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Preview South African Action Comedy 'Gog' Helen' (Family, Crooks & A Mattress Full Of Cash)

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 17, 2012 5:35 PM
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Written and directed by Adze Ugah, and titled Gog' Helen, the South African action/comedy feature film's synopsis reads:

Gog’ Helen lives a forgotten life in a shantytown until she and her only relative, her beautiful granddaughter Agnes, become sucked into a life-and-death race against time as they try to get Gogo’s life savings back while outrunning vicious criminals involved in prostitution rings. The events are sparked off when the unsuspecting Agnes, in a gesture of goodwill, buys Gogo a new mattress but also throws away the old one without Gogo’s knowledge. What Agnes doesn’t know is that inside the mattress is her grandmother’s life savings! The two rush to retrieve the mattress, only to discover that it is already on its way for recycling. And in the meantime Agnes’ employers, a gang of ruthless prostitution racketeers, who are none too pleased that their cash cow is not making money for them, descend on the quiet informal community.

Sounds like a a rollicking ride for both grandmother and granddaughter.

The film, which will make its world premiere at the upcoming Durban International Film Festival, features a star-studded cast of South African television stars, including Lillian Dube, Kagiso Rakosa, Jet Novuka, Andile Mxakaza, Bongani Maseko, and others.

And director Adze Ugah (who's Nigerian) is said to have cut his teeth on South African TV drama, and is a filmmaker to watch.

No trailer yet (at least my search came up empty), but check out the full poster below:

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  • jacinta | July 18, 2012 10:24 AMReply

    Interesting how you are looking forward to this when it comes from Africa but yet give Tyler Perry grief for gun toting grannies :) I guess this must be house...... world cinema......

  • Gog'Helen | July 18, 2012 2:34 AMReply

    Hey thanks for posting our film. We'll be uploading a promo any day now. Please follow us on twitter or on facebook - Gog'Helen- the movie.


  • D.C. Kirkwood | July 17, 2012 6:49 PMReply

    This ad brought a smile to my face. It's good to see our African brothers and sisters doing their own thing in Nollywood. Just think what could happen if Hispanics, Blacks, and Africans all put their creative talents, energy, and finances together. I still have hope that one day indeed this will happen. Call me a dreamer but Im going to keep hope alive!!!

  • Cyril | July 18, 2012 1:57 AM

    .....and where is the "Nollywood" utterance coming from?????

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