Hartland (ePub) | General Fiction
Last year Deon Opperman had Afrikaners talking about his kykNET series Hartland. In this series he looked at the effect of a changing society on one family – the politics of transformation and resistance. Central to the series was the patriarch Jan Cilliers (played by Marius Weyers), head of African Queen, a company that manufactures beauty products. Following his death, great competition arises in the family for the heart of the company, but in the process many dreams are destroyed.
Opperman utilised various topical story elements to give the series oomph: BEE; the murder, execution-style, of elderly white couples by black intruders; traumatised soldiers from the apartheid regime who turn to their priests for guidance – and the restoration of their faith.
Offsetting these emotionally loaded elements of the series there was a blossoming teenage love affair, and an old marriage that suddenly no longer had meaning, but Opperman’s masterful conclusion rested on two entirely different matters: the role of Afrikaner resistance movements, and plans that Jan Cilliers made long before his death to ensure the continued existence of his company.