RONNIES Motors in East London will have a starring role of sorts in local movie Knuckle City, which sees seven high-end Mercedes-Benz vehicles feature in the highly anticipated film about the world of boxing in this region.
Knuckle City tells the story of the life of a a struggling boxer from Mdantsane, Dudu Nyakama, who with the help of his criminal brother finds himself taking on the biggest boxing match of the year.
The film has sweeping views of Quigney Promenade, Buffalo Harbour and the beachfront, along with a host of other famous landmarks. in the area.
“Mercedes-Benz and Ronnies Motors are synonymous with East London and it is only fitting to celebrate the history of Mercedes-Benz in this region within our film,“ said Knuckle City producer Layla Swart.
The film’s director, Jahmil XT Qubeka, said about Ronnies Motors: “My father used to take us along to Ronnies Motors to buy our family vehicles when I was younger.
“It has always been a part of the fabric of the fondest memories of my childhood,” he added.
To enhance local talent, producer Swart said the film had brought in more new talent from East London.
“We are excited to reveal the casting of young Mdantsane talents in film. Fifteen-year-old Inganathi Mthizane and seven year-old Elethu Mfombi have been cast as the younger versions of the two leads in the film and get to spend time rubbing shoulders with some of SA’s finest acting talents,” said the producer.
“We are thrilled to be associated with this internationally acclaimed production company and to be given the opportunity to showcase the beauty of Mercedes-Benz in the film,” Ronnies marketing & customer relations manager Denise Norris said.
The film features some of the country’s finest acting talents, including Bongile Mantsai, Thembekile Komani, Patrick Ndlovu and Nomhle Nkonyeni.
Knuckle City is endorsed by the Eastern Cape Development Council, Mzansi Magic, and the department of trade and industry.