The Story

When FRANK (Wandile Molebatsi)’s lifelong friend KHAYA (Godfrey Thobejane) turns up with another money-making scheme, Frank is tempted into throwing in the entire boss’s money into a fixed boxing match.


Synopsis

FRANK’s life is about to change. As an honest bookkeeper and like most honest men he’s not making much money from his salary. There is always more month at the end of the money and the bills are relentless. Frank has seen his boss prosper while he is caught up in his dull and dreary life, however, an opportunity presents itself when his lifetime and best friend, KHAYA, approaches him with a sure bet.


Details

Genre: Action Comedy
Category: Fiction Feature Film
Run time: 92 Minutes
Director: Bonginhlanhla Ncube
Cast: Wandile Molebatsi, Luthuli Dlamini, Godfrey Thobejane

Safe Bet was completed in July, 2015 and it immediately commenced its festival run. After the private screening held at the Durban International Film Festival, the film immediately got a theatrical release from Sterkinekor, South Africa’s leading and biggest cinema chain. Also from the same festival a worldwide sales deal was secured with Ten10Films, a distribution wing of Restless Global.

Barely 4 months after completion, the film had been officially selected in 6 festivals and travelled to entertain audiences in the US and Europe. The general feedback was that the comedy in the film is of universal nature. As an action comedy movie of an international appeal it was no surprise that the movie was invited to screen at Europe’s largest comedy festival, Comedy Cluj in Romania at one of the largest theatres in Bucharest.

Cinema Florin Piersic, Bucharest, Romania The US tour saw Safe Bet maintaining its 100% win rate when it snatched Best Action Sequence, Best Narrative Feature Film, Best Kids/Family movie and Best International Feature Film missing BET’s $5,000 reward by just an inch since BET was awarding Best Short Film. Safe Bet may as well have earned its highest award when Mr. Bonginhlanhla “Mr. B” Ncube, the Director, received recognition from the California State Assembly for his outstanding work in Safe Bet.

Cast & Crew

The following are the key people that made SAFE BET, however, there are many others who worked as much if not double. Full credit list can be downloaded here...

Wandile Molebatsi

Frank

Frank is a qualified accountant in deep debt… Watch Wandile’s Interview here...    

Godfrey Thobejane

Khaya

KHAYA is that friend who is both annoying and can’t live without pal who often lands you in trouble.

Luthuli Dlamini

Doc

The DOC is a former GP (General Practitioner), runs an illegal betting tote. Watch Luthuli’s Interview here...

Palesa Mofokeng

Lucy

Lucy is Frank’s long standing love interest who avails herself at the wrong time.                      

Zintle Ncipa

Makena/MK

MK/Makena is Lucy's partner in crime, they do 'things' together.
     

Nandi Nyembe

Mrs Manaka (Frank's Mom)

Frank’s stay home mom. Mrs. Manaka is dedicated to taking care of her husband.    

Jerry Mofokeng

Mr Manaka(Frank's dad)

Frank’s beloved father who launches him on a mission. Watch Jerry’s interview here...

Macks Papo

Mr Kwena

Frank’s neighbor on the wall who knows everything (and is friends with the postman)

Bonginhlanhla Ncube "Mr B"

Producer/Director

Also known as “Mr. B”, Bonginhlanhla Ncube is an international award winning producer/director. Watch Mr. B’s interview here...

Nokuthula Sakhile Mguni

Executive Producer

Nokuthula successfully produced her first Television film with Bonginhlanhla back in 2011. She has an eye for spotting success in a film.

Jason Henke

Associate Producer

Jason is based in New York and works with Safe Bet Producers in its US market & sales.    


Carl Roddam

Writer

Carl's unwaivered creative writing cannot be ignored in Safe Bet. The story he wrote contains universal humour.


Denford Dzingire

Cinematographer

Denford is an award-winning cinematographer with a great sense of framing and story-telling through the lens.

Michael J. Rix

Film Editor

Graduating from Pretoria Film & TV School in 1996, Michael’s storytelling skills through editing are simply amazing.

