Nestled at the foot of the beautiful Simonsberg mountains, on the 17th of February 2022, exactly 10 years after the movie Semi-Soet was first released, 220 people sat down to watch the famous Afrikaans romantic comedy on a giant pop-up screen on the lawns in front of the Manor House, where the fated love story first unfolded.

Arriving at Vrede en Lust to find their comfortable spot, guests were greeted at the Historic Wine Cellar with a glass of Vrede en Lust, Dalewood cheese board and a map of a version of the movie’s Vryersvoetpad (they thought they would spare the guests the real trek). The sentiment witnessed on the evening of friends and romantic couples walking along the path with wine glasses in hand, was sensational. There was not a breath of wind, or a cloud in the sky, while the sunset hugged the Simonsberg mountains to create a majestic, angled light that lit voetpadders and vineyards alike.

Behind the Manor House at The Pool House, guests were starting to enjoy some of their favourite bottles of Vrede en Lust wine while munching on fresh prego rolls from Lust Bistro. While everyone was eating and drinking and chatting, Newton & Co, a well-known local artist from Franschhoek, set up in front of the Manor House and serenaded the crowd with delightful sounds and classic oldies.

Before it was dark enough to start playing the movie, the crowd was treated to an appearance by three of the actors from the original screenplay – Sandra Vaughn, Louw Venter and Corine du Toit. Sandra reminisced about the time they spent writing the story, and about their unforgettable memories while filming onset at Vrede en Lust. Sandra even dropped the Semi-Soet 2 bomb, which got the crowd very excited. Louw finished off with an entertaining live auction of 6 of the Vrede en Lust 2008 limited edition (and last bottles in the cellar): Vryersvoetpad red wine blend, from which the proceeds have been donated to the Theatre Benevolent Fund. The bottles were a once-off vintage and limited production wine commemorating Vrede en Lust’s involvement in the famous movie. We are very proud of the response from all of the Semi-Soet fans for showing their support with a total of R6350 raised. If you would like to show your support and make a contribution, please see the foundation’s bank details at the bottom of this article.

The quality of the filming and acting has aged very well, with many hilarious heavy-hitting one-liners. For the English folk out there, who haven’t yet mustered up the courage to watch Semi-Soet – it is full of wit and heart-warming humour that will surely leave you with a new sense of respect for Afrikaans movies.

Theatre Benevolent Fund Bank Details:

PBO Nr: 930 000 322
First National Bank
Account Holder: Theatre Benevolent Fund
Account No: 6202 439 8671
Branch: Carlswald – 250 117

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