Banned South African Action Film JOE BULLET Storms Back To Screens With Restored Release

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
Produced in 1971, Louis de Witt's South African crime film Joe Bullet was one of the first films from that nation to feature an all black cast. Of course, in 1971 South Africa was also in the grips of the apartheid government and so after just two public screenings the film was banned by the government and not seen again for over forty years.

But no more! Joe Bullet has returned in a newly restored version soon to screen in selection at the Durban International Film Festival! Here's how they describe it:

Joe Bullet tells the story of a mysterious gangster who starts sabotaging soccer team The Eagles' chance at winning the upcoming championship final. In the criminal underworld of soccer, only Joe Bullet can save the championship. Produced in 1971, Joe Bullet was one of the first South African films featuring an all-African cast. The film was independently released in 1973 but, after only two screenings, was banned by the Apartheid government. Now, after more than 40 years, the film has been digitally restored and is finally available for world-wide release, courtesy of the Gravel Road film restoration project.

Take a look at the trailer below!
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  • Todd Harrington

    I want everything possibly regarding this film: a blu-ray, a one-sheet, a CD with the score and theme song. Awesome as a time-capsule and just plain awesome, period.

  • The_Whore_Whisperer

    I'd have to be in the right mood to watch this - preferably coked up with some chick blowing me at the same time.

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