produced for the movie. It is about Van. The man, the myth, the legend… about things which are important to him. The lyrics capture the essence of Van and the many aspects of his character, all of which are explored in the film. It has got some great, funny, clever lyrics and a very catchy tune.”
Bruce adds that “In every country, there is a person who is the butt of all jokes. In Ireland it is Paddy, in Israel it is Hymie, in South Africa, that person is Van der Merwe… this story is about him. I wanted to make a film about a single character, like ‘Ace Ventura’ or ‘Zoolander’, but with a South African flavour. Van is part of our culture, a character we can all relate to. He has a history and a place in our hearts. Bringing him to life on the big screen is something a lot of people want to see.”
Van Der Merwe bursts into cinemas nationwide on the 28th of July 2017.
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