Cold Harbour: Review

Cold Harbour, set very aptly in The Cape of Storms, and a story of turmoil, when township cop Sizwe begins to witness first hand how deep corruption can go, when he investigates a turf war between local gangs in the city of Cape Town.

Abalone, seen as very potent by those from the East, but in short supply, meaning the street price is incredibly high. Poachers area pain a vast amount of money by overseas gangs, and with this illegal trade, cops need to be bought, communities protect their own, and people will do whatever it takes to stay out of prison.

The film holds true to the reality of this criminal activity, taking the viewer right into the locations where these gangs operate, so sights familiar to viewers of local news, or those involved in the fight against this ongoing blight on the Mother City.

Well researched, and shot on location in Cape Town, there is a sense of excitement as you spot familiar locations. As for the cast, these actors are on the list of those to watch in South Africa, inhibiting their roles in a way that brings a realism to the rollercoaster of ups and downs of the story.

Cold Harbour, while portraying fictional events, is telling the story of an the ongoing issue of poaching, the problem with government and police corruption, and the greed that controls so many, and what more of a thrill ride than to be viewing a film such as this, right n amongst the various settings, in some cases, almost being on-set as you watch, with familiar sights such as the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Harbour, and not forgetting the other side of the tracks in the various suburbs and townships.

Cold Harbour is another in a line of films that are once again stepping up the production quality, and furthering the reach, of South African film. It opens 25 July 2014 in South African cinemas.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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