Joe Bullet, a film originally banned by the apartheid government in 1972, starring Ken Gampu, Abigail Kubeka and Cocky 'Two Bull' Tlhotlhalemaje, has been digitally restored through the Gravel Road African Film Legacy (GRAFL) Initiative by the Waterfront Film Studios in Cape Town and have been invited to premiere at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) 2014 more than 40 years since it was last seen.
JOE BULLET, produced by Tonie van der Merwe, can be described as one of South Africa's first all-African cast Blaxploitation film - produced at the height of the apartheid. The film follows Joe Bullet (Ken Gampu), a James Bond type character who is brought in by the Eagles soccer team to fight corruption in the criminal underworld of soccer. Shot entirely on location in and around Johannesburg in 1971, the film is complete with everything you expect from an action film - soccer, guns, karate fights, explosions and even a bit of romance.
"It is an honour to bring back a film such as Joe Bullet, restoring it and having the opportunity to pay homage to the brave filmmakers and cast of this film and finally recognize them for their contribution to the South African film industry so many years later", says company CEO Benjamin Cowley. "We could not find a more suitable film with which to launch our Gravel Road African Film Legacy Initiative, this is certainly not the first and last you'll be hearing about Joe Bullet!"
About the Gravel Road African Film Legacy
Gravel Road African Film Legacy (GRAFL) has been launched by Gravel Road Entertainment Group to locate, acquire, restore and expose once discarded and forgotten African cinematic
gems to a whole new generation of African Cinema lovers around the world.
Contact: Benjamin Thomas Cowley
(M) +27 82 259 2547