Ahead of the film’s debut at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), MovieWeb can exclusively premiere a clip of umbrella men. The film will have its world premiere on September 10, 2022, followed by two additional public screenings along with press and industry screenings via TIFF. For now, you can take a look at umbrella men watching our clip below.
In the clip, Jerome (Jaques Da Silva) is outside the Goema Club with Mortimer (Keenan Arrison) and Mila (Bronté Snell). Disheartened that Mila served him an eviction notice, Jerome discusses the bank’s unwillingness to settle his million rand debt. Mila thinks they could solve this by organizing events like corporate concerts, jazz and dance nights. Jerome is not convinced and is faced with the harsh reality that he stands to lose everything his family has built over the years.
umbrella men is directed by John Barker (Bunny Chow: Know Thyself, isibaya) who also wrote alongside Philip Roberts. It stars Jacques Da Silva, Shamilla Miller (Lies of love and hybrids), Keenan Harrison (atlantis), and Bronte Snell (atlantis). The film is produced by Joel Phiri, Dan Jawitz, Tshepiso Chikapa Phiri, Themba Mfebe, and John Barker. The music is written by South African jazz pianist Kyle Shepard.
The Umbrella Men is a Caper Heist comedy
umbrella men draws inspiration from and compares to similar genre films like the lady killers, Turn it off, the inner man, sexy beast, the italian jobY Ocean’s Eleven, among others. It is described as an “incredible cinematic ride, encompassing the best of heist-and-capture comedy set in the colorful and culturally rich Bo Kaap area of Cape Town.” The film follows a group of musicians who are forced to rob a bank during the city’s Carnival in an effort to save their beloved nightclub, a spiritual home for their entire community.
The film has received good reviews in South Africa, with sunday times and noted that “through ‘Afrikaaps’ phrases, nuance and humour, Barker has beautifully captured a marginalized and often misrepresented culture.” It is currently being sold by Known Associates Entertainment in Toronto.
umbrella men premieres at TIFF on September 10, 2022. You can watch the official trailer and synopsis for the film below. Some of the other comedies that will be featured at TIFF include Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Stories that should not be toldand the highly anticipated biopic “Weird Al” Yankovic directed by Daniel Radcliffe Weird: The Al Yankovic Story. For more information, check out our full breakdown of TIFF’s comedy selection.
Jerome returns to Cape Town to bury his father. He is surprised to learn that his father has left him the jazz club (The Goema) and the club’s minstrel company, The Umbrella Men. Just as he is getting used to the idea of owning a club, Jerome discovers that the bank is foreclosing on the club unless he can raise a million rand in cash within 14 days.