FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES

By Michael MATTHEWS

BE PHAT MOTEL FILM COMPANY - as PROD

Western - Completed 2017

Once the young ‘Five Fingers’ fought brutal oppression for the rural town of Marseilles. Now, after fleeing in disgrace, freedom-fighter-turned-‘outlaw’ Tau returns, seeking only peace. When he finds the town under new threat, he must reluctantly fight to free it. Will the Five Fingers ride again?

Festivals
& Awards

Busan IFF 2017
Flash Forward
Toronto - TIFF 2017
Discovery
BFI London FF 2017
Fantastic Fest 2017
    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Western, Thriller
    • Countries
    • SOUTH AFRICA, USA
    • Languages
    • SESOTHO, ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 120 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Michael MATTHEWS
    • Writer(s)
    • Sean DRUMMOND
    • Producer(s)
    • Michael MATTHEWS (Be Phat Motel), Sean DRUMMOND (Be Phat Motel), Yaron SCHWARTZMAN (Game 7 Films), Asger HUSSAIN (Game 7 Films)
    • Synopsis
    • Apartheid South Africa: The community of Railway, attached to the remote town of Marseilles, are the victims of brutal police oppression and only the young ‘Five Fingers’ are willing to stand up to them. Their battle is heartfelt but innocent, until hot-headed Tau kills two policemen in an act of passion. He flees, leaving his brothers and friends behind, but his action has triggered a violent fight that will leave both Marseilles and the Five Fingers changed.

      Twenty years later, Tau is released from prison, now a feared and brutal outlaw, ‘The Lion of Marseilles’. But scarred and empty, he renounces violence and returns to Marseilles desiring only peace and to reconnect with those he left behind. At first, Tau finds Marseilles a town seemingly at peace. The battle for freedom was won, and now the grown Five Fingers are in prominent positions – as mayor, police chief and pastor of the old church. But rather than the haven he hoped for, Marseilles is caught in the grip of a vicious new threat and to Tau's dismay, his old allies themselves may have allowed it in.

      Tau can keep his head down only so long. When he and his loved ones become direct targets, he is reluctantly compelled to fight again, once and for all. Calling on his partners-in-crime and with new friends at his side, Tau reforms the Five Fingers. Standing against old allies and new enemies alike, they must put their lives at the greatest risk for the sake of Marseilles. It’s their duty to protect it. Even from each other.

      ‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’ fuses western influences, from classic to spaghetti and revisionist eras, into a contemporary South African drama played in local tongue by four generations of acclaimed South African stars, led by television icon, Vuyo Dabula. The great westerns have always contained socio-political threads, and Five Fingers’ loose allegory on today’s South Africa is edge-of-the-seat, and starkly human.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Jul 18, 2016
    • End of shooting
    • Aug 20, 2016
Distribution Country
Release date
Distributor
Rights
Local title
Company Country Roles