Leon Schuster has been making South African’s laugh since pa fell off the bus, and I know that growing up he was one of my fave local comedians. So, Leon Schuster fans, hold on to your seats and because he is back with a brand new quirky comedy complete with hilarious incidents and an inspiring storyline that will keep audiences captivated until the credits start rolling.
Expect the usual winning recipe of side-splitting comedy and humorous social commentary of Leon’s previous successes like There’s a Zulu on my Stoep and Mr. Bones, but together with co-writer director, Gray Hofmeyr, takes it to the next level by introducing a relevant and engrossing story and a depth of emotion which sets it apart from anything else previously produced by this iconic filmmaker.
Set in Africa, the movie takes you on a thrilling adventure as a loveable old man, Sonny Frank (Leon Schuster), and a ten year old rural African boy, Fearless (Themba Ntuli), set out to kidnap the ambassador of a South-East Asian country in an attempt to stop rhino slaughter.
They are joined on this mission by two four-legged friends; Reini a baby rhino whose mother was killed by poachers and Fearless’ big and faithful black dog called Dog. When things go terribly wrong, they have no choice but to take on a platoon of merciless poachers, who are led by the terrifying ranger turned poacher, Dolf (Kenneth Nkosi), with whom Sonny has a past. The emotional heart, of course, stems from the characters’ individual journeys.
Aside from brilliant cinematography and the most beautiful surroundings, the movie also boasts impressive performances by the star-studded cast. Leon Schuster is brilliant as an insecure railway chef and collector of indigenous spices, while newcomer, Themba Ntuli (Meerkat Maantuig), nails his role as a complex African child who is terrified of his own shadow. Kenneth Nkosi (Tsotsi), Khanyi Mbau (Happiness is a Four Letter Word), Jennifer Steyn (Goodbye Bafana, Madam and Eve) and David Dennis (Soul City) can also be seen in the film.
Frank & Fearless promises some incredibly funny laughs combined with a powerful message and some heartfelt personal revelations that audiences of all ages will be able to relate to. The film was produced in association with M-Net, Chrome Films, the IDC and the DTI and will be distributed and released by Filmfinity (Pty) Ltd on 23 November 2018.