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.