Searing Political Thriller, “Death Of A Whistleblower ” Holds Celebrity Jo’burg Premiere; Streams On Prime Video End Feb 2024

After a high-profile US Premiere screening this week at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles the Ian Gabriel-helmed political thriller, Death of a Whistleblower, will hold a prestigious Red Carpet South African Premiere at the Joburg Film Festival on February 28th, 2024.

With a story by Ian Gabriel (Runs in the Family, Four Corners), written by Louis Viljoen &  Marius Scholtz, Death of a Whistleblower is a topical, high-energy thriller that highlights the devastating risks faced by whistleblowers in South Africa. The film is produced by Tshepiso Chikapa Phiri for KAE  ( Known Associates Entertainment ) and is co-produced by  Moroba Nkawe and Evod  in association with Amazon Studios. “When Ian shared this film with me in 2018, I was thrilled that we would be creating homage to South African whistleblowers; little did I know that one of them would be my own uncle, murdered in 2021!” said, Tshepiso Chikapa Phiri.

When investigative journalist Luyanda Masinda narrowly survives the assassination of her whistleblower lover, she joins forces with his inside man Albert to expose the deep-rooted state capture of military assets by a corrupt and powerful South African security group expanding and promoting warfare in Africa and beyond.

Inspired by the recent stories of real life South Africa’s whistleblowers, the filmmakers have chosen the path of a fictional thriller to highlight the challenges and dangers faced by local whistleblowers over the past 25 years. “One cannot overestimate the courage of those who have risked life and limb to expose the corruption that pervades our society,” says Ian Gabriel.  “The film is a homage to the few brave and principled truth tellers and journalists who continue to battle for the right to reveal truth, in an age of unprecedented, manufactured reality”.

Death of a Whistleblower had its world premiere at the recent Toronto International Film Festival 2023 where the programme note had this to say:

Noxolo Dlamini delivers a potent performance with flawless command. Gabriel’s eye stays true to his trenchant study of the country’s evolving post-apartheid journey.  Death of a Whistleblower offers a kinetic and provocative plunge into South Africa’s struggle over state capture and the sheer power of principled speech.

The film stars 2023 SAFTA Best Actress Noxolo Dlamini (Jozi Gold, Silverton Siege) and Irshaad Ally (Suidooster, Four Corners) with S’thandiwe Kgoroge (Shaka iLembe, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) and Deon Coetzee (Silverton Siege).

The film will screen and release simultaneously on the same day on Prime Video on 28 February 2024.

By Andrew Germishuys

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