Searing political thriller Death of a Whistleblower to open Joburg International Film Festival

The Ian Gabriel-helmed political thriller, Death of a Whistleblower, will be the prestigious opening night African Premiere at the Multichoice Joburg International Film Festival’s weeklong line up of new South African and International films.

Emma Louw ‘Inez Robertson’ runs from Roodeplaat Military Barracks

Written by Ian Gabriel (Runs in the Family, Four Corners), Marius Scholtz, and Louis Viljoen, Death of a Whistleblower is a high-energy contemporary thriller that highlights the devastating risks faced by whistleblowers in South Africa. The film is produced by Tshepiso Phiri of Known Associates Entertainment and Evod in association with Amazon Studios.

When investigative journalist Luyanda Masinda narrowly survives the assassination of her whistleblower lover, she joins forces with his inside man Albert to expose the deep-rooted state capture of military assets by a corrupt and powerful South African security group expanding and promoting warfare in Africa and beyond.

Luyanda ‘Noxolo Dlamini’ is close to uncovering the truth

Luyanda ‘Noxolo Dlamini’ is close to uncovering the truth

Inspired by the recent stories of real South Africa’s whistleblowers, the filmmakers have chosen the path of a fictional thriller to highlight the challenges and dangers faced by local whistleblowers over the past 25 years. “One cannot overestimate the courage of those who have risked life and limb to expose the corruption that pervades our society,” says Ian Gabriel. “The film is a homage to the few brave and principled truth tellers and journalists who continue to battle for the right to reveal truth in an age of unprecedented, manufactured reality.”

Death of a Whistleblower had its world premiere at the recent Toronto International Film Festival where the programme note had this to say:
Noxolo Dlamini delivers a potent performance with flawless command. Gabriel’’s eye stays true to his trenchant study of his country’s evolving post-apartheid journey. Death of a Whistleblower offers a kinetic and provocative plunge into South Africa’s struggle over state capture and the sheer power of principled speech.

The Tracker ‘Anthony Osiyemi’ moves in for the kill. Luyanda Masinda ‘Noxolo Dlamini’ is in his sights

The Tracker ‘Anthony Osiyemi’ moves in for the kill. Luyanda Masinda ‘Noxolo Dlamini’ is in his sights

The film stars 2023 SAFTA Best Actress Noxolo Dlamini (Jozi Gold, Silverton Siege) and Irshaad Ally (Suidooster, Four Corners), Sthandiwe Kgoroge (Shaka iLembe, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) and Deon Coetzee (Silverton Siege).

The South African premiere at the Jo’burg Film Festival will take place on the evening of 28 February, with a simultaneous streaming release on Amazon Prime

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