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SA celebs gather for Bang Bang Club première

The crème de la crème of Johannesburg gathered in Sandton on Wednesday evening for the South...

Actor Neels van Jaarsveld attends the South African premiere of The Bang Bang Club in Johannesburg on 13 July 2011. Picture: Andrea van Wyk/EWN

The crème de la crème of Johannesburg gathered in Sandton on Wednesday evening for the South African premier of The Bang Bang Club.

Around 1,000 invited guests gathered to watch the film about a group of South African photographers in the early 1990s.

Local actor Neels van Jaarsveld, who played photographer Joao Silva, said the most important critics are the South African audience.

"It was awesome that it opened in New York and Toronto, but I think it's extremely important that it needs to be seen in South Africa," he said.

Audiences can get their first glimpse of the film on July 22.