I’m really appreciating the wave of black South African *genre* films we’ve seen in recent years, from “How To Steal 2 Million,” to today’s feature, “Cold Harbour,” and everything we’ve covered between the two.
Previously titled “Black South-Easter,” “Cold Harbour” is a South African crime thriller starring Tony Kgoroge, Fana Mokoena (maybe the most recognizable to USA audiences), Yu Nan, Deon Lotz, Thomas Gumede and Zolani Mahola, directed by Carey McKenzie and produced by Tendeka Matatu.
The film opens with the mutilated body of a Chinese man that washes up on a Cape Town beach. For township cop Sizwe Miya (played by Kgoroge), this is an opportunity to prove himself and earn the promotion he desperately needs. His boss and mentor, Venske (Lotz), gives Sizwe the case but assigns a rookie cop, Legama (Gumede), to keep an eye on him. Sizwe discovers that the homicide is linked to the Chinese mafia who are smuggling goods into Cape Town. Set in a murky moral underworld where self-interest and corruption have overtaken loyalty and honor, integrity demands that Sizwe take the law into his own hands, working for a police department that will sell itself to the highest bidder.
It’s been a long road for the project, which was part of the Berlinale Talent Project Market in 2008, when I first learned about it, and have been following since.
The film has already screened theatrically in South Africa (after touring a few international film festivals). It has yet to travel west, and play for American audiences, although I’ve been told it’s available on DVD, but, again, not in the USA. If you’re lucky enough to have one of those multi-region DVD players, then you’re in luck. If not, it may be some time before the film hits Stateside shores. But I’ve contacted the filmmakers for any information they can provide on a release in the USA (outside of South Africa, really).
Check out the good-looking trailer below, and stay tuned for updates on the film’s availability: