Move over Rocky, here comes Knuckle City

24 August 2018


South Africans may love their boxing and the sport has plenty of drama, but it has not been the subject of local film.

A brand new motion picture about boxing is being shot in East London this month, by award-winning Mdantsane-born filmmaker Jahmil Qubeka, and produced by producer and editor Layla Swart.

Filmed by the 100% black-owned film company Yellowbone Entertainment, in partnership with MNET’s Mzansi Magic, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Eastern Cape Economic Development Corporation, the film is shot in parts of East London and Mdantsane.

Boasting 12 world champions, Mdantsane is known as South Africa’s boxing Mecca, and the fictional film focuses on the culture of boxing in the township.

The plot follows Dudu Nyakama played by Bongile Mantsai of Inxeba and Scandal fame. Nyakama is a struggling boxer from Mdantsane and hopes that boxing will keep him out of poverty.

Casting Mantsai – cast in the conjtroversial Inxeba that angered many in the Xhosa community – was a leap of faith for the producers. Read the full article on City Press here.