Night Drive

The world premiere of South African slasher film Night Drive, held on Thursday 3 February, had over 600 of the industry’s executives, A-list celebrities and cast members abuzz and has become one of the
most talked about events of 2011 so far.

Guests sipped cocktails at Latinova nightclub in Rosebank while
they waited to be taken to a secret location for the first screening of
the film. Excitement mounted as specially branded Night Drive double-decker busses pulled up, courtesy of the Gauteng Film Commission and escorted by the metro police, and transported
them to the Zone in Rosebank, where they enjoyed more cocktails, specially created by Liquid Chefs.

Featuring an all-star cast and set against the backdrop of a bushveld game reserve, Night Drive will open nationwide on Friday 4 March. Created in South Africa, it is set for international distribution.

Released by independent distributor Indigenous Film Distribution, Night Drive was written and directed by AFDA graduate and award-winning short film director, Justin Head. “Night Drive had its genesis when the Film Factory was toying with the idea of a horror film set in the bush, an environment for which I have a great love,” he says. “Coupled with that, the opportunity to work with such a talented cast and crew made the film a wonderful project.”

The film stars Christopher Beasley, known to South African
audiences as bad boy Len Cooper in the popular soap Isidingo, for which he has received three best actor nominations. He is also an accomplished stage actor and stuntman.

Corine du Toit starred in Egoli and Getroud Met Rugby. She has also appeared in many commercials, both locally and internationally.

Greg Melvill-Smith, one of the country’s most respected actors, has starred in many theatre productions, major television series, as well as numerous feature films, including The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Mr Bones, Drum, The Bang Bang Club, and international hit District 9.

Yule Masiteng has appeared in drama series Mzansi, and stars as the sly conman Jomo Zungu in Scandal!. He also has several international television series and films to his credit.

Brandon Auret is best known for his role as Dup (Leon du Plessis) in Isidingo: the Need, but has since moved on into film and has starred in District 9, The Race-ist and Winnie. He has also starred in several local musical productions and is well known in theatre world.

Night Drive is a gritty, nail-biting thriller-slasher set in the unforgiving South African bush. While out on a night safari an eclectic mix of tourists are left stranded when their vehicle breaks down in the middle of nowhere.

Local folklore speaks of the Hyena Man, a ruthless criminal mastermind notorious for heading up a well-armed, well-trained group of poachers on the hunt for not only animal’s and animal body parts but also for human beings – dead or alive. As a series of terrifying events unfold, they realize wild animals are the least of their worries, folklore becomes reality and their deepest fears unfold as the fight for survival begins.