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SILVERTON SEIGE

GENRE : ACTION/THRILLER

LOGLINE:
In 1980, when a high profile sabotage mission goes wrong, Calvin Khumalo and his operatives are cornered by the police and forced into a bank full of civilians. Their demands are clear and unwavering. FREE NELSON MANDELA in exchange for the hostages. The clock is ticking.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS:
The year is 1980, South Africa. Three young freedom fighters from the are en route on a sabotage mission to blow up the Watloo petrol depot as a sign of resistance to the apartheid government. Along the way they realise they’re being tailed and a hot pursuit ensues leading the trio into a bank in downtown Silverton. With 20 hostages inside, Calvin uses the cards he is dealt with and attempts the biggest political move in South African history. He demands the release of Nelson Mandela in exchange for the hostages and surrender. (In Pre- Production, needs International distribution.
All rights available)

YASUKE – LEGEND OF A AFRICAN SAMURAI

GENRE : ACTION/ADVENTURE
FORMAT: FEATURE FILM 120mins


LOGLINE:
A African warrior is taken captive by a Portuguese Jesuit priest to Japan where he battles to regain his stolen freedom and inner peace by helping unify Japan and becoming the first black Samurai.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS:
Yasuke - Africa’s most fierce warrior in the 15th century is taken captive by Portuguese Zealots after his Mother is killed. Yasuke is taken to Japan where his fighting skills catapult him into something of a local legend. The legendary shogun ODA Nobunaga hears of this mythological black skinned character and demands to meet him. This is where Oda and Yasuke form a close friendship and Yasuke is eventually given the honorary title of a Samurai. The First black Samurai. Yasuke ends up learning the Japanese way of life and also instilling the African culture to the Japanese. Yasuke sets himself on a quest to help unify Japan and thereafter to return home to Africa.
But life isn’t that simple. Yasuke falls in love and has a child with the love of his life. Oda dies in as a result of war and Yasuke becomes a wanted man, and is ronin. (Script available. All international rights available seeking finance and distribution)

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RIVONIA TRIAL

GENRE: DRAMA
FORMAT: SERIES TWO SEASONS 1 HOUR X 20 EPS


BRIEF SYNOPSIS:
On July 11th, 1963 the South African police raided the headquarters of MK, at Liliesleaf Farm in Johannesburg. Prominent leaders of the African National Congress (ANC), notably Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada, Denis Goldberg, Andrew Mlangeni, Govan Mbeki, James Kantor, Elias Motsoaledi, Raymond Mahlaba, and Lionel Bernstien are all arrested. Their detainment, arrests the progress that the liberation movement had attained. The collective are accused of sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the state, broadly speaking Treason. This bold accusation results in the group facing being hung at the gallows.

The site of their pending death is in Pretoria then known as the ‘Theatre of War’. This 20 episode Court room drama is told through the eyes of the spouses of the Liberation struggle.These were the women that were at the forefront of campaigning for their freedom, built a women’s movement and aggressively fought the Apartheid regime. The series will be seen through their eyes, namely that of Amina Cachalia, Winnie Mandela and Albertina Sisulu and Hilda Bernstein. In season on we deal with the trial and season two focusses on the imprisonment period on Robben Island leading up to the early 1990s release of the political prisoners. (In development)

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TITLE: SILVERTON SIEGE
GENRE: ACTION/THRILLER

LOGLINE:
In 1980, when a high profile sabotage mission goes wrong, Calvin Khumalo and his operatives are cornered by the police and forced into a bank full of civilians. Their demands are clear and unwavering. FREE NELSON MANDELA in exchange for the hostages. The clock is ticking.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS:
The year is 1980, South Africa. Three young freedom fighters from the are en route on a sabotage mission to blow up the Watloo petrol depot as a sign of resistance to the apartheid government. Along the way they realise they’re being tailed and a hot pursuit ensues leading the trio into a bank in downtown Silverton. With 20 hostages inside, Calvin uses the cards he is dealt with and attempts the biggest political move in South African history. He demands the release of Nelson Mandela in exchange for the hostages and surrender. (In Pre- Production, needs International distribution. All rights available) 

