Available on digital September 3 from Terror Films, The Tokoloshe : The Calling.
A successful writer and media personality, takes his wife and their adopted Zulu daughter to an abandoned hotel in The Transkei, located in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, to finish his much-anticipated follow up novel. Once there, strange things begin to occur inside the hotel. The family soon learns that the hotel has a dark past in which many murders were carried out since it opened in 1808, including rumours that the land is cursed due to being stolen from its native people.
Meanwhile, in a city nearby, a high school teacher is experiencing strange visions and dreams, as “something” seems to be calling her back to the same hotel for some unfinished business.
Through a sequence of events, the teacher and the family find themselves confronting a mythical creature that haunts people as they sleep and even possesses some – a creature known as the Tokoloshe.
From writer/director Richard Green, and starring Sir Roel Twijnstra, Sibongiseni Shezi and Angela Balkovic, The Tokoloshe : The Calling is available on digital platforms Sep 3 from Terror Films.
“When Arish Sirkissoon approached me with this concept of the “Tokoloshe” I thought, “you’re kidding right?” On more research I discovered that the TOKOLOSHE is actually an incredibly interesting and resonate character that takes on many forms across South African cultural. HORROR is not my genre so I found the challenge intriguing. Arish and I embarked on a journey of making this film and along the way we both discovered the very special and very African world of the “Tokoloshe”. The film embraces cultural and gender diversity exploring a unique and very extraordinary world of the “Tokoloshe”.
Writer/ Director- Richard Green
“I always felt like the world needed an authentic TOKOLOSHE Film. A horror story that showed the beauty and diversity of South Africa. I needed that story to be accessible to the world. Growing up I heard the stories and it always fascinated me. The concept transcends all races, religions and cultures.
No matter who you are in South Africa, you have heard a story. The stories diversify depending on region and beliefs. I wanted to combine these findings and create a new world. I think myself and Richard have created a product that will travel. It is like nothing you have ever seen. As an independent filmmaker you’re always chasing a final product with limited funds. Sometimes you have to grind your teeth and find a way to complete the project. There is always something that keeps you up at night.
Writer/ Executive Producer- Arish Sirkissoon (LX SETH)