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In the late 1960s, Jamie Uys convinced Retief to venture into films.Subsequently Constantia Films - an affiliate of Mimosa Films - was formed.Bill joined his brother Boet in the film business in the late 1960s.His first picture as producer was 1977 Kom tot Rus1978 Iemand Soos Jy (Someone Like You)1978 Sonja1979 Grensbasis 131979 Night of the Puppets1980 Kiepie en Kandas1980 The Gods Must be Crazy1981 Beloftes van Môre1981 April 19801983 The Riverman1983 Funny People II1986 Back to Freedom1989 The Gods Must be Crazy IIThe inimitable and irresistible Alec Debbo was born in Bloemfontein on 22 June 1924.As one of the most famous artists of his generation he made an enormous contribution to Afrikaans music and culture.Some of Debbo’s greatest hits were: Daar Kom die Alibama, Bokkie, Hasie, Stoppie, Tamatiesous en kerriekos, Sousboontjies, Riksjabooi, Die brake van Turffontein, Baas Jack, Sonbrilletjies, Die tantes van Nantes, Ek ry met die trein, Teddiebeer, Brakkie in die venster, Ek kan my lag nie hou, Bolandse nooientjie, Hoë polvy, Ding dong, Stellenbosch die roep my, Boerekos, Koos van der Merwe, Sikkedoema, Hy-ba-ba-rie-bab, Die spook, Vlooi, My dolla is ‘n loskop, Kiewiet, Kappit yt, Byt vissie byt and Bloubergstrand1948 Die Kaskenades van Dr Kwak1949 Kom Saam Vanaand1965 Die Wonderwêreld van Kammie Kamfer1950 Hier’s Ons Weer1951 Alles Sal Regkom1957 Dis Lekker om te Lewe1960 Hou die Blinkkant Bo1958 Fratse in die Vloot1952 Altyd in my Drome1957 Donker Afrika1961 Boerboel De Wet / Private Eye1962 Gevaarlike Spel / Dangerous Deals1962 Tom, Dirk en Herrie1962 Die Geheim van Onderplaas1969 Stadig oor die Klippe1975 Kniediep1974 Pens en Pootjies1976 Haak Vrystaat2004 Oh Shucks I’m Gatvol1981 Attie en Joos (Attie and Joos)1994 Guest artist on Noot vir Noot (music quiz programme on television)1996 First of the guest artists at Oudtshoorn1996 Release first CD – Ek lewe nog1996 Former Minister Hendrik Schoeman unveils a commemorative broach in honour of Debbo’s 50 years in the entertainment industry2003 Special honourary award in Rustenburg2005 SAMA lifetime award for contribution to South African music industry2007 Kyk Net honours Debbo with the documentary Koning van komedie (King of comedy)Jamie Uys, born , is undoubtedly one of South Africa's most successful and beloved film makers.1951 Daar Doer in die Bosveld1952 Vyftig / Fifty (aks Vyftig / Vyftig or 50/50)1954 Daar Doer in die Stad1955 Geld Soos Bossies1958 Die Bosvelder1959 Rip van Wyk1960 Hans en die Rooinek1961 Doodkry is Min1962 Lord Oom Piet1964 Dingaka1965 All the Way to Paris1969 Dirkie (aka Lost in the Desert)1974 Beautiful People (aka Animals are Beautiful People)1976 Funny People1980 The Gods Must be Crazy1983 Funny People II1989 The Gods Must be Crazy IIBorn shortly before the Great Depression, the would-be film maker grew up in an orphanage in Cape Town.
In the 1960s, Bill excelled at the sport and was crowned the Free State stockcar champion six times in a row.
In 1974, Boet produced a highly successful documentary with Jamie as writer, director and cinematographer.
The film took a number of years to complete, but their efforts were well awarded.
By 1952 he had been working for the National Theatre Organization for a number of years, and for Retief, life on the road was becoming difficult.
He found work at the radio service of the South African Broadcasting Corporation.Retief matriculated in 1943, and his first job was that of a messenger at the National Assembly.