‘iNumber Number’, the South African thriller written and directed by Donovan Marsh, has won the coveted Audience Choice Award at the third annual Jozi Film Festival. The festival winners were announced 23 February at an Awards ceremony held at The Rand Club in Johannesburg. The film opens in cinemas nationwide on 25 April 2014.
“Now a regular on the annual film festival calendar, the Jozi Film Festival showcases the latest films made by South African and international filmmakers,” says film director Marsh. “It highlights the best in filmmaking across a number of categories. To win the critically important Audience Choice Award is a fantastic achievement and we are very proud. We believe it’s an indication of the quality of the film and the outstanding performances of the actors.”
Helen Kuun,CEO of Indigenous Film Distribution, which is distributing ‘iNumber Number’ in South Africa, agrees. “Audience choice awards are particularly special and gratifying because they’re voted on by cinema’s biggest cheerleaders: the audience. The win highlights the fact that ‘iNumber Number’ is a high-energy crowd pleaser.”
‘iNumber Number’ follows an honest undercover cop who,after being cheated out of a promotion, crosses over to become a part of a cash-in-transit heist gang. The film, which stars S’dumo Mtshali and Presley Chweneyagae, had its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival in September 2013. It was produced by Marsh, Quizzical Pictures’ Harriet Gavshon, JP Potgieter and Mariki van der Walt, and executive produced by Nim Geva and Owen Kessel.
An action-packed movie, ‘iNumber Number’ is about a pair of cops battling corrupt colleagues as well as a gang of armoured-car thieves.Chili (S’dumo Mtshali, winner of ‘Class Act’ in 2010), and Shoes (Presley Chweneyagae of ‘Tsotsi’ and ‘State of Violence’ fame) have been partners in the police force for eight years. After they make a risky arrest, their corrupt superior refuses to give them the reward they are due. Enraged, Chili realises that honesty does not pay and sets about infiltrating a gang of armoured car thieves. His scheme goes awry when the gang discover his true identity. They take Shoes hostage and go through with the heist. Lured by the potential loot,but finding himself in the midst of a killing spree, Chili has to shake off his rage and cynicism to do the right thing. The film boasts an oddball cast that brings comic relief to the ruthless thuggery.
‘iNumber Number’ is South African director Donovan Marsh’s fourth film. An award-winning director, writer and editor, Marsh has worked in the local film industry since 1992. He wrote and directed the feature films ‘Dollars and White Pipes’, ‘Spud’ and ‘Spud 2: The Madness Continues’.
Prior to its general release, the film will also be screened on the night of Wednesday 5 March at Atlas Studios in Milpark, as part of the First Wednesday Film Club. This is a monthly movie event for Johannesburg film lovers, which is followed by vibrant and interesting discussions and Q&A sessions with attending filmmakers.