Mama Jack, the latest film from South Africa’s King Of Comedy, Leon Schuster, had its World Premiere at the Sithengi Film and Television Market in Cape Town last night with the premier of the Western Cape, Mr Ebrahim Rasool as guest of honour. In attendance were the key cast and crew, among whom were Leon Schuster, Alfred Ntombela, Mary-Anne Barlow, Lionel Newton, Jerry Mofokeng, director Gray Hofmeyr, executive producers, Sudhir Pragjee and Sanjeev Singh and producers Anant Singh and Helena Spring. Also present at the premiere were a host of dignitaries, including local government representatives and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Aziz Pahad.
Mama Jack was shot in the city of Cape Town and received a phenomenal response from the local audience gathered at the premiere last night. Spearheading the acclaim for the film was Premier Rasool who said, “Thank you very much for shooting the film in Cape Town and for marketing the City. If you see the talent, not only the acting that Leon and others brought in, the purely technical side and the ability to do all the things to put a film like this together, it makes us proud. Thank you for capturing that spirit of being a South African.”
Producer, Anant Singh commented, “We are thrilled with this fantastic response from the Cape Town audience. We shot Mama Jack in Cape Town and it is only fitting for us to have its World Premiere in the city which looks so beautiful in the film. Leon has once again done a terrific job and his collaboration with director, Gray Hofmeyr has produced another gem. We are confident that South Africans will go to cinemas in large numbers to watch their favourite star when Mama Jack is released on 24 November.”
Mama Jack is the story of Jack Theron, who works on a film set, however, his movie director boss hates him. In a bid to get rid of Jack, the director spikes his drink at a glamorous function, and before long Jack has unwittingly offended all the attending dignitaries, ruined the function and finds himself on the wrong side of the law. Now, on the run and desperate, Jack turns to his friend, Shorty, a make-up artist for help, and emerges disguised as a black woman, Mama Jack. Mama Jack soon finds “herself” employed by the director’s fiance and begins to fall in love with her. A series of deceptions and misunderstandings pile up and, in true Schuster style and comic mayhem results.
Mama Jack stars Leon Schuster, Alfred Ntombela, Mary-Anne Barlow, Lionel Newton, Shaleen Surtie-Richards. The film is a Videovision Entertainment production in association with Distant Horizon and Delta Films (Pty) Ltd, produced by Anant Singh and Helena Spring, executive produced by Sanjeev Singh and Sudhir Pragjee and is written by Leon Schuster, Gray Hofmeyr, Paul Slabolepsky and Jeff Newton and directed by Gray Hofmeyr.
Mama Jack will be released throughout South Africa on 24 November 2005 through United International Pictures in one of the widest releases ever for a South African film.