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by Oliver Schmitz


This South African movie takes a close-up look at car hijacking and life in the townships in general. A struggling young actor is up for a role in a gangster movie, but he lacks ''street cred''. So to improve his chances, he heads back to the townships, where he hooks up with an old childhood friend, now the boss of a carjacking gang. The two friends start working together, but as the actor gets deeper into crime, he finds it harder to keep his life on track. His gang boss friend, meanwhile, sees an opportunity to change his own life for the better...

original title: Hijack Stories
country: Germany, France, United Kingdom, South Africa
sales agent: UGC International
year: 2000
genre: fiction
directed by: Oliver Schmitz
film run: 94'
release date: FR 04/07/2001, UK 19/07/2002
screenplay: Oliver Schmitz, Lesego Rampolokeng
cast: Tony Kgoroge, Rapolana Seiphemo, Moshidi Motshegwa
cinematography by: Michel Amathieu
film editing: Oliver Schmitz, Derek Trigg
art director: Carmel Collins
costumes designer: Nadia Kruger
music: Martin Todsharow
producer: Philippe Guez, Christophe Meyer, Nadine Marsh-Edwards
production: Schlemmer Film/CMV Film Company, Septième Production, Paradis Films, Sky Pictures, BSkyB, Filmbüro NW, Xenos Pictures (ZA)
backing: Deutsche Bank, British Screen Productions
distributor: UGC Distribution

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