On March 11, the South African filmic scene will add a potential classic to its repertoire of cinematic productions with the nationwide release of ‘Safe Bet’. The film, which stars Wandile Molebatsi, Luthuli Dlamini, Godfrey Thobejane and features surprise guest appearances from the likes of David Kau and Metro FM’s top DJ, T-Bo Touch has already scooped numerous awards on the festival circuit, having garnered wins at the Global Independent Film Awards, Silicon Valley African Film Festival, Bronzelens Film Festival, The Film Awards and the Queen City Film Festival.
The action comedy arrives at a time when the local film industry is going through a transformation in terms of the nature of the stories currently being doled out to the public. The appetite for imaginative story telling that illustrates the diverse nature of our lives has never been this great.
The cast brings to life the story of a down and out do-gooder Frank (Molebatsi) who is swayed to take the easy way out by investing in a fixed boxing match, the twist being that he uses his boss’s funds – which he must return before it’s too late. Molebatsi is complimented by Godfrey Thobejane, who plays his hapless and none the wiser best friend, Khaya. With Khaya being the mastermind in every endeavour to secure funds, the film’s comedic recipe is set in motion and leads to an encounter with the villain of the piece, called Doc, played by Luthuli Dlamini.
Doc is primed to be a classic SA villain, with Dlamini executing an outré English accent as a learned thug with crisp comedic timing. Stand-up comedian David Kau also makes a appearance as an odd of putting assassin.
“I never doubted Luthuli as the perfect fit for the role of Doc; he has a certain machismo that goes with him,” says the film’s director and producer, Bonginhlanhla ‘Mr. B’ Ncube.
“He pulled off an amazing accent that spiced up his dialogue delivery. I think he is worth watching over and over again. The same goes for Wandile Molebatsi and the amazing cast that we worked with on this film.”
There are elements of the caper style of filmmaking as popularized by Guy Ritchie in the film, blended in with home grown humour and ekasi sentiment.
The film also stars well revered South African thespians, Jerry Mofokeng and Nandi Nyembe. Zintle Ncipa and Palesa Mofokeng star as treacherous dames, Makena and Lucy.
* The film opens at Ster Kinekor Theatres nationwide on March 11.
For more information and bookings, visit www.sterkinekor.com. Visit the film page at www.safebetfilm.com and follow @SafeBetFilm on social media networks to stay updated.