The completely independent, all South African production Death of a Whistleblower tells a story that spans generations of South African history and looks at the coercive, sinister methods employed by those who wish to remain in power above all else. It’s also a tight thriller that, according to those involved, emphasizes entertainment along with its depiction of an important facet of its nation’s identity.
I had the chance to speak with director Ian Gabriel and six members of the cast – Noxolo Dlamini, Irshaad Ally, Kathleen Stephens, Anthony Oseyemi, Inez Robertson, and S’thandiwe Kgoroge – about being part of this film, what it means to be able to tell stories like this, and their excitement about it making its debut in Toronto.
You can watch the video above, and read below for an official summary and where to watch.
When investigative journalist Luyanda Masinda narrowly survives the assassination of her whistleblower lover, she joins forces with his inside man to expose the deep-rooted state capture of military assets by a corrupt and powerful group who will stop at nothing to protect their illicit chemical weapons trade across Africa.
Death of a Whistleblower makes its world premiere in the Centrepiece section of the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival.