SHOW: BLITZ PATROLLIE
In a little known police depot in the belly of the JHB CBD, officer Rummeck “Rummy” Augustine (Joey Rasdien) is stationed, a married man whose life has been taken over by the brutal beatings he receives from his physically abusive, evil mother-in-law and the ranting of his delinquent pot-smoking brother–in–law; both of whom have invaded his household.
His partner on the contrary is the most upbeat guy in the world. The overzealous Ace Dikolobe (David Kau) can think of nothing better to do in the morning than to put on his “lucky” bulletproof vest and head out to kick some bad guy ass. The precinct is populated by the constantly stressed out Captain Lapies Botha (Mel Miller), the loud and cantankerous constable Lucas Ledwaba (Kagiso Lediga), the overworked forensic guy, Sam Huckle; and the only members of the station’s ambitious Sniper Development Program, Braam Moerdyk (Chris Forrest) and Jack Makweru (David Kibuuka), who could possibly get around to shooting some bad guys if they were not always at each other’s throats.
Whilst in a poor white neighbourhood, Rummy and Ace and their inept sniper colleagues accidentally stumble upon a massive drug haul. But the haul gets stolen from right under their noses. The prime suspects in the missing drug saga are the infamously lecherous Naidoo brothers. Seemingly double-crossed, the Naidoos are also scouring the city for the missing drugs. In the media the story of the day is the ongoing corruption trial of South Africa’s populist Minister of Foreign Affairs, Midas Mdlalose. Midas’ ambitions for high office and his mounting legal fees have seen him involved with seedy characters like the philanthropic, but ultra shady Moshe Guggenheim, whose body suddenly pops up amongst numerous others found around the city with gaping wounds to the head. The smug forensic pathologist deduces the wounds to be from bricks thrown with a mighty force and extreme accuracy by a mysterious serial assassin…
Lambasted by their Captain and ordered to stay off the drug case and further humiliated by the arrival of members of the Elite Crimes Unit, a special task force of ultra sophisticated, suit wearing super cops who drink cranberry juice and bake each other cookies as a show of camaraderie. While forbidden to do so by their captain, Rummy, Ace and their colleagues are forced to embark on a drive to clean up the station’s image with the public. What follows is a series of terrible blunders that land them in a worse position than before.
Interview with KAGISO LEDIGA, ‘Lucas Ledwaba’ and writer of ‘Blitzpatrollie’
How long has it taken to get the film made?
The writing process started about four years ago when the idea came to me, and I started writing the movie.
So why a film about the SAPS?
Well, there are so many funny characters in the SAPS and I thought a police movie set in Joburg as a genre of comedy would be great. Making a movie about working class heroes like our police, because you would see American movies or press release detectives that are very sophisticated but our reality here is that police are our guys in blue and are pretty simple. They always have such a bad rep. These are also characters that are shared by every South African. I thought that putting a movie together that will show the good side of the police and give them a chance to shine was a good one.
Tell us about ‘Lucas Ledwaba’.
When I was writing the script I always saw this role for myself, because he is a sort of cantankerous old guy” but he is not old, he’s my age I guess. He’s sort of a snitch. He is always trying to impress the big boss and he aspires to be the captain and I think in his delusional state he actually thinks he is the Captain. He’s a bit of a douche bag and a bit of a d**k as well. He is one of those guys that pokes fun at people and he’s like a pan pusher, he doesn’t really go out of the station and he doesn’t really see any action – he is always behind the desk and I think he’s quite a jealous character. He’s that kind of a guy. When the ACF comes to take over the investigation he tries to please them as well….he is a douche.
Tell us about working with comedians versus actors
Working with comedians there is a lot of ‘improv’ that they come up with stuff on the fly; they bring their own flavour to the character and for this type of story, for this type of thing I think it was well- suited for comedians because that’s what it requires and it’s kind of like big and crazy, but also its set in a real world. For a comedy I’d definitely work with comedians mixed with like actor-proofing, you know like traditional classically-trained actors, because I think it creates the real and the surreal and the madness all in one. Most of the comedians we worked with, like Joey Rasdien, have done some acting anyway so they knew the drill.
CAST: CHRIS FOREST, DAVID KAU, KAGISO LEDIGA, JOEY RASDIEN, SANTHIRAN MOONSAMY, TRACEY-LEE OLIVER, DAVID KIBUUKA, CHRIS FORREST
DIRECTOR: ANDREW WESSELS
When India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) loses her beloved father and best friend Richard (Dermot Mulroney) in a tragic auto accident on her 18th birthday, her quiet life on the family’s secluded estate is suddenly shattered. Exquisitely sensitive, India’s exhibits an impassive demeanor which masks the deep feelings and heightened senses that only her father understood.
Thus acclaimed Korean filmmaker Park Chan-Wook’s (‘Oldboy’, ‘Lady Vengeance’, ‘Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance’) first English-language psychological thriller ‘Stoker’ comes to life.
India finds herself drawn to her father’s long-lost brother, Charlie (Matthew Goode), who unexpectedly arrives for the funeral and decides to stay on with her and her emotionally unstable mother, Evie (Nicole Kidman). While India initially mistrusts her charming but mysterious uncle, he fascinates her as well, and she begins to realize how much they have in common.
As Charlie reveals himself to her little by little, India becomes increasingly infatuated with her charismatic relative and comes to realize that his arrival is no coincidence. With her uncle to guide her, she is about to fulfil her unusual destiny.
CAST: MIA WASIKOWSKA, MATTHEW GOODE, DERMOT MULRONEY, JACKI WEAVER, NICOLE KIDMAN, PHYLLIS SOMERVILLE, ALDEN EHRENREICH, LUCAS TILL, RALPH BROWN, JUDITH GODRÈCHE
DIRECTOR: PARK CHAN-WOOK