A South African version of The Fast and the Furious entitled Race-ist is currently being shot in the Gauteng suburb of Brakpan. The cast features a host of well known local artistes including �Bad� Brad Woods (of Big Brother notoriety), Kurt Darren, Craig Palm (of Tsotsi fame), Ian Roberts and DJ fresh among others, and follows the dreams of a young boy who wants to be the quarter mile drag champion.

Andrew Wilmot, the writer, director and producer, wrote the script in some two months, then went on to secure the services of Iain Paton to co-write the screenplay. In Wilmot�s words: �We have a nice story, which has depth. We conducted research and found that hot cars, great looking girls and good locations are a must for South African audiences and this is what we aim to provide.�

The flick follows the trials and tribulations of Lukas (Palm) who is determined to be the champ. He, however, does not have the means but meets up with a former quarter mile champ in the guise of Ian Roberts, and manages to convince the latter to coach him and hopefully help him to realise his dream.

�There is a lot of product placement and a long list of sponsoring companies, who include the likes of Autostyle Motorsports, The Rock Raceway, Big Boss Auto, Play Energy Drink, La Petit, Casbah and others. It took eight months of slog, sometimes up to four visits a day to come up with the finance,� says Wilmot, adding that eventually people came to the party. �One scene has around 30 supercars, and another has hundreds of extras and their vehicles.�

Other than Brakpan, scenes for Race-ist were shot at Lansaria Airport, Nelson Mandela Bridge and Rock Raceway. The movie was shot on an Arri D21 camera kit, as well as three Sony EX12 HD kits. The DOP is Hanro Mohr who says it was a fun movie to shoot.

Scheduled release is towards the end of 2009.