OFF THE RECORD

GENRE : CRIME/DRAMA
FORMAT: SERIES THREE SEASONS, 1HOUR X 13 EPS

LOGLINE:

A nationwide search for a young escort ensues after she witnesses the murder of the President. Very soon a web of secrets and lies unravels placing the most powerful families in South Africa under a microscope of judgement. Beyond CRIME, POLITICS and CORRUPTION lies a dark truth. (Series bible and first season script available. (Seeking distribution and production finance. Ready to go)

VALARIE

GENRE : CRIME/DRAMA
FORMAT: SERIES, FOUR SEASONS, 1HOUR X 10 EPS

BRIEF SYNOPSIS:
A young girl who is literally born at the crux of the mandrax pandemic in South Africa who is influenced into becoming a drug mule – her name is Valarie. After Valarie is caught at an airport in Rio de Janeiro, she’s handed a 10 year sentence in Brazil. Valarie is now forced to make something of her life and she does. She comes back with one goal and that’s t create the largest and most successful Drug distribution cartel Africa has ever seen with her Nigerian counterpart. (Series bible available, seeking development budget)

DOMESTICITY

GENRE : SCI-FI DRAMA
FORMAT: ONE SEASON, SERIES, 1 X HOUR X 10 EPS

LOGLINE:

150 women of varying ages were taken and housed as part of an experiment to capture the ultimate ideal of femininity under the Culture of Domesticity. Six generations later, this all-women community is thrown on its head when a baby boy is born.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS:
We begin six generations after the original 150 women were first placed in the Domesticity Experiment. Life proceeds as normal in the community. Until Rebecca, the owner of a pastry shop, gives birth. To a Baby Boy... No one has seen or heard of a man in over a century, so none of the women understand this “deformity”. The baby, Charlene, is treated as a girl. Rebecca hides Charlene away as Charlene is treated like the town freak. Trevor, one of the scientists who works on the gene selections, is unable to get his wife pregnant. After the stress of a doctor’s visit and some bad news about infertility, Trevor made one tiny mistake. But a tiny mistake in genetics… Is a huge mistake and they ended up with Charlene. After six generations of success, the scientists no longer even check the sex of the fetus - just monitor their vitals. The scientists let the experiment move forward, waiting and watching to see what impact this little baby boy has on the women.

The women desperately try to find a solution or explanation to this anomaly. The women are too scared to fall pregnant in case they have a baby like Charlene. Some women start to form factions - those who stay true to their purpose to be mothers and those who no longer wish to be mothers. There are also factions of women who support Rebecca and those that against Rebecca and find Charlene’s presence an insult to their Womanhood. The community and its values begin to unravel at the seams. Everything that goes wrong is blamed on the arrival of Charlene. Maxine - the town zealot - and her enthusiasts fall down a spiral of zealous madness which leads to a terrifying conclusion: they need to sacrifice Charlene. Trevor can’t stand the idea of a healthy baby going to waste when he and his wife cannot conceive. Trevor kidnaps Charlene and takes him home.

Rebecca searches frantically for Charlene. The whole community shuns her as losing a baby has to be the most shameful thing to ever happen in their history. Mr & Mrs Hunt, the lead scientists of the Domesticity Experiment, are suspicious about what happened to the baby. It is just a matter of time until they find Charlene. The only way to fix the problem is to break back in. Trevor reveals the truth about the Domesticity Experiment to Rebecca and together they fake the death of Charlene. The zealots divide in opinions. The women close to her are very angry. Rebecca, knowing her whole life is a lie, decides to break out and see her son. As she stands on the threshold, she looks back at all the women she loves and knows she can’t just leave them there. (Series bible available, four eps scripts written seeking finance and distribution)  

