Never, never, never give up
is a film based in apartheid-era and post-apartheid South Africa, following the life of Sandra Laing, a black girl born to white Afrikaner parents. The story drops many anvils
about racism and living as a black person in apartheid-era South Africa (to be expected, given the setting). The story progresses from when Sandra is a schoolchild, to when she begins searching for a husband, to casting her vote in the first free elections of a post-apartheid South Africa. The film was given 10 awards in 8 different film festivals and nominated for one in another. It features Sophie Okonedo
as Sandra, Sam Neill
as Sandra's father, Abraham, and Terri Ann Eckstein as Sandra's mother, Elsie.
Also based completely
on a true story, as the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue
will show you.
This film provides examples of:
- Abusive Parents
- Butt Monkey: Sandra Laing.
- Chocolate Baby: Sandra, naturally. It averts the usual suspicions, however-Abraham never seems to believe that Elsie might have cheated on him, and he accepts Sandra as his own from the beginning. This becomes part of the problem as he (and the government, eventually) think of her as an Afrikaner girl, and it was not acceptable-or legal-for Afrikaner girls to marry blacks in apartheid South Africa...
- Disproportionate Retribution: What Abraham very nearly gets on Petrus. Thank God he was apparently trained in the Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy.
- Et Tu, Brute?
- Hope Spot: Many.
- Love Hurts
- Papa Wolf: Abraham Laing drifts between this, Abusive Parent and Knight Templar Parent
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Sandra and Petrus. They get together though. Then Sandra discovers he's a Domestic Abuser...
- Arguable. Petrus becomes a Domestic Abuser over time as he gets increasingly disillusioned with what's happened to his life and blames the political regime, and the white minority. This ties into his growing resentment for Sandra, who remains a product of her white upbringing, and maintains contact with her white mother. However, it's no justification for urinating over his wife in broad daylight, in front of the entire neighborhood.
- The Pollyanna: Sandra
- "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue