The world premieres of the screen adaptation of John van de Ruit’s best-seller, Spud, will take place in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban in November.
This new South African film, written and directed by Donovan Marsh, stars veteran British actor John Cleese with Troye Sivan in the title role. Spud is the hilarious story of a young boy’s trials and tribulations at a posh school in Durban at the time of Nelson Mandela’s release.
Cleese, Sivan, Van De Ruit and the young actors who play “the Crazy 8’ will attend the Johannesburg event on 13 November. Cape Town will follow on Wednesday, 17 November and the final premiere will take place in the hometown of both the book, Durban, on Friday, 19 November with various cast and crew in attendance.
MTN South Africa has made these events possible through its commitment to the local entertainment industry. As part of the MTN 1-4-1 Loyalty Programme, MTN clients will have the opportunity to win tickets by using their points. Guests at the events will get to rub shoulders with not only the local cast and crew, but also local celebrities in attendance.
“All of us who have read Spud now have the opportunity to relive the side-splitting adventures of the Crazy 8 on the big screen. Once again, MTN is proud to be associated with these prestigious South African events. We are passionate about supporting South African talent, and Spud gives us another opportunity to do so,’ says Megan Ashman, General Manager at MTN.
Production of the film got underway at Michaelhouse in the KZN Midlands earlier this year and features some of South Africa’s leading talent including model and actress Tanit Phoenix as Eve, stage and screen star Jason Cope as the vindictive housemaster Sparerib.
“With only days left to signing off on the completion of the film, we’re looking forward to turning our attention to the premieres, which are building up to be quite epic.’ comments producer Ross Garland. “When we started out on this project, we could only have dreamed of John Cleese and Australia-based Troye Sivan coming out to South Africa to take part in a nationwide launch on this scale. The first screening is always a nervy event for a producer, but we really can’t wait for this one.’
Spud is produced by Rogue Star Films and BLM Productions.