'Number 37': Hitchcock inspired thriller by Nosipho Dumisa gears up for November release

In a gritty homage to Hitchcock favorite 'Rear Window', director Dumisa's film focuses on the residents of a block of apartments in the down-and-out Cape Flats neighborhood


                            'Number 37': Hitchcock inspired thriller by Nosipho Dumisa gears up for November release

Award-winning Hitchcockian suspense thriller 'Number 37' is gearing up for big November releases. Filmed in Cape Town, the movie will release in select theaters throughout November and On Demand from November 20 from Dark Star Pictures.

In a gritty homage to perennial Alfred Hitchcock favorite 'Rear Window', director Nosipho Dumisa's film focuses on the residents of a block of apartments in the down-and-out Cape Flats neighborhood – which, with its petty thugs, crooked cops, violent loan sharks, and troubled pastors, soon reveals itself to be a very different place from the Greenwich Village of 1954's 'Rear Window'. 

Irshaad Ally, Monique Rockman, Ephraim Gordon, Sandi Schultz, Danny Ross, David Manuel, Elton Landrew, and Deon Lotz form the cast of the upcoming film, which is scripted by director Dumisa, Travis Taute, and Daryne Joshua. Check out the official trailer here:

The official synopsis of the film describes it as: "Set in a rough section of Cape Town, 'Number 37' follows Randal Hendricks, a small-time crook who becomes wheelchair-bound in a drug deal gone wrong, and his hard-working girlfriend Pam Ismael. To distract Randal during his homebound days of limited mobility, Pam gives him a pair of binoculars."

It continues: "While idly surveying his block, he accidentally witnesses a dirty cop being executed by his gangster neighbor Lawyer. With a loan shark breathing down his neck, Randal decides to blackmail Lawyer, and enlists the help of both his girlfriend and his friend Warren. When the plan goes horribly awry, Randal’s options get more and more restricted—and not even local detective Gail February, investigating the death of her partner, may be able to help him."



Considering the film pays tribute to 'Rear Window', speaking on the same topic, Dumisa shared with Deadline that, "When I saw 'Rear Window', I would look at this film that was so amazing and full of so much tension but I would think the binoculars for Jimmy Stewart are really just about 'great I got nothing else to do'." Further, she added about her film that: "I was more interested in looking at these binoculars as more of an escape for a person growing up in these in these blocks where there is so much crime and drug abuse and gangsterism."

"I was really interested in digging into the relationship between Randall and Pam," added Dumisa. "It’s a thriller, it’s not a drama, so it’s not this amazing love story but at the same time there’s all this heart behind it and it adds the layers that I think is what people have been connecting to."