Geo Hoehn

Film Score Composer

Geo Hoehn is an award-winning film score composer who brings out the right emotions through sound.

Jim Petrak

Sound Designer

Jim is an immaculate sound designer who takes the film Safe Bet to another level.


Annelize Kraounakis

Art Director

Annelize’s eye for detail and innovation gives Safe Bet an authentic setting.

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WINNING AWARDS


Awards

From the time Safe Bet was completed in July 2015, it has enjoyed the longest and record breaking 100% win rate, meaning, it has won every award from a festival/award it received nomination.

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Comedy Cluj International Film Festival Bucharest, Romania, October 2015

BEST ACTION SEQUENCE

Global Independent Film Awards USA,
July 2015

BEST KIDS/FAMILY FEATURE FILM

Queen City Film Festival Pennsylvania, USA,
October 2015

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

California State Assembly San Francisco, USA,
October 2015

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM

Silicon Valley African Film Festival San Francisco, USA,
October 2015

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM

Bronzelens Film Festival Atlanta, USA,
November 2015

Gallery

Here are some images from the set of Safe Bet, shooting this masterpiece was a pure joy. Loads of fun on set translating to tons of smiles and laughter.

Set Photos

Photographer: Annelize Kraounakis

Set Photos

Photographer: Annelize Kraounakis

Set Photos

Photographer: Annelize Kraounakis

Set Photos

Photographer: Annelize Kraounakis

Set Photos

Photographer: Annelize Kraounakis

Set Photos

Photographer: Annelize Kraounakis

Set Photos

Photographer: Annelize Kraounakis

Set Photos

Photographer: Annelize Kraounakis

Set Photos

Photographer: Annelize Kraounakis

Set Photos

Photographer: Annelize Kraounakis

Set Photos

Photographer: Annelize Kraounakis

Set Photos

Photographer: Annelize Kraounakis

Set Photos

Photographer: Annelize Kraounakis

Set Photos

Photographer: Annelize Kraounakis

Set Photos

Photographer: Annelize Kraounakis

Set Photos

Photographer: Annelize Kraounakis

Press

Here are a few published stories if you wish to catch up on the news. We obviously put the juicy news only.

Safe Bet for Ncube

Publisher: Woza Weekend
Date: November, 2015

Safe Bet wows US festival audiences

Publisher: Gauteng Film Commission online
Date: October, 2015

Pretoria Film Recognised in USA

Publisher: NFVF online
Date: November, 2015

Safe Bet nominated for international award

Publisher: Roodeport Northsider
Date: August, 2015

SA Film earns 3 Global Film Award nominations

Publisher: Screen Africa online
Date: August, 2015

Cinema Release

Safe Bet releases in cinemas in South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe from 11 March 2016. Watch the movie’s trailer on the home page and find the cinema nearest to you in the list.

GAUTENG

  • Carlton Centre

  • 150 Commissioner Street, Johannesburg CBD.

  • Eastgate

  • 43 Bradford Road, Bedfordview, Johannesburg

  • Festival Mall

  • Cnr CR Swart Drive and Kelvin Street, Kempton Park

GAUTENG

    Maponya Mall

  • 2127 Chris Hani Rd, Soweto

  • Newtown Junction

  • Cnr Miriam Makeba and President Street, Newtown, Johannesburg
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EASTERN CAPE

    The Bridge Sterkinekor

  • The Bridge, Ring Road, Port Elizabeth

NORTH WEST

    Waterfall Mall Sterkinekor

  • 1 Augrabies Ave, Cashan Ext 12, Rustenburg

NAMIBIA

    Maerua Sterkinekor

  • Maerua Mall, Windhoek, Central Namibia

ZAMBIA

    Arcades Mall

  • Munali, Lusaka

Contact Us


Production Company Contacts

Sukuma Media

To contact our co-funders


Gauteng Film Commission (GFC)



National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF)


International sales agent


Ten10films