Pop Lock ‘n Roll is a new local film about finding the strength to dance again despite life and its unexpected, heart-breaking curveballs. Set to open on 29 September, the cast is led by avid hip hop dancer and ‘Isidingo’ mainstay Maurice Paige, and singer-songwriter and actress Yasirah Bhelz.
The film is directed by Ziggy Hofmeyr and produced by Mayenzeke Baza, founder of Mandela Bay Pictures. It features dance feats and routines accompanied by some of South Africa’s best produced hip hop and dance music.
“For decades, dance movies have taught audiences valuable lessons about pursuing your dreams, expressing yourself, and being true to your heart above all else, to the point of obsession,” says Hofmeyr. “Audiences love dance films because they are filled with adversity, rivalry, passion, and obstacles to overcome.”
Hofmeyr says he was excited to work with the large and talented production team behind the film, which is on a scale not seen before in South African dance films. “The leads pushed themselves to the limit for the film with many months of professional dance training from a range of top hip-hop dance choreographers,” he says. “More than 50 professional dancers feature in the film including top dance crews from around the country. With eight choreographers on board, hip-hop music and dance in all its local variations are the foundation on which the film is built. Some of the styles featured include crumping, voguing, popping, locking, pantsula and breakdancing.”
Pop Lock ‘n Roll is releasing nationwide on 29 September and the premiere will take place on 20 September in Johannesburg.