WATCH: Gripping new film explores life in the Cape Flats in the 1960s

Dann-Jacques Mouton (AB) in a scene in Noem My Skollie. (Photo credit: Lindsey Apollis)
Dann-Jacques Mouton (AB) in a scene in Noem My Skollie. (Photo credit: Lindsey Apollis)

Cape Town - The official trailer for the pioneering new film that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit and is based on the true story of a young man in the 1960’s who became a storyteller in jail has just been released.

Daryne Joshua’s directorial debut, Noem My Skollie,  is set on the Cape Flats and in Pollsmoor prison and based on the life of scriptwriter John W. Fredericks.  

It tells the story of four teenagers, AB (Austin Rose) and his three best friends Gimba (Ethan Patton), Gif (Joshua Vraagom) and Shorty (Valentino de Klerk) who grow up on the impoverished ganglands of Cape Flats in the 1960s. 

Despite their circumstances, the children try to avoid the gangsters who infiltrate their daily lives but when AB goes through a traumatic experience they decide to form a gang to protect themselves.  

The four friends, now like brothers, do not commit serious crimes, but the police keep a close watch on them as they grow from teenagers into popular young men. Eventually the now older AB (Dann-jacques Mouton) and Gimba (Gantane Kusch) are arrested whilst breaking into a shop and sentenced to two years in jail.

It is here, in the vicious world of prison, that AB decides to use his storytelling talent to entertain the hardened prisoners and raise his status whilst his friend, Gimba engages on a very different path to ensure his own safety.

Watch the trailer here:

The film hits cinemas nationwide on Friday, 2 September.