Tsotsi (2005) Co- Production
Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader.
Based on the novel by Athol Fugard. Directed by Gavin Hood. Winner Audience Award at Edinburgh Film Festival Winner People’s Choice Award at Toronto Film Festival Produced by UK Film & TV/ IDC / MOVIWORLD. Winner ACADEMY AWARD for BEST FOREIGN FILM 2006.
Set amidst the sprawling Johannesburg township of Soweto – where survival is the primary objective – TSOTSI traces six days in the life of a ruthless young gang leader who ends up caring for a baby accidentally kidnapped during a car-jacking.
TSOTSI is a gritty and moving portrait of an angry young man living in a state of extreme urban deprivation. His world pumps with the raw energy of “Kwaito music” – the modern beat of the ghetto that reflects his troubled state of mind.
The film is a psychological thriller in which the protagonist is compelled to confront his own brutal nature and face the consequences of his actions. It puts a human face on both the victims and the perpetrators of violent crime and is ultimately a story of hope and a triumph of love over rage.