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Brought to the South African circuit by Investment Films, Rogue Saints is a faith-based comedy with a limited release.
Pieter Pohl of Investment Films described the film as a wholesome, light-hearted comedy, which is why they were interested in distributing it, considering that so many of the faith-based films coming into South Africa were serious dramas that weren’t always that well produced.
“It’s targeting a younger audience. We focus on movies with a redemptive theme, and this falls into that line,” he said.
Investment Films have embarked on a strategic marketing campaign targeting church leaders who have been invited to view the film and encourage their parishes to watch it if they feel it supports their faith values.
Director Adam Lubanski makes his feature film debut with this drama, having worked as a graphic designer on films like GI Joe: Retaliation and The Amazing Spider-Man and the TV series The Newsroom.
Written by David C Brunk, Rogue Saints stars Korean actor John Wu and American actor Jason Pead as two childhood friends who are in desperate need of money. Remembering a child- hood urban legend about the spoils of a diamond heist supposedly buried under the local church, they plot to dig it up.
But volunteering at the church to get closer to their target has the unconsidered effect of actually introducing them to a world and people they never considered before.
Some of the themes around Christian traditions and ethical choices may be a bit confusing for children, so the 100-minute-long film carries a PG age restriction.
– Theresa Smith