PUSHKIN

GENRE: DRAMA, ADVENTURE
FORMAT: SERIES


BRIEF SYNOPSIS:
This Fictional series of the life and times of Alexander Pushkin will be seen through his point of view relying on historical data and biographers on Pushkin. Russian Professor Alex Mezyaev is the series content advisor. We will employ an overview of the artistic expression of Pushkin’s works in Russian and world theatre and cinema, and how his African spiritual roots gave birth to the myth of Pushkin being called a ‘prophet. The archives in both Continents, and interview Curator’s that are the primary custodians of his work. Furthermore, where possible, we will endeavour to locate his family members, to speak to them about this man’s legacy. A tremendous amount of historical research needs to be conducted in efforts to see this series into fruition. (Not scripted yet needs development. Very High concept and Period. Excellent for BRICS block)

THE REJECTS

GENRE: COMIC BOOK FANTASY
FORMAT: SERIES

LOGLINE:

A group of five comic book writers struggle to return their comic book characters back into fantasy after they come alive and threaten their existence.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS:
Five excellent writers are busy developing their new comic book series. They all live together in a huge mansion on an isolated island. One day they all wake up to discover the characters they have imagined have come to life. What ensues is a battle to send them back into comic book world as the comic characters love the world of mortals and prefer the material world with all its attendant wealth and wonders. (In development, needs funding all rights available)

IN SEARCH OF THE TALKING TREE

GENRE : ACTION ADVENTURE
FORMAT: FEATURE FILM, 110mins (Can be developed into a SERIES)

LOGLINE:

A blind man with futuristic and supernatural powers walks across the breadth and length of Nigeria in search of a talking tree.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS:
A blind man with his guide walks through the ancient city of Ibadan. Together with his 8 year old guide they wander in search of a tree that talks and provides cures for the ills of society En route to their strange and mysterious destination they encounter adventures and near mishaps. They are saved by the Blind man’s uncanny ability to smell danger and become a whirlwind fighting force together with his young guide. After a series of encounters, both good and bad they arrive at the talking tree that imparts them a gift that will change their lives forever and possibly that of the society in which they live in.

THE TRIALS OF GASUTO

GENRE: SCI FI ACTION.
FORMAT: FILM/ SERIES
LANGUAGE: IGBO, HAUSA & YORUBA

LOGLINE:

A village is destroyed by an army from an invading terrorist sect. Only a young boy survives. He is taken into a remote jungle and trained in the Ancient Art of MARONGA (An African martial art like Kung Fu ). The council of elders who preserve his life entrust him with a task to seek revenge against the invaders. Before he can embark on that mission however they are attacked in the jungle by aliens from another dimension. The young man must put all his skills together to fend off the aliens, save the council of elders and exact revenge for the destruction of their village. (In development)

VAMPIRO

GENRE: FANTASY ACTION
FORMAT: SERIES

LOGLINE:

A desolate vampire’s quest for immortality is shrouded with misfortune when an evil spirit is resurrected.

BRIEF SYNOPOSIS:
Set in 1980s Mamelodi, PRETORIA. Vampiro, a few centuries-old vampire, faces a major existential crisis as he looks for ways to regain his mortality. His sidekick, Igor disagrees with his decision but his pleas fall on deaf ears when Vampiro finds an answer to his problem in the form of a shebeen jazz singer. Angelina, a sultry siren on the run, moonlighting as a singer in a shebeen and does her best to avoid Vampiro’s incessant requests to make him immortal. She finally agrees when he brings a token that could of great use to both of them. The near exchange of the token triggers a signal that calls out to creatures of the supernatural world, including an old enemy of Vampiro’s. Angelina and Vampiro go through with the process of changing Vampiro to human, after the promise that they will both leave town for good. Vampiro wakes the following morning to his newfound mortality and enjoys his first day in daylight after centuries. He comes across Gog’ Tsotsi, a sangoma with ties to the supernatural world. She confronts him about his ritual with Angelina and the dangers it could bring for the both of them. (Seeking script in development. All rights available, potential franchise series)

THE HUMAN CONDITION

GENRE : DRAMA
FORMAT: SERIES, THREE SEASONS, ONE HOUR X 10 EPS

LOGLINE:

An ambitious psychology student battles to keep her emotions and work in check, when she is plagued with uncontrollable bouts of rage. Her life is further complicated when her married professor displays an unabashed attraction to her, that she struggles to refute.

