You can’t look at this movie without looking back to Kagiso Lediga’s career and how he has come up to be one of the leading directors of tv and film in South Africa. We first got introduced to Matwetwe as the cousin of Kagiso on Pure Monate show which used to be on SABC 1. Also, you need to look back at the journey of David Kau, Loyiso Gola, Joey Rasdien, Tshepo Mogale and their contribution towards black comedy. I went with my brother to see Matwetwe and I remember telling him that Kagiso proves that your time will come and his is here and right now.
A coming-of-age adventure following Lefa and Papi, best friends and recent high school graduates, on the biggest hustle of their young lives. Over the course of one action-packed New Year’s Eve in the iconic township of Atteridgeville, the boys try to pull off a huge deal, dodge a kingpin gangster and his violent gang members, get the girl and, ultimately, save their own lives in this hilarious but sometimes very serious escapade.
Personally, I love the movie and it’s very funny as well. It is filled with sad moments and tragic moments, but you don’t realize how sad those moments are because you are still laughing from the previous scene. The actor who plays Papi is brilliant and he carries the role very well, he immersed himself into that character – he reminded me of my own childhood friend, Thabiso. Lefa is a typical hood nerd, he is smart and he loves plans which makes sense why they brew potent weed. One sad scene was when he was speaking to his father over the phone, while he was making promises he knows that he can’t keep. This movie is good, it’s done well, it’s young and exciting. I loved that they used an unfamiliar cast, a fresh new talent from Pretoria which I believe was what made the movie even more successful because there was no star lead to push the film besides a good story and acting. I hope for more movies such as these because it does prove that we can go to the cinemas – it’s just the cinemas are not producing movies we would love to see.
Diprente and UIP South Africa announced that local film, Matwetwe, has made an impressive R980 762 within its first three days at the local box office. The movie which was produced by Tamsin Anderson and is Diprente’s third production following Blitz Patrollie and Catching Feelings, has delivered an amazing R57.7k screen average over 17 exhibitor sites and will look at increasing its national footprint within the coming weeks.
From us, Matwetwe is a must see.