Whether you're a fan of Nikon cameras or simply delight in spotting some film cameras in the movies, you'll definitely enjoy watching "The Bang Bang Club." Aside from the analogue eye candies, the action-packed film also gives us a glimpse at the lives of four combat photographers who actively documented the conflict in South Africa during the early 1990s.
Cameras: Nikkormat SLR, Nikon F2, Nikon FM2, Nikon F4, Leica M3, and a large format camera, to name a few
Cameo-d on: The Bang Bang Club (2010)
A fascinating movie that has been making it into every photographer and photography enthusiast’s must-watch list, “The Bang Bang Club” is the 2010 film adaptation of an autobiographical book entitled “The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War.” The book was penned by Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva, two of the photojournalists who were part the so-called Bang-Bang Club.
The Canadian-South African film tells about the lives of Greg Marinovich (Ryan Phillippe), Kevin Carter (Taylor Kitsch), Ken Oosterbroek (Frank Rautenbach), and Joao Silva (Neels Van Jaarsveld) — four photojournalists who covered the conflicts between the African National Congress (ANC) and Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) in South Africa during the transition from apartheid system to democracy in the early 1990s. The group earned their name from the sound of gunfire and the colloquial term among conflict photograpers. Aside from showcasing many of their compelling photos from this period, the movie also did a great job of telling the stories behind them.
The film also starred mostly Nikon film SLR cameras alongside the photographers: a Nikkormat SLR camera, a Nikon F2, a Nikon FM2, and a Nikon F4, to name a few. For this, the film became popular for fans and users of Nikon cameras. However, a Leica M3 and a large format camera also made brief appearances in the film.
Watch the trailer for The Bang Bang Club below:
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