By Jenna BASS


First film - Pre-Production 2012

Cape Town: Louis, a demon possessing the body of a 14-year-old boy, is on the run. Forced to team up with the city’s only ghost welfare unit, The Black Cross, and a lost soul that refuses to leave, Louis soon discovers he is haunted by more than just ghosts…

    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • First film, Science-fiction, Thriller
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Jenna BASS
    • Writer(s)
    • Jenna BASS
    • Producer(s)
    • David HORLER (Proper Film), Kisha CAMERON-DINGLE (Completion Films)
    • Synopsis
    • Cape Town. Night time. We are a lost soul, a ghost, unsure of who we are. No one can see us, until we meet Louis, a demon, who possesses the dead body of a 14-year old street kid. Louis, like other demons, lives in the city’s shadows, devouring other, less fortunate souls when he can. Damned to immortality for a long-forgotten, unforgivable crime that he can’t remember, he’s now on the run for stealing ghosts from the demon organized Ghost Trade. But in us, he has found a ghost he cannot consume, a ghost that may be his body’s former owner, and hold the key to Louis’ own salvation.
      Louis’ relentless pursuit is lead by the unpredictable Dirk De Vos, leader of the Freak Police, who capture souls to sell into the Ghost Trade. When he discovers Louis injured from trying to consume us and failing, he’s suddenly desperate to stop Louis from getting to the bottom of the ghost’s identity. After Louis manages to escape, he realizes that has no choice but to team up with the people who can help get to the bottom of this: The Black Cross. The Black Cross is the city’s under-funded and disorganized ghost welfare unit, a group of human misfits who have taken on the task of saving lost souls. They’ve been unsuccessfully of late, helping what souls are not taken by the Freak Police or poached by demons, and helping them “cross over”. Led by ex-hippy, Mr Sam, and the death-obsessed, suicide-risk, also known as Fridge, The Black Cross is on its last legs. Fridge and Louis immediately take a dislike to each other, though they begin to realize they have more in common than they thought. When their retiring spirit medium, Norma suggest they seek the help of the revered township sangoma (traditional healer), the Ghost Mother, it’s the only lead they have. Instead, they find her niece, Chi, a charlatan posing as a true sangoma now on the verge of being lynched by the community she has duped. She quickly charms Fridge, but Louis doesn’t trust her. As the mob approaches, she has no choice: she joins Louis’s quest to solve the ghost’s mystery and earn himself a one-way ticket out of the world he hates.
      As the self-ascribed guardian angels careen across Cape Town following leads into the city’s spiritual underbelly, Louis begins to discover that even we, the ghost, are not all we seem. The formerly selfish demon finds himself trying desperately to hold The Black Cross together, keep Fridge away from high ledges, and keep all of them one step ahead of De Vos. As Chi tries to fill her aunt’s shoes, she discovers she’s not ready for the responsibilities that come with them, and powers that even she didn’t know she had. The clues lead the team into the underground world of ghost trafficking, where souls can be bought and sold, and unseen Ghost Trade boss, QP, clings to power. The name Johnny Valentine keeps cropping up, and perhaps this mysterious figure holds the answer to the ghost’s identity. But De Vos will stop at nothing to make sure they don’t find out. All the while, Louis is plagued by terrible memories he is sure are not his own… or are they? It seems the ghost is trying to tell Louis something about an unsolved shooting in the 1980s where a boy lost his life. Soon Louis will have to confront the fact that his investigation may be leading him back into his dark past and his own soul is catching up to him.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Aug 01, 2012