The much anticipated local film, Five Fingers for Marseilles released in South Africa last week and reportedly sold more than R500 000 tickets in its first week.
The movie stars some of the South African favourite actors like Vuyo Dabula, known for his role as Kumkani on Generations The Legacy, Hamilton Dhlamini, Kenneth Nkosi, Warren Masemola, Dean Fourie, Anthony Oseyemi, and Jerry Mofokeng.
702 host Azania Mosaka spoke to writer Sean Drummond and director Michael Matthew.
We've been trying for a long time to get some grand South African genre film into cinemas and we wanted to make the kinds of films we would watch.— Sean Drummond, film writer
According to Drummond, they traveled South Africa looking for places where they could shoot good movies and covered over 800 00km until they ended up in Lady Grey in the Eastern Cape.
He says they were fascinated by the sights in the small town of Lady Grey, the mountains, stories told by locals and the history of the place.
They stayed over for about a month living among the local people and listening to the stories.
Some of the stories we heard were almost too brutal to put on the screens. We wanted the film to draw from history, but we wanted our story to be completely fictional, we didn't want to base it on any real characters.— Sean Drummond, movie writer
There was also a feeling of postcolonial-like towns like Paris, Rome and Barcelona and they're kind of dying over time and thought they might blossom - but they haven't and they displace people. So the small townships around, sort of become the new towns.— Michael Matthew, Movie director
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