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I dreamed of Africa

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In I dreamed of Africa, the power of a woman's spirit and love for her adopted African homeland enable her to overcome personal tragedy and find purpose in life.

As a child, Kuki Gallmann (Kim Basinger) discovered the singular magic of Africa. As an adult, she migrates to Africa with her new husband, Paolo (Vincent Pérez) and her son, Emanuele (Liam Aitken & Garrett Strommen). Although it is the place she has waited for all her life, she never dreamed of the pain, passion, joy and hardship that was hidden in its vast beauty.

I dreamed of Africa is inspired by a true story of the indomitable Kuki Gallmann and told against the magnificent backdrop of Africa's unsolvable mystery.

Persons of interest

  • Kim Basinger .... Kuki Gallmann
  • Vincent Perez .... Paolo Gallmann
  • Liam Aiken .... 7-Year-Old Emanuele
  • Garrett Strommen .... 17-Year-Old Emanuele
  • Eva Marie Saint .... Franca
  • Daniel Craig .... Declan Fielding
  • Lance Reddick .... Simon
  • Connie Chiume .... Wanjiku
  • James Ngobese .... Luka
  • Joko Scott .... Mirimuk
  • Nick Boraine .... Duncan Maitland
  • Susan Danford .... Esther Maitland
  • Ian Roberts .... Mike Donovan
  • Susan Monteregge .... Karen Donovan
  • Jessica Perritt .... Lady Diana Delemere
  • Kuki Gallmann .... Author
  • Paula Milne .... Screenwriter
  • Susan Shilliday .... Screenwriter
  • Hugh Hudson .... Director

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Theatrical report

Wow, shit happens.

It makes you wonder why people let themselves enjoy life and fall in love when there's the certainty that somehow, some day, things are going to fall apart with neither rhyme nor reason. Faith may move mountains but that didn't stop Mohammed from having to go for a walk.

As for Kuki Gallmann, well, you have to shake your head in wonder that anyone could live through the things she went through and come out the other end without being entranced by the pretty, little, pink flying elephants. If there was ever a candidate for the kooky bin it would be Kuki Gallmann but she pulled herself up by her own bootstraps and managed to not only get on with life but create a whole new career from it.

As for the movie, well, Kim Basinger shows why she won an Oscar for best supporting actress in LA confidential. Despite being a Nordic goddess, she covers herself in dust and dirt like any other expat trying to make a go of it in la belle Afrique. Vincent and Garrett are both fine performers in their own right but this is Kim Basinger's movie and they blend their characters into hers in a convincingly real family unit. It's touchingly warm without looking like an ad for greeting cards.

Africa is a lot like Australia in that it's completely unforgiving. Poisonous snakes, insects, and fish... mysterious natives... a paucity of water (or a plenitude)... incessant heat that makes even the mad dogs and Englishmen take cover. Dust. Unbearable beauty and inexplicable cruelty. It's the contrast in extremes that draws a certain kind of person from the comforts of tame, old Europe, something which gives this type of nation a very particular flavour.

If you want a heart-breakingly honest drama about the discovery of self then I dreamed of Africa is for you.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Languages: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Icelandic, Hindi, Hebrew, Dutch, Bulgarian, German, Turkish, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Greek, Norwegian, Arabic
  • Picture: Widescreen (16:9 enhanced)
  • Audio commentary with director Hugh Hudson
  • 15 minute "making of" featurette
  • Isolated soundtrack
  • Talent profiles
  • Movie trailer
  • Picture disc

Security censorship classification

M (Adult themes)

Surveillance time

114 minutes (1:54 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD rental: 13 December 2000

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