Hijack Stories (South Africa: 2000)


Oliver Schmitz

Cast list

Tony Kgoroge ...Sox Moraka
Rapulana Seiphemo...Zama
Percy Matsemela...Fly
Makhaola Ndebele...Joe
Moshidi Motshegwa ...Grace
Emily McArthur...Nicky
Owen Sejake ...Bra Dan
Harold 'Speedy' Matihabo ...Kenneth
George Lamola...Steve


Writing credits: Lesego Rampolokeng (story) and Oliver Schmitz

Production Crew:
Producers-Philippe Guez and Christoph Hahnheiser
Music- Martin Todsharow
Cinematography- Michel Amathieu
Film Editing- Oliver Schmitz and Derek Trigg


In Johannesburg, Sox, a young black actor, leaves his white girlfriend and comfortable middle-class existence behind, as he goes back to Soweto to live among township criminals so he can get a part in a TV gangsta show and 'play it for real'.


Derek Malcolm, Hijack Stories, The Guardian (newspaper)

Hollywood-pat action film, which is a shame, given that this is South African, Empire Online (online review)

Academic Writing:
Dovey, Lindiwe. “South African Cinema in Exile.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing 41.2 (2005): 189-199.

Fu, Albert, and Martin J. Murray. “Cinema and the edgy city: Johannesburg, carjacking, and the postmetropolis.” African Identities 5.2 (2007): 279-289.

Jacobsohn, Bianca. In the car with Oliver Schmitz’s Hijack stories (2000): The journey of a South African film in translation. Diss. 2008.

Marx, Lesley. “At the end of the rainbow: Jerusalema and the South African gangster film.” Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies 11.3 (2010): 261-278.

Rijsdijk, Ian-Malcolm, and Adam Haupt. “Redemption to a kwaito beat: Gavin Hood’s Tsotsi.” Journal of the Musical Arts in Africa 4.1 (2007): 29-46.

Stadler, Jane. “Tsotsis, coconuts and wiggers: Black masculinity and contemporary South African media.” Power, politics and identity in South African media (2008): 343-363.

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