Blitz Patrollie – New local action comedy in production

The new action comedy, Blitz Patrollie written by Kagiso Lediga, produced by Diprente Films, and directed by Andrew Wessels started shooting in Johannesburg on Friday 09th of September 2011. 

The  film  chronicles the  adventures  of  Rummy  Augustine (Joey Rasdien)  and  his partner,  Ace  Dikolobe (David  Kau),  police  officers who  have  had  the  misfortune  of being stationed in a little known depot in the belly of the Johannesburg CBD. Rummy is bogged down with trying to start a family and an overbearing mother-­‐in-­‐law who just won’t move out. The overzealous Ace, on the other hand, 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.

Whilst in a poor white neighborhood trying to solve yet another small-­ time  crime, Rummy and Ace and their inept sniper colleagues accidentally stumble upon what is believed to be South Africa’s biggest drug haul in recent history. What ensues is a series of mishaps as the duo encounter some of the city’s craftiest crooks in a race against time to catch the bad guys and claim their place in crime fighting glory.

The supporting cast includes stand-­‐up comics Chris Forrest, David Kibuuka and Ronni Modimola as  well as  seasoned  screen  and  stage actors  such  as  Craig Urbani (Isidingo), Kid Sithole (Soweto Green, Hotel Rwanda), June van Merch and Tracey-­‐lee Oliver (Dream Girls SA).

The  script  was  conceived out  of  the  writer’s passion for  stories  that  resonate  with  a young  and  vibrant South  Africa  with  a  penchant  for comedy  -­‐  an  audience  Lediga  is familiar with both on stage and on the small screen.

Blitz Patrollie pays homage to Johannesburg, an African economic and cultural giant, and  is  shot  on  location in  the  lush Northern Suburbs, the  gritty  streets  of  the  CBD, the  familiar township  landscape  and  everywhere  inbetween.  The  city  and  its  many contradictions are at the very core of the film’s narrative.

Blitz Patrollie is the first feature film to come out of Diprente Films. The producers are excited about the quality of talent both in front of and behind the camera and envision that the film will be an impressive and memorable contribution to the growing South African film landscape.

“The NFVF is excited to embark on the Blitz Patrollie trail. Choosing this project as our next distribution project has been influenced by the strength of the production team, the cast and indeed the entire machine that has come together to make this project possible,” says Thandeka Zwana NFVF Production and Development Executive.

Blitz Patrollie will be distributed by the National Film and Video Foundation and is scheduled for release in South Africa in 2012. A Diprente Films Production.

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