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Noem My Skollie: A Film that Celebrates Human Triumph

Based on the true story of a young man in the 1960s who became a storyteller in jail, Noem My Skollie, is powerful and moving – a film that celebrates human triumph.

The proudly South African film, Noem My Skollie, opens at cinemas across South Africa on Friday, 2nd September 2016.

Daryne Joshua makes his directorial debut in this true life, big-screen cinematic experience that will keep viewers spellbound in a world that has never before been depicted in such an authentic way. The film is set on the Cape Flats and the Pollsmoor Prison and is based on the life of scriptwriter, John W. Fredericks. 

Noem My Skollie tells the story of four teenagers, AB (Austin Rose) and his three best friends Gimba (Ethan Patton), Gif (Joshua Vraagom) and Shorty (Valentino de Klerk) who grow up on the impoverished ganglands of the Cape Flats in the 1960s.

The film is beautifully shot with intricate attention to the detail and mood of the 1960s period and presents convincing performances from a host of celebrated South African actors and refreshing new talent.  Most importantly, the film is engaging and entertaining throughout and delivers a massive emotional impact.

Noem My Skollie
Noem My Skollie

Themes include friendship, betrayal, forgiveness, acceptance, the desire for a better life, hope and love. The title of the film plays on the old adage that one should not judge a book by its cover. It promotes the view that everyone has a gift even if sometimes hard to find and even if that gift comes at a price.  

Noem My Skollie will resonate with South African audiences who are able to confront the violent reality of the world and of the story. Audiences that are willing to celebrate the triumph of the human spirit as well. The film is produced by David Max Brown and Moshidi Motshegwa from Maxi-D Productions. The script is written in Afrikaans but presented with English sub-titles.

The powerful score was composed by internationally renowned Cape Town musician, Kyle Shepherd. He is also a winner of the Standard Bank young artist of the year award in 2014.

The cast also includes, amongst others:

  • Christian Bennett
  • Gershwin Mias
  • Oscar Peterson
  • Abdu Adams
  • Peter Butler
  • Charlton George
  • Jill Levenberg
  • Denise Newman
  • Sandi Schultz
  • Andre Roothman
  • Paul du Toit and
  • Irshaad Ally

Newcomer, David Manuel delivers a stellar performance as the jail-boss as well and was still serving his parole during production.

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