Sunday, November 27, 2011

News: There Are No Heroes (Film)

There Are No Heroes: A Science Fiction Film of Cape Town, South Africa

Though I typically blog about novels, I'd like to help draw attention to this dystopian cyberpunk drama.  There Are No Heroes was brought to my attention by Kyle Stevenson, the director, co-writer, and co-producer, and it looks like a promising independent film. 

There Are No Heroes has a somewhat roundabout connection to a novel I read and loved, Lauren Beukes’ Moxyland. Two years ago, Beukes’ publisher, Angry Robot, held a competition for short stories inspired by Moxyland. One of the top three stories of this competition was “Land of the Blind”, by Charlie Human.  There Are No Heroes is a 48-minute independent student production of this short story, made by Donald Leitch and Kyle Stevenson, of the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance.
Here’s the description of the plot, taken from the There Are No Heroes facebook:
“It has been several years since a nuclear power plant in Cape Town had a meltdown. The film follows Drew, a young single-mother and factory worker, who must fight to survive in a dystopian future Cape Town, ruled by a sinister pharmaceutical company called DARCORP.”
There Are No Heroes premiered at the AFDA film festival in Cape Town, South Africa, on November 19th. I pretty much loved Moxyland, so I am hoping that this Cape Town science fiction film, set in the same universe, will be able to make its way into many international festivals. For instance, I personally would love to have a chance to see There Are No Heroes somewhere local, like at Geneva’s annual Movie Festival.

Below is the official trailer!

*Information and promotional materials are taken from the There Are No Heroes Facebook group.


  1. Oh, thanks for highlighting a South African masterpiece! I live in Cape Town. Enough said :)

  2. Did you see it at the film festival? It looks really interesting, so I'm hoping I get a chance to watch it someday. :)