Call Me Thief (South Africa: 2016)


Daryne Joshua

Cast list

Kettie - Sandi Schultz

Gamba - Gantane Kusch

Abraham - Dann Jaques Mouton

Jenny - Tarynn Wyngaard

Gif - Christian Bennett

Young AB - Austin Rose

Shorty - Gershwin Mias

Oeg - Lee Roodt


Writer: John Fredericks

Producers: David Max Brown, Moshidi Moshegwa, Dylan Voogt

Music By: Kyle Shepherd

Cinematography: Zenn van Zyl

Film Editing: Simon Beesley

Casting: Christa Schamberger


Based in South Africa in the 1960s, Call Me Thief tells the story of Abraham, a man sentenced to jail time after committing a petty crime. In jail, Abraham elevates his social status by telling the other prisoners clever stories. Abraham learns that his childhood friend is in prison as well, and is being treated very poorly. After some time, Abraham and his friend are released, and it seems all is going well for Abraham, especially when he develops a love interest. However, soon he is back in legal trouble when his friends implicate him in a murder they committed. Now, Abraham must find a way to extricate himself before it is too late. This film is based on the true events of its writer, John Fredericks.


Adriaanse, Dominic. " 'Skollie' Movie Moves Prisoners to Tears." The Cape Times. August 17 2016. 

Derksen, Daniel. "From Real Life to Reel Life: Noem My Skollie-the True Story of a Young Man in 1960s Cape Town Who Became a Storyteller in Jail." writing August 28 2016.

Essien, Iquo B. "South African Drama 'Noem Ma Skollie' ('Call Me Thief') is a Must-See." June 16 2017. 

Germishuys, Andrew. "Noem My Skollie: Call Me Thief Review." February 23 2017. 



Academic Articles:

Sean Jacobs; DARYNE JOSHUA, dir. Call Me Thief [Noem My Skollie]., The American Historical Review, Volume 123, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 534–536.


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