Five Fingers for Marseilles

Menoana e Mehlano ea Marseilles

A wildly thrilling and deftly constructed Western-genre-inspired drama set across a boundless African landscape.


Dir Michael Matthews
Prod Asger Hussain, Yaron Schwartzman, Sean Drummond, Michael Matthews
Scr Sean Drummond
With Vuyo Dabula, Hamilton Dhlamini, Zethu Dlomo
South Africa
Prod Co Be Phat Motel Film Company

A deftly-constructed, Western-inspired drama, whose thrilling and intensely raw tone is made more breathtaking by the stunning backdrop it unfolds against. The vast landscape of South Africa’s Eastern Cape, with its rugged rural terrain and surrounding mountains, provides the spectacular setting for this story of five young friends who live in a community on the outskirts of the small, remote town of Marseilles. Fed up with the continual police harassment, they decide to take a stand. But things go terribly awry. Some 20 years later, one of the group returns to Marseilles. Once a feared gang leader, he now wants a peaceful life and to seek forgiveness for his past actions. With its excellent cast, led by a superb central performance from Vuyo Dabula, Five Fingers for Marseilles is a tension-driven drama, building inexorably towards a climactic, High Noon-style showdown.

Keith Shiri