BRIEF SYNOPISIS:
Darcy’s life is thrown off balance when she begins to act erratically and more violent than before. She tries to find out the reason for her odd behavior on her own and remedy the situation on her own. Darcy rebuffs the Heath’s brazen advances towards her. The end of first act will establish relationships between the students and introduce the audience to Darcy’s condition as well as acquainting the Psychology curriculum to the laymen. Darcy is forced to treat her IED without medication and Heath promises to help her manage it and keep it a secret. She battles with her classmates for top spot and a chance to help Heath work on actual cases. Darcy gets into an altercation with Mbali and they cut communication with one another. Darcy’s relationship with Heath becomes solidified. The end of the second act will show how Darcy goes about her daily life dealing with her disorder and the effect it has on the relationships in her life. Darcy’s progress is undone when she is triggered by an incident at a house party. Heath works to undo the damage and their relationship becomes more complicated because of it, when he confesses to love her. Heath’s wife finds out about the affair and Darcy pushes him further away, to ensure that they don’t get exposed. The end of the season will see the full extent of the repercussions of Darcy’s disorder and the effects of the choices she’s made will come to light. Series bible completed, seeking development, finance & distribution)

MAMMA MAFIA

GENRE: CRIME SITCOM SERIES: THREE SEASONS (Can be ongoing)

LOGLINE:

A ragtag group of four mothers and a school guidance counsellor resort to crime to solve each other’s problems.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS:
These five women understand the struggles they face on a daily basis, living in a patriarchal society and that they can only rely on each other. They realize that each of them has a kind of huge problem that needs solving and since they love the thrill from the first crime decide to meet often for “group personal training”, where they plan their crimes. Their crimes range from stealing pot from a drug dealer to hiding a body to robbing a bank. All their crimes are meant to help sustain and provide for their children, with an exception of the guidance counsellor. (SIX EPISODE SCRIPTS WRITTEN)

Arranged Marriage

GENRE: DRAMA-COMEDY
FORMAT: SERIES

LOGLINE:

A look at a family struggling to meet their required (gender) roles in a patriarchal society and the bravery of woman who turns the patriarchy of her love-triangle upside down.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS:
Its a story of a young woman (Portia) who after being used as a bait by her boyfriend (Sisa) to go on a few dates with his older already married brother (Themba) in order to get Themba to leave his matriarchal, non-nonsense taking and dominating wife (Pinkie), who is refusing to grant Themba a divorce, Portia ends up falling in love with Themba as well and decides to marry both brothers, after removing her own patriarchal lenses that biasely defined gender roles. While at the same time Themba discovers that his younger brother; Sisa has fathered his own three children with his older wife; Pinkie. This was a family secret that was facilitated by the family elders to help and protect Themba who is unable to have kids of his own.

Vagrants Acappella

GENRE: MUSICAL DRAMA

LOGLINE:

A look at a group of street people attempting to rebuild their lives off the streets using their passion for acappella music.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS:
Its a story of the struggles and victories of a group of down and out homeless social misfits who are led by an autistic teenage genius (Kaizer) and a musical master (Caesar). The group uses their musical gifts as their new hustle to get to the top of the music charts and social ladder in order to claim back their dignity and humanity. They at the same time navigate the dangerous world of rookie cops, drug lords and other social degenerates that run the streets at night.

