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SONG VIR KATRYN (article first published : 2003-04-24)

Valiant Swart, one of South Africa's leading 'alternative' rock stars, plays the lead role in kykNET's brand new drama series Song vir Katryn which is screened on Thursdays at 20h00.

Song vir Katryn was written and directed by the prolific moviemaker and television producer Jan Scholtz. Since 1974 he has penned and produced 15 movies and 18 television series. That includes crowd pleasers like the movies Môre môre and Kiepie and Kandas as well as highly popular series like Sterretjie, Sonkring, Triptiek and Arsenaal.

Valiant plays the role of a handsome medical doctor, called Jinx, who has his own band and loves touring the country on his motorbike. Women are crazy about Jinx. At the doctor's rooms where he locums his diary is always fully booked. With women who don't mind taking off their clothes to be examined by the dear doctor. The ladies also flock to his performances at the clubs and rock concerts. And they all hope to be the one he decides to marry.

But as is the case in most romantic dramas, there's one girl who is different from the rest. Her name is Katryn. And she hates all men. Jinx included. She meets Jinx in a pub on the night she loses her waitressing job and from that day onwards their lives are intertwined. Sometimes without them knowing it. Sometimes without them wanting it.

Although Song vir Katryn is a romantic drama, it tackles social issues like drug abuse, pornography on the internet, AIDS and Alzheimer's disease. It's set in modern day South Africa.

Scholtz uses all his old tricks to create a memorable story, but there are many surprises awaiting viewers. Like hip storylines and a wonderful soundtrack filled with new rock songs.

Valiant's character, Jinx, gets the opportunity to perform at least one song in each of the thirteen episodes. These songs were mostly written by Jan Scholtz and set to music by Valiant. The role of Katryn is portrayed by newcomer Therese Benade. Another great rocker Mel Botes is Slab, Jinx's sidekick. Marius Weyers also has a challenging role - that of Jinx's father, a once brilliant medical practitioner that now suffers from Alzheimer's. The rest of the cast includes Fezile Mpela, Dawn Matthews, Antoinette Kellerman and Francois Coertze.

kykNET is now the only South African channel who produces and broadcasts new Afrikaans drama. Song vir Katryn is repeated on Saturday mornings at 10h30 and Monday evenings at 21h30.




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