Our local South African movies aren’t given enough credit. We have a very impressive range of movies, from early productions dating back to the early 1900s to today. Why not relax, curl up on your couch and indulge in South Africa’s talent-filled cinema. Here are a few local movies we think you’ll enjoy:
#1. Jimmy in Pienk (2013)
Genre: comedy, romance
Starring: Louw Venter, Terence Bridgett, Gys de Villiers
Director: Hanneke Schutte
Writers: Hanneke Schutte (screenplay), Hanneke Schutte
Jimmy in Pienk is a funny, charming Afrikaans film about a conservative corn farmer, Jimmy, who is offered a way to save his farm from bankruptcy. Jimmy’s gay uncle, who is a multi-billionaire, offers him a way to save his farm from bankruptcy; however, he must set out to master the art of hairdressing and embracing metro-sexuality.
#2. The Long Run (2001)
Starring: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Nthati Moshesh, Paterson Joseph
Director: Jean Stewart
Writer: Johann Potgieter
This movie is about a failed track coach who helps a Namibian female runner realise she has what it takes to take on the Comrades Ultra-marathon, one of South Africa’s most famous annual races, and become a champion.
#3. Happiness is a Four-Letter Word (2016)
Starring: Stevel Marc, Chris Attoh, Terence Bridgett
Director: Thabang Moleya
Writer: Busisiwe Ntintili
This a heart-warming romantic drama is about three friends in search of happiness, success and love in Johannesburg. The movie is based on an award-winning novel by Cynthia Jele.
#4. Lucky (2011)
Starring: Sihle Dlamini, Jayashree Basavaraj, James Ngcobo
Director: Avie Luthra
Writers: Avie Luthra (story), Avie Luthra (screenplay)
The touching South African film is about a ten-year-old orphan, Lucky, who leaves his village in KwaZulu Natal and heads to Johannesburg. To his dismay, the big city is a cruel place; however, he meets an old Indian woman who helps him.
#5. Hear Me Move (2014)
Starring: Nyaniso Dzedze, Mbuso Kgarebe, Wandile Molebatsi
Director: Scottnes L. Smith
Writer: Fidel Namisi
The film brings together the contemporary SA dance culture (pantsula dance) and a touching storyline. Muzi, the son of a famous street dancer, is in search of the truth behind his father’s tragic death but finds a lot more than he bargains for.
#6. Tsotsi (2005)
Genre: crime, drama
Starring: Presley Chweneyagae, Mothusi Magano, Israel Makoe
Director: Gavin Hood
Writers: Gavin Hood, Athol Fugard (novel)
Adapted from the novel Tsotsi, by Athol Fugard, the film, set in Soweto, the Johannesburg township, shows the six-day journey of a gang leader who cares for a baby that is mistakenly kidnapped during a carjacking.
Which SA movie is your favourite? Drop us a comment.
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