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Monday, November 28, 2011


(Pic by Ilze Kitshoff: Kenneth Nkosi and Leon Schuster)

Legendary South African filmmaker Leon Schuster is back! Principal photography on his latest feature film, Mad Buddies, is currently underway. Schuster shares the screen with Kenneth Nkosi as the two embark on the adventure of a lifetime – whether they like it or not!

Mad Buddies is the latest from Schuster, who’s been responsible for some of South Africa’s most notable local box-office successes, including Mama Jack, Mr Bones and most recently, 2010’s World Cup-inspired hit, Schuks Tshabalala’s Guide to S.A.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring another fun-filled Schuster adventure to South African audiences,” says producer Helena Spring who worked with Schuster on Mr Bones, Mr Bones 2 and Mama Jack. “Mad Buddies is a fast paced comedic romp, jam-packed with stunts and laughs that will have audiences rolling in the aisles.”

Due for release in 2012, the film is the product of an 18-month development period between Schuster and his longstanding collaborator, director and co-writer, Gray Hofmeyr, who will be reprising his directing duties on the film. In addition to Johannesburg, the shooting schedule includes a large portion of filming in KwaZulu-Natal.

Joining Schuster will be his long-standing co-star Alfred Ntombela (Oh Shucks I’m Gatvol, Mama Jack) as well as Kenneth Nkosi (Jerusalema, Tsotsi, White Wedding) and South African beauty Tanit Phoenix (Spud, Straight Outta Benoni).

Mad Buddies will be released nationwide on June 22, 2012. Distribution rights for the film have been acquired by Disney South Africa - although the film will not be distributed under the Disney banner.