SA’s favourite prankster, Leon Schuster, together with Producer Andre Scholtz and Director Gray Hofmeyr have announced that principal photography on their latest top-secret cinematic outing, ‘Schuks! Your Country Needs You’, has wrapped.
The candid camera comedy co-stars long-time Schuster collaborator Alfred ‘Shorty’ Ntombela, stage and screen comic icon Rob van Vuuren as well as newcomer Laré Birk and is due to hit cinemas nationwide on Friday November 29.
Returning to his hidden camera formula for the first time since the box-office smash-hit ‘Schuks Tshabalala’, Schuster is sure that ‘Schuks! Your Country Needs You’ will resonate with the South African audiences. “I am especially excited to deliver some much-needed laughter to South African audiences,” he says. “We’re about as culturally diverse as a country can be, but we all share a common sense of humour – and if making people laugh means I need to get ‘klapped’ a few times, it’s worth it!” he says.
Gray Hofmeyr helms the production as Director and co-writer for this eighth Schuster film. “I am thrilled to be working with Leon and Andre again on ‘Schuks! Your Country Needs You’. Although audiences are familiar with the laugh-a-minute format of past prank-filled Schuster films, we can guarantee that this one has more, bigger and better pranks than we ever dared pull off before!”
Iconic South African Film Producer Andre Scholtz takes the helm of the production, having worked with Schuster on such legendary films as ‘You Must Be Joking!’, ‘Panic Mechanic’, ‘Sweet ‘n Short’ and ‘Oh Schuks…I’m Gatvol’. Scholtz says that ‘Schuks! Your Country Needs You’ sees Schuster returning to his roots as South Africa’s foremost prankster and funny-guy. “Families will be rolling in the aisles as Leon, Rob, Alfie and Lare (and their unsuspecting targets) find themselves in some challenging – and hilarious – situations,” he says.
‘Schuks! Your Country Needs You’ will be distributed by The Walt Disney Company Africa under the Touchstone Pictures banner.