Empires Fall

GENRE: CRIME/THRILLER
FORMAT: SERIES


LOGLINE:
Greed, old grudges, scandals and dirty secrets tragically destroys three combative business moguls and their families at the hands of a revengeful mastermind undercover cop.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS:
Its a story an undercover cop who implements an elaborative and complex “riches to rags” revenge plan against three greedy, ambitious and rootless businessmen who have robbed and killed his parents and are still willing to do anything to keep their ill-gained wealth. The plan involves the fullest exploitation of the “Achilles heels” of each of the businessmen and their family members, including their hatred of each other and they have been trying for years to kill one another. Additional complication will be revealed that the businessmen all share children with the same woman who is married to one of them. Book Adaptations

The Abyssinian Boy

GENRE: DRAMA
FORMAT: SERIES

LOGLINE:

Rajaswamy Rajagopalan, a South Indian Tamil Brahmin essayist, is totally in love and happy with his East Nigerian Christian wife, Eunice Onwubiko. But there is a threat to their nine year-old marriage.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS:
On a trip to Nigeria from India, David, their only son travels in dreams with an albino dwarf, Nfanfa. A brain illness develops in David and this (alongside the mass deportation of Indians from Nigeria) set the two families, Rajagopalan and Onwubiko crashing in their faiths as they battles differently to keep alive, the chord that holds them together. ‘The Abyssinian Boy’ lays bare the many paradoxes of culture clash with thought provoking and often amusing ironies. (In development book written by Onyeka Nwelue)

INDABA MY CHILDREN – (Series)

GENRE : AFRICAN HISTORICAL FANTASY, ADVENTURE
FORMAT: FOUR SEASONS X 10 EPS x 1 HOUR
TARGET :
afrophiles, fans of fantasy genre eg. Game Of Thrones and Lord Of The Rings, African-americans, Africans, Spiritualists, Environmentalists

LOGLINE:
A shy immortal slave must lead his people to freedom over a thousand years of struggle against the magical threats of the tree that created the world, attacks by the powerful Strange Ones, and his own impulsivity and cannibalistic anger, to found the Zulu nation.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS:
A shy immortal slave must overcome his impulsivity and cannibalistic anger to lead his people to freedom over thousands of years of struggle to found the Zulu nation. He is opposed by magical threats from the Tree of Life and the Tree’s wife the goddess Ma who created the world, as well as Ma’s powerful enemy the demon destroyer Watamaraka, as they battle over the omnipotent relic the Eye of Odu and the fate of humanity. He must survive assaults by powerful colonists, corrupt wizards, neighboring tyrants, and his own people’s follies as he navigates an intricate ancient cultural tapestry that could only be found in Africa. Based on the international best-selling classic by the legendary shaman Credo Mutwa, translated into dozens of languages and considered one of Africa’s classic texts of all time, Indaba My Children tells the story of Africa from the beginning of time to the modern era from the African perspective. It could be described as the original Game of Thrones meets Lord of the Rings meets the Cradle of Humankind. Nothing like it has ever been written or filmed before (In development based on best seller INDABA MY CHILDREN by Credo Vusamzulu Mutwa.

MAMBAZO

GENRE: Biographical drama

LOGLINE:

The success of South Africa’s biggest international musical sensation is threatened by backlash from the media and the murders of its members.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS:
Joseph, a farmer in the rural lands of KZN has dreams of an acapella musical group. After their successful collaboration with Paul Simon on Graceland, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is recognized as an international sensation. However, their success is on the rocks when they are accused of breaking the cultural boycott on South Africa, which is not met with kindness back in home. Their music and shows are looted by anti-apartheid activists and guarded heavily by the Apartheid police. In an attempt to salvage their image with the citizens of their country, they end up doing more harm than good. This results in the murder of Joseph, the founder’s brother by an off-duty white cop. The murder sparks outrage among the South African citizens and the band, who demand justice.

