What happens when a psychopathic animal poacher turns his attention to human beings? It’s a question posed by local thriller / horror film Night Drive, which releases nationwide on 4 March 2011.
The film has received a significant amount of awareness after its promoters embarked on a low level awareness drive at two major intersections in Johannesburg. This involved the distribution of less than 1600 flyers to motorists, advertising a fictitious promotion for rhino & human body parts and organs.
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Night Drive is set against the tranquil backdrop of a bushveld game reserve. Sean Darwin (Christopher Beasley), a disgraced cop who was with the Endangered Species Anti-Poaching Unit returns to the game reserve where he grew up to scatter his mother’s ashes. He meets up with his estranged father, Jack Darwin (Greg Melvill-Smith), an ex-special forces soldier turned game ranger. There is an all-?out war taking place between Jack and a group of poachers, but these are no ordinary wildlife killers. Local legend has it that they are led by the Hyena Man. He heads a well armed, highly trained group of poachers who are on the hunt for body parts and are known to trade in live human beings. While on a night drive with a group of visitors, Jack comes across a mutilated body and is hell-bent on tracking down the killers. He leaves the group in the care of his superstitious tracker, Akani (Yule Masiteng).
Among the group are Karen (Corine du Toit) and Ian (Brandon Auret), a couple trying to overcome their own misfortunes. Sean becomes the group’s only hope for survival.
“With poaching in the headlines on an almost daily basis, the film is very topical,” says director and scriptwriter Justin Head.
“This campaign was in aid of raising awareness around the very real issue of animal and human being body part poaching in anticipation of the launch of Night Drive,” said Helen Kuun Managing Director of Indigenous Film Distribution.
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