Bumbling buddy cops

2013-05-09 00:00

VETERAN comedian Kagiso Lediga is very excited. Not only is his film, Blitz Patrollie, about to open in cinemas around South Africa, but he’s heard that it will be showcased at the Cannes Film Festival in France on May 17.

Lediga and fellow comedian David Kau, who plays Ace Dikolobe in the film, will attend the festival with producers Isaac Mogajane and John Volmik.

Speaking about Blitz Patrollie’s inclusion in the festival, which is attended by the world’s A-list movie stars, Lediga said: “I’m really hoping that international buyers will see the film, love it and buy it for their markets.”

The movie chronicles the adventures of two police officers — Dikolobe and Rummy Augustine, played by Joey Rasdien — who are stationed at the “Central” Police Station, the most chaotic police precinct in Johannesburg.

Augustine is bogged down with trying to start a family, and has to deal with a violent and abusive mother-in-law who just won’t move out. On the other hand, overzealous Dikolobe can think of nothing better to do than put on his “lucky” bulletproof vest and head out to do battle with criminals.

When these two officers accidentally stumble on a massive drug haul, they find themselves face to face with the city’s craftiest crooks, and in a race against time to catch the bad guys and claim their place in crime-fighting history.

Speaking about the film — which is directed by Andrew Wessels and also stars Chris Forrest, David Kibuuka, Tol A$$ Mo, Sans Moonsamy, Kaseran Pillay and the legendary Mel Miller — Lediga said: “I wanted to make a movie with mass market appeal.

“I looked at emerging markets like China, Africa and South America, and the most popular genre for films is action comedy — films like those made by Leon Schuster, which most South Africans love.

“And I’ve always loved buddy-cop movies, like Bad Boys, Rush Hour, Starsky and Hutch, 48 Hours. So I thought that the idea of bumbling cops would appeal to everyone, because wherever you live in South Africa you have to deal with the cops.”

Blitz Patrollie was given its first airing at last year’s Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), but Lediga admits that it was only about 75% to 80% finished.

“It went well though. We had two packed houses and people laughed like crazy, so I thought: ‘Ok, so it does work’. After DIFF, we spent a few months finishing the film off,” he said.

“It’s the first properly structured film that I’ve made. Before this film, I did The Pure Monate Show, which had a lot of sketch comedy in it, and a low-budget film, Bunny Chow, which was pretty much a DIY project that we were making up as we went along.

“With Blitz Patrollie, I initially thought I’d write the script and then give it to the performers to help style it, but it became bigger and bigger. So I had to make it more structured.

“At the cinema, you have all these movies to choose from and I want my film to be an awesome ride.

“I want people to be fully entertained for two hours.”

 

• Blitz Patrollie opens in cinemas nationwide on May 10.

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