Filming wrapped recently in Limpopo and Gauteng on the new film from Stepping Stone Pictures, Paradise Stop. With portions of the production shot in Gauteng, the film sees the return of the award-winning team - celebrated writer/director Jann Turner and top South African film and tv stars Kenneth Nkosi and Rapulana Seiphemo, after the huge success of their feature debut collaboration White Wedding.

On set of Paradise Lost
The film portrays the thousands of cargo-carrying sixteen wheeler trucks moving freight north bound out of South Africa to Zimbabwe and the heart of Africa. Near the freeway, outside a sleepy town, is Ben Khumalo's truck stop complete with bar, restaurant, and ladies of the night.

Ben maintains that he is a legitimate businessman and his establishment is as sharp and clean as one of his suits but round the back and under the table there are all kinds of side deals going on. Ben's friend, Potso, is a good cop in a rotten system. He has dedicated his life to upholding the law, to catching the bad guys but so far the bad guys have always eluded him. It's the tale of two big men in a small town, the best of friends but working on opposite sides of the law.

Like White Wedding, Paradise Stop has the same captivating humour and an acute but loving look into the vibrant ups and downs of life in current day South Africa. The dynamite cast is led by Nkosi and Seiphemo with Vusi Kunene, Nick Boraine, Charmaine Kwenyane, Sonia Sedibe, Mary Twala, Maduvha Madima, Lucky Legodi, and introduces Bonginkosi Thwala and Rea Rangaka.

From Left to Right: Seiphemo, Turner and Nkosi
Directed by Jann Turner, Executive Producer Ken Follett, DOP Willie Nel, Production Designer Vivienne Mahloko and Editor Tanja Hagan. Paradise Stop is produced by Stepping Stone Pictures, the film production company formed by Turner, Nkosi and Seiphemo.

The release of their first film White Wedding earlier this year introduced audiences to a new breed of South African cinema, a smart, appealing, breezy and invigorating high-spirited romantic road-movie presented by the creme of South African talent. The film enjoyed record breaking box office returns for a local film. Its opening weekend attendances were comparable to recent academy award-winning smash hit Slumdog Millionaire. White Wedding is South Africa's official selection for entry into the Foreign Language Category of the 82nd Academy Awards (Oscars) in 2010.