Gog’Helen is a truly South African action comedy, telling a wacky tale of Gog’Helen, a seemingly typical township Gogo who is not afraid of anyone. The 80-minute feature film chronicles a shack-dwelling granny and her prostitute granddaughter played by Lillian Dube and Kagiso Rakosa who go gangster in an attempt to retrieve the old lady’s life savings that have been mistakenly thrown away. It tells of a race against time to retrieve the money, handle her granddaughter’s ‘employers’ get life back to tranquil normality.
Gog’Helen debuted in 2012 at the Durban International Film Festival and was selected to be in competition. The film was one of only three South African films selected for a special screening at the the 2012 London Olympics by the National Film and Video Foundation. In February 2013 it was selected in the official programme at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles and recently was selected for competition in the Zanzibar International Film Festival.
This refreshing script and high quality production is not only a hit at international festivals but is already a hit at local screenings. In producing a local story, the production team wanted to ensure that a wide range of local audiences were exposed to Gog’Helen. An innovative distribution plan is to showcase the movie in township theatres and independent movie houses. The film will also be travelling to neighboring countries where audiences can relate to it.
This zany action comedy, set in present-day Johannesburg, stars some of South Africa’s most well loved stars. And for a number of these stars, this is their big-screen debut: Lillian Dube, Kagiso Rakosa, Jet Novuka, Andile Mxakaza, Bongani Maseko, Bubu Mazibuko, Motlatsi Mafashe, Winnie Modise, Kagiso Modupi, Ishmael Mpeo, Sophie Ndaba, Maurice Paige and Patrick Shai. All are known to soap lovers, whether you are a fan of Generations, Isidingo, Zone 14, Muvhango or Scandal.
Look out for Gog’Helen at your local cinema.