‘iNumber Number’, the South African thriller written and directed by Donovan Marsh, opens in cinemas nationwide on 25 April 2014. Starring opposite lead S’dumo Mtshali in the role of honest undercover cop Chili, are popular actors Presley Chweneyagae and Hlubi Moya.
Presley takes on the role of Sello ‘Shoes’ Moshoeshoe. 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 and Shoes 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 reluctantly sets about infiltrating a gang of armoured car thieves.
“A must-see for action fans, the film has all the tension, double crossing, gunfire, and explosions that a heist film should have, as well some great humour and outstanding cinematography,” says producer Harriet Gavshon.“It provides an excellent platform for Presley’s performance as Chili’s somewhat reluctant sidekick who is also trying to raise a family.”
Presley is a young man with a big talent. He has performed in numerous theatre productions and in 2005, he landed the lead role in Gavin Hood’s film adaptation of Athol Fugard’s ‘Tsotsi’ , which went on to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, as well as the Best Actor Award at the Bangkok Film Festival in 2006. Presley co-wrote the stage play‘Relativity’ (with Paul Grootboom) which scooped a Herald Angel Award at the 2006 Edinburgh Festival. He has since starred in the feature films ‘More Than Just a Game’ (2007), Africa United (2010) and the potent drama ‘State of Violence’(2010), about a South African corporate leader whose past as a violent revolutionary comes back to threaten him.
Hlubi is the female lead in the film and takes on the role of Gugu, Shoes’ long suffering wife. Hlubi is best known for her role as the HIV positive Nandipha Sithole in the television soapie ‘Isidingo’. This role enabled travel throughout Africa to places such as Tanzania and Zambia as an HIV/AIDS ambassador. She has graced the covers of most of the top magazines in South Africa. She made her film acting debut in the 2006 short film ‘Shogun Khumalo Is Dying!’ She was one of the 10 celebrity contestants in the fifth season of SABC2’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ reality competition and later starred in ‘Howto Steal 2 Million’ (2011).
“Hlubi and Presley give great performances in what is a hard-core,roller-coaster of a film,” says Helen Kuun, CEO of Indigenous Film Distribution, which is distributing ‘iNumber Number’ in South Africa. “It’s a film packed with performances that focus on character development, and it’s amazing to watch how they contribute to the rising tension that leads to the inevitable conclusion.”
‘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’.
The film had its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival in September 2013. Los Angeles-based production and distribution company Wrekin Hill Entertainment has acquired the North American rights to ‘iNumber Number’and is looking toward a US nationwide theatrical release of the film in the spring of 2014. In addition, Universal Pictures optioned the remake rights to ‘iNumber Number’ at the end of last year,
iNumber Number was produced by Marsh, Quizzical Pictures’ Harriet Gavshon, JP Potgieter and Mariki van der Walt, and executive produced by Nim Geva and Owen Kessel.
Catch the trailer for the film here: