Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Local Film : Noem My Skollie

I watched the preview of an incredibly dramatic Afrikaans movie on Monday 29 August at Ster Kinekor Cinema Nouveau at Gateway Theatre of Shopping.

I love watching Afrikaans movies as I think that it is such an emotive language and we have such talented actors in South Africa. My daughter and I love to go and watch together or we take out the DVD from Blockbusters to watch at home. Many times we laugh ourselves silly and find ourselves reaching for the tissues.

With Noem My Skollie (Call Me Thief) I found myself sitting at the edge of my seat and hoping in a lot of the parts that things would not turn out as they did. It is not a movie that I would take my daughter to, as I would dearly love to wrap her up in cottonwool so she didn't know of the awful things that can happen in this world of ours. Suppose it is rather silly of me as the kids and teenagers of today are so connected to the world through social media.

From the beginning until I reached for the tissues at the end, Noem My Skollie portrayed the harsh realities of life of the gangs and the horror of prison. But it also showed that even if you have made a complete mess of your life you are able to change.

At the bottom of the post are the list of cinemas showing the movie. Support our local movie industry and go and watch, and you cannot make the excuse of not understanding Afrikaans as there are English sub-titles.

South African cinema audiences can look forward to the release of Daryne Joshua’s directorial debut, Noem My Skollie, which releases countrywide on Friday 2nd September 2016.

The film, set on the Cape Flats and in Pollsmoor prison 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 Cape Flats in the 1960s.

Despite their circumstances, the children try to avoid the gangsters who infiltrate their daily lives but when AB goes through a traumatic experience they decide to form a gang to protect themselves. 

The four friends, now like brothers, do not commit serious crimes, but the police keep a close watch on them as they grow from teenagers into popular young men. Eventually the now older AB (Dann-Jacques Mouton) and Gimba (Gantane Kusch) are arrested whilst breaking into a shop and sentenced to two years in jail.

It is here, in the vicious world of prison, that AB decides to use his storytelling talent to entertain the hardened prisoners and raise his status whilst his friend, Gimba engages on a very different path to ensure his own safety…     

When AB is released from prison he picks up on the relationship with his beautiful childhood sweetheart, Jenny (Tarryn Wyngaard) and so tries to focus on writing his stories to impress her, but his gang friends persuade him to join them one last time, a decision that leads to shocking consequences for all of them.  

Noem My Skollie is a true 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 beautifully shot with intricate attention to the detail and mood of the 1960’s 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 delivers on the themes of 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 and promotes the view that everyone has a gift even if sometimes hard to find and even if that gift comes at a price.  

John W. Fredericks, left school as a teenager and spent many years of his youth in jail and yet he has managed in his sixties to write a major world-class screenplay.

This film will resonate with all South African audiences but particularly those who are able to confront the violent reality of the world of the story and are willing to celebrate the triumph of the human spirit.
The entire script is written in Afrikaans but the film is presented with English sub-titles.

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

The cast also comprises, among 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 and a stellar performance by newcomer David Manuel who plays the jail-boss and who was still serving his parole whilst the film was being made.

Noem My Skollie was produced by David Max Brown and Moshidi Motshegwa (Maxi-D Productions) in association with M-Net, kykNET the NFVF and the DTI and distributed by Ster Kinekor Entertainment. 


Cinema List

The Bridge (PE)
Tygervalley (Cape Town)
Somerset Mall
V & A Waterfront Nouveau (Cape Town)
Promenade Mall (Cape Town)
Garden Route Mall (George)
Mimosa Mall (Bloemfontein)
Gateway (Durban)
MooiRivier (Potchefstroom)
Sterland (Pretoria)
Brooklyn Nouveau (Pretoria)
Kolonnade (Pretoria)
Irene Mall
Rosebank Nouveau (Joburg)
Cresta (Joburg)
Eastgate (Joburg)
Riversquare (Vereeniging)

Canal Walk (Cape Town)
Walmer (PE)
Woodlands (Pretoria)

Labia (Cape Town)
Minimax (Paarl)


  1. I never watch South African made movies.anymore.They lack integrity and are too low budget. Skollie means gangster. Why ih wht are currd alwsys depicted in films as scum when tbere are so many fine examples in this country of thr coloured population? There already was an afrikaans film made about gangs in our prisons. It was called vyfster.

  2. I am very sad that you didn't give this fabulous movie a chance. It's a movie of triumph over hardship and the acting is superb. The movie has also been entered for the Oscars and I really hope that it gets chosen. The more support we give our local films, the better they will get.