The Retro Afrika Collection from IndiePix continues to grow. On June 18th, two more never-before-available Sollywood titles will hit DVD for the first time, and be available on the IndiePix Unlimited streaming service. The new titles on this go-around are the coming-of-age sports drama, Lola, and the lo-fi B-movie crime capper, One More Shot.
These forgotten and discarded genre classics of African cinema hail from Retro Afrika Bioscope, a label dedicated to locating, acquiring, restoring and re-releasing retro South African films from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Never seen before outside their borders, these apartheid-era films have all have undergone a highly-specialized digital restoration process for optimal viewing. Jason Coffman of Film Monthly says they’re “well worth a look for world cinema fans,” and Louis Fowler of the Red Dirt Report notes “this is the way cinema is supposed to be, without the studio notes and constant interference.”
Lola believes there’s more to life than just volleyball, and together with three of her friends, investigates the possibility of attending university after school. Mocked by an opposing team, who believe that university will suck them into a life of studying, with no time to focus on sport, the girls take it to the courts in an effort to prove them wrong. Constance Shangase, Lucaste Baloi, Gerald Nzimande and Matthew Monika star. (Zulu with English subtitles, 75 minutes)
One More Shot
After Ten-Ten, a known criminal, is released from prison, he sets out on a revenge mission against former boxer, Johnny Tough, who was responsible for his incarceration. Teaming with his friend, Fly, a crime boss involved in human trafficking, they set a trap for Johnny by kidnapping his lawyer friend’s beautiful daughter, with the intention of selling her into slavery. But Johnny isn’t called Tough for nothing, and together with his pal, they systematically take down the syndicate one hoodlum at a time. Written and directed by Ronnie Isaacs, ONE MORE SHOT stars Hector Rabotapi as Johnny Tough, Dominic Tyawa and Joe Ford. (Zulu with English subtitles, 60 minutes)
Looking for a deeper dive into Sollywood? Don’t miss other classic Retro Afrika titles available now, including Umbango and Revenge, a pair of unforgettable Zulu Westerns, Fishy Stones, Gone Crazy and The Comedians, a trio of outsized, humorous crime capers representative of the genre, Rich Girl and Hostage, a pair of taut kidnapping dramas and Charlie Steel, a thriller featuring the eponymous renowed private investigator.