THE RETIREMENT

GENRE: DRAMA
FORMAT: FEATURE FILM 110mins

LOGLINE:

A celebrated porn star past his prime tries to salvage his expiring career by attending Sexpo in Durban, when he is involved in a car accident that leaves a nine-year-old girl orphaned.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS:
A celebrated African French porn star past his prime, MISSISSIPPI, refuses to acknowledge his upcoming retirement and in a last-ditch attempt to salvage his career, his manager arranges an exhibition world tour at the world’s biggest sex shows. His first show is at the annual Sexpo convention in Durban, South Africa. After his second show at Sexpo, Mississippi is involved in a car accident, wherein a homeless woman and a young girl are injured. The destitute mother later dies in the hospital from her injuries, leaving her daughter orphaned. He decides to stay in Durban, despite objections from his manager and uses the sudden free time to see the city. On one of his exploratory wanderings, Mississippi finds the little girl from the accident sleeping on the street and takes her to the hospital. BUHLE, a social worker arrives and informs Mississippi of the child, NONKULULEKO’s frequent disappearance from foster homes. Mississippi agrees to watch Nonku for a few days, after much pleading from Buhle, with advice on how to live with the temperamental child. Mississippi changes his behaviour over the following days to accommodate the erratic Nonku, who slowly responds positively to his efforts. This all changes when Mississippi is informed of his expiring visitor visa and ends up getting deported. Once back home, Mississippi gets a role in an upcoming film and throws himself into his work, seemingly forgetting things of Durban. Mississippi receives an unexpected call from Buhle, who accuses Mississippi of being a sexual predator and vows to keep Nonku away from him. Mississippi leaves for Durban the following day to start legally adopting Nonku and gaining his South African citizenship. When the case is taken to court, Buhle uses Mississippi’s career against him, which drives him to tell the court of his troubled past as an orphaned child and the fatherly love he’s developed for Nonku. A sickly Nonku is brought into the courtroom later on and charges towards Mississippi upon seeing him, clinging onto him for dear life as she cries painfully. (In development)

BLOOD OF MY BLOOD (script completed)

GENRE: Drama thriller
FORMAT: FEATURE FILM

LOGLINE:

A successful businesswoman tries to contain the collapse of her life, when she finds out that the daughter she gave up for adoption, has gone missing.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS:
Mmarona is the chief financial executive at her family’s investment firm, along with her husband Bennett. This causes a huge strain on her relationship with her parents’, especially Mokgadi who strives for perfection in all aspects of her family’s life. Mmarona is ambushed by a strange woman – Marjorie – at her house who is looking for her missing child. The two seem to be connected through the missing child, as Mmarona hides Marjorie’s true intention from Bennett and agrees to help look for the girl, Seraphine. Mmarona’s stress is further increased by her mother Mokgadi’s incessant badgering on her work and the example she needs to set for the company. Mmarona confides in her brother, who urges her to tell Bennett the truth about Marjorie and Seraphine. Mmarona tells Bennett that Seraphine is her biological daughter and she has gone missing. Bennett allows her to help Marjorie, on the condition that it doesn’t mess up their family dynamics. However, Mmarona drops the ball with her work commitments as she becomes more actively involved in searching for Seraphine. Mmarona realises the effect her absence has on her life and backs out of helping Marjorie. A friend of Seraphine contacts Mmarona, giving her a lead to find Seraphine. ( Script & all rights available)

GUSHESHE

GENRE: ACTION
FORMAT: FEATURE FILM, 100 mins

LOGLINE:

A South African Car spinning champion turns to car boosting and ends up on the wrong side of law. BRIEF SYNOPSIS: After a team of close friends are killed and arrested for a job gone wrong, a gifted automotive engineer is forced to infiltrate the car spinning world, where the South African Mob uses the industry as a recruiting pool for car boosting, to find out who was behind it all. (In development all rights available and seeking finance and international distribution)

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