The writer of local film, Noem My Skollie, has slammed skelms who have pirated his movie and are now selling it on the Cape Flats.
John Fredericks says he was shocked to learn his movie, released in cinemas just two weeks ago, is now available on the streets of Cape Town.
John says family and friends came to tell him about the pirated DVDs being sold for just R10 in Mitchells Plain and Steenberg.
In an angry Facebook post yesterday, he said: “It came to my attention that a copy of NMS is being sold in Lentegeur and in Military Road, Steenberg. Let us show some respect! Do not buy a pirate copy!”
The Daily Voice went to several stalletjies in Cape Town and Mitchells Plain in search of a pirate copy, but was told that it would “only be available from next week”.
One vendor said: “I’ve already had 25 to 30 people asking me for that movie.”
Another said: “I will only have it next week because [pirated] SA movies take longer to get from the suppliers.”
On its opening weekend, 7000 mense went out to watch the kwaai fliek at the bioscope.
Noem My Skollie featured in Ster Kinekor’s top 10 list of box office openers for the weekend of September 2, and has received raving reviews.
The movie, which is based on the life of Fredericks, is set in the 60s, and tells the story of a Cape Flats boy and his friends who start a gang, end up in prison, and try to turn their lives around after coming out of tronk.
Celebs like comedian Siv Ngesi had high praise for the movie, advising mense: “South Africans, please support Noem My Skollie, don’t bloody pirate it!”
A furious John has come out to defend his hard work, and appealed to the public not to buy the pirated copies.
The former bandiet also had a warning for the pirates.
“Our own SKOLLIEWOOD! We can weave many dreams! These “Pirates” must also be aware that they might just try to sell it to the wrong person, to find that he’s got a TIGER by the tail! Then it’s “toe met sy kop!” Code of conduct is called for. I also thank you guys for refusing to buy the pirate [copies].”