June 10, 2019

Supermama – South Africa’s First Ever Black Female Superhero


The Adventures of Supermama opens at selected cinemas nationwide on 14 June 2019.

Produced by Rory Downing and Damon Berry and directed by Karen van Schalkwyk, this adventure comedy feature film will have audience laughing from beginning to end. The film features some great stunt and fight sequences while amusingly tackling South Africa’s social challenges like crime and corruption.

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The Adventures of Supermama stars an A-list cast. Nomsa Buthelezi, South African Film and Television Award winner (SAFTA’s 13), takes on her first feature film lead role. She plays the stubborn and heroic Doris Ratabane, an ordinary family woman with a passion for fighting crime. Also featuring in this entertaining family movie, is the much liked South African celebrity and accomplished actor Desmond Dube and well known Michael Mabizela who plays Doris’s husband, Jabu Ratabane.


Leo Ming as Mr Hung and Nomsa Buthelezi as Supermama

Making his debut as an actor is martial arts expert Leo Ming, who plays the role of Supermama’s Kung Fu master, Mr Hung. Child star Siyabonga Mtshali plays Doris’s number one fan (Tiny), and Joe Vaz (Mr. Kilber) and EFC heavyweight fighter Bernardo Mikixi (Black Jack) also his debut film, conclude this ensemble of actors.


Siyabonga Mtshali as Tiny and Desmond Dube as the Police Commissioner

The film has already made a positive entrance at numerous industry recognized festivals, such as the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), Jozi Film Festival and CTIFF. It was also nominated for Best Comedy of the year at the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) 2018. Most recently it was selected to screen as part of the official selection for Africa Film Trinidad & Tobago 2019 – an annual film festival showcasing the best of contemporary and classic films from the continent and the African diaspora.

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Director, Karen van Schalkwyk says she is thrilled that audiences will have the opportunity to see the film on circuit and that it has been well received at various festivals. “It has been the culmination of many years of hard work. It was great fun making this film and it is fantastic that Supermama can finally have a life of her own and get out there into the world.”

Supermama’s remarkable journey to becoming a crime fighter with a homemade costume, karate chops and an over-inflated ego is what makes the film so original and amusing, making it a definite must see for the South African audience and movie patrons.

“There is no doubt that this movie will be well received by the South African audience, and we are pleased that this unique film will be released by very supportive partners of South African film industry; Nu Metro and Century Cinemax” says producer Rory Downing. He goes on to say “I believe that the South African audience would like to be entertained at cinema’s and are tired and apathetic of the selection of local films that are currently been promoted and distributed. It is obvious by the recent success of comedy and action films that audiences would prefer to watch entertaining films that offer some relief and laughter from the everyday grind. After all Entertainment is about escapism and is a great vehicle to promote hope and overcoming the odds.”

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The Adventures of Supermama is a fresh South African movie for the whole family and a great privilege for us at Supermama Films to be the first to present a South African Black Female Superhero for the big screen; making it an exceptional box office leader in aligning with the Film industry’s transformation agenda,” says producer Damon Berry.  “Trust us, Nomsa Buthelezi went the extra mile for her role as Supermama. Just wait until you see Nomsa in her fight sequences. She packs a punch!” he adds.

The public can look forward to the first movie release on 14 June at selected Nu Metro Cinemas nationwide, as well as the Century CinemaX Cinema in Northgate Johannesburg; preceded by a star studded premier set to take place on Wednesday 12 June.

You’ll be able to watch The Adventures of Supermama at any of the following participating cinemas:

  • Nu Metro, Canal Walk, Cape Town
  • Nu Metro, Menlyn, Pretoria
  • Nu Metro, Mamelodi, Pretoria
  • The Pavilion, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Trade Route Mall, Lenasia, Johannesburg
  • Westgate Shopping Centre,
  • Century Cinemax Cinema, Northgate, Johannesburg

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