Local film news

2011-03-03 12:06

Mookgopong in Limpopo might not see as much action as it’d like, but on Saturday – 18 months after they left – the cast and crew of Paradise Stop will be back to say thank you.

Paradise Stop is Kenneth Nkosi and Rapulana Seiphemo’s new film, which they hope local audiences will embrace like they did White Wedding.

It is a crime caper about an honest, hard-working cop with a discontented wife and a suspicion that his best friend might be behind a series of hijackings.

Director Jann Turner says they filmed Paradise Stop in a month and that between the crew and the willing locals they managed to fill all the slots for extras.

She says the nicest thing about shooting in a small town is that the local residents are enthusiastic and interested, which is why they are holding a special free screening of the film for those who made the film happen in Mookgopong.

Funny and entertaining, Paradise Stop is further proof of the South African film industry’s coming-of-age as it stops preaching to the audience and starts dishing up good entertainment instead.

Also, on Friday South Africa’s first homegrown slasher flick, Night Drive, opens. The film caused a stir recently when it was revealed that the controversial fliers offering body parts for sale was a publicity stunt.

The campaign was touch-and-go, offending as many people as it impressed, but it had the desired effect – growing awareness around the release of the film.

» Night Drive opens on Friday, March 4 and Paradise Stop opens on screens countrywide on March 25.

» The Mookgopong screening takes place at on Saturday, March 5 at 5pm at Naboomspruit Golf Club, Nelson Mandela Drive.

Entrance is free. 

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