In partnership with

Meet Iain Thomas, the 36-year-old South African poet who is famous all over the world except in SA

Trevor Noah has pulled out at the last minute from hosting the MAMAs 2016, due to 'a severe upper respiratory infection'

Cold Harbour star wins Best Actor at Durban International Film Festival

2014-07-30 16:11
Johannesburg - South African star Tony Kgoroge was named Best Actor at the Durban International Film Festival this weekend for his role in Cold Harbour, currently in cinemas. Tony shared the prize with Timbuktu star Ibrahim Ahmed.
"The best actor award is shared between an actor who is established and commanding and a newcomer who is unforgettable. Both give soulful and compelling performances and are enviable collaborators with the filmmakers they work with," said the Durban jury.
In Carey McKenzie’s African noir Cold Harbour, Tony plays ambitious Khayelitsha policeman Sizwe Miya, who uncovers an abalone smuggling scheme while investigating a Triad murder. The role was written especially for him.
The Sunday Times said that the character was "superbly inhabited on screen by the charismatic Tony Kgoroge."
The Sunday Independent  said "Cold Harbour will leave you with a warm feeling towards local movies and Tony Kgroge shines like a star."
Tony made Variety’s list of South African talent poised to break out in 2010, after a fiery performance as Nelson Mandela’s bodyguard in Clint Eastwood’s Invictus, opposite Morgan Freeman.
He’s familiar with international audiences for his co-starring roles in The First Grader, as the love interest of current Bond girl Naomie Harris; Skin, opposite Oscar nominee Sophie Okonedo; and as former ANC Secretary General Walter Sisulu in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, opposite Idris Elba.
Remarkably though, Cold Harbour marks his first lead role in a South African feature film, and his transition to an action hero.
"In most of the parts I’ve played, my character has been politically-driven or very sad or a lover boy, so it’s very exciting to be playing such a different role, where I get to be more physical and macho," says Tony.

"It must be every actor’s dream to be the action hero; it’s something I’ve been dying to do for years."
Sizwe does all his own stunts in the film, even taking on former Intercontinental World Muaythai Thai Supermiddleweight champion Quentin Chong and a German Shepherd guard dog in different scenes. "You rehearse everything so carefully, but when you get into a scene, the adrenaline takes over and things go crazy," he says. "Doing your own stunts is one of the best things an actor can ever do. It keeps you in touch with your character."
Cold Harbour had a sell-out world premiere at the Durban International Film Festival and opened nationwide on Friday.

Watch the trailer here:

READ THIS NEXT: We review Cold Harbour!
Read more on:    movies
NEXT ON CHANNEL24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Recent News

Donald Glover has been cast in the Han Solo Star Wars movie, where he will play Lando Calrissian. Read More »
Add your review

Benedict Cumberbatch walked into a Manhattan comic book store in full superhero regalia. Read More »
Add your review

inside channel 24

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.