Crime thriller Cold Harbour to premiere at the the Durban International Film Festival

2014-06-25 17:00
Johannesburg – United International Pictures and Ten10 Films have announced that from the producers of Jerusalema, comes a new crime thriller, Cold Harbour starring Tony Kgoroge and Fana Mokoena.

The film will released in cinemas nationwide on 25 July following its world premiere at the Durban International Film Festival on 19 July.  

Sizwe Miya (Tony Kgoroge) is an ambitious Khayelitsha policeman, who uncovers an abalone smuggling scheme while investigating a Triad murder.

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.

Tony has a huge international profile as an actor with co-starring roles in The First Grader, as the love interest of British star Naomie Harris; Skin, opposite Oscar nominee Sophie Okonedo; and as ANC  icon 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.

"This is a very different role for me," 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."

Tony does all his own stunts in the film, even taking on former Intercontinental World Muaythai Thai Supermiddleweight champion Quentin Chong in one scene.

'Sophisticated action story'

Cold Harbour is a sophisticated action story full of twists, turns and divided loyalties.

This is the first film where close friends Tony and Fana Mokoena star opposite each other.  Fana plays Specialist, Sizwe’s comrade in the struggle, who chose a life of crime rather than joining the police force. In real life, Tony and Fana were actually comrades together in the 80s, who had been on the run together, so they shared a backstory with their characters.

Fana is another one of the leading actors of his generation. He won a South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA) for his role as Jaws Bhengu in The Lab and an African Movie Academy Award for his role in Man On Ground, while he’s co-starred in Hollywood films like World War Z opposite Brad Pitt, Machine Gun Preacher opposite Gerard Butler, Hotel Rwanda opposite Don Cheadle, and Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom as Govan Mbeki.

SAFTA winners Deon Lotz (Faan Se Trein, Verraiers, Skoonheid, Roepman) and Thomas Gumede (Otelo Burning, A Place Called Home) round out the all-star cast, alongside Chinese superstar Yu Nan (Expendables II) and Freshly Ground lead singer Zolani Mahola.
Cold Harbour marks the feature film debut of Cape Town local and NYU Film Programme graduate Carey McKenzie. Her documentary about nuclear weapons, Original Child Bomb, premiered at Tribeca and won The Grand Jury Prize at Silverdocs, one of the world’s most prestigious documentary festivals. Her associated short film, B is for Bomb, won the Cannes 2006 Short Film Corner competition.

Shane Daly (Misfits, MI-5) is the DOP; while expat South African Mags Arnold took a break from editing for Michael Winterbottom to cut her first local film.
Ten10 Films’ Tendeka Matatu (Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema, Material) is producing Cold Harbour, with support from the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa, The Department of Trade and Industry, Next Entertainment and The City of Cape Town. The film was developed through The Binger Lab and the NFVF.

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