LOGLINE: When an ex-soldier turned analyst is attacked by gunmen at his wife’s café for exposing corrupt leaders; Marshall must use his old training to take gunmen out.
SYNOPSIS: Marshall Owino, a family man and ex-soldier, is an analyst with a pharmaceutical corporation that deals with the manufacturing of ARV medication in Kenya. He finds incriminating information against this pharmaceutical company. Though life as he knew it would never be the same, he chooses to stay and fight.
He finds out that the actual cost of manufacture and the price that the Government bought the drug at was heavily marked up to fill the pockets of Government officials who owned huge stakes in the company.
When he publishes this information to the public, Marshall immediately knows that his life is in danger. The powers that be have sent an elite hit squad to hunt and kill Marshall. Marshall has laid bait and he waits for them. The hunters become the hunted.
The story is premised on three key themes:
- We are never really in control. Life as we know it could change in the flickering of an eye.
- Corruption amongst politician and corporate bosses alongside and the theory that media as an organ has been used as pawns by crooked politician.
- Family values – we see the sacrifices that Marshall and his wife must give separately and together only to have forces way powerful than they tear them apart.
The film had a theatrical release in Nairobi and 2020 would have been the year to do festival runs but Covid-19 hit the world. This is why we opted to release our film through Video On Demand (VOD) platforms.
The film won three significant awards at Kalasha Awards 2019 for Best Short Film, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing.
Why the Action Genre
“Whistleblower is a story that I wrote with the mission of breaking into a genre unexplored in Kenya – Action. Watching action movies all my life the thought of a noble warrior kicking the bad guy’s behind and getting the girl has always been a narrative I have loved. I always wondered whether we could ever achieve this in Kenya. So I wrote The WhistleBlower. “ Kenji Gathecha Film Director.
“We grew up on films like The Matrix, Rush Hour featuring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker amongst others. We wondered if this was achievable in Kenya by Kenyans. So we tried and here we are.” Beatrice Wangondu – Film Producer
Our lead talents are some of the few most transformational actors you have seen. Kenya is not even ready!
JOE KINYUA, a former accountant and die-hard karaoke lover, got his first acting role as a theater actor in 2008. Joe has since become a household name starring in Television commercials, Television shows and films.
Some of his iconic work can be seen in The WhistleBlower Film (Amazon UK & Vumi Central), Watu Wote film (Oscar nominee 2018), Njoro wa Uba TV series (Maisha Magic), Sue na Jonnie TV series (Maisha Magic), Run Honeymooners film (MNET), Changes TV series (MNET) Lies that Bind (KTN) Briefcase Inc. (KTN) Strata Movie (Independent), See Them Run (MNET) and The Fifth Estate movie amongst others.
Joe is amongst the very few transformative actors in East Africa. He is driven by discipline and is very professionalism. His ultimate challenge as an artist is to present the world with a one-man play!
CHARITY NYAMBURA is cheerful 4′ 11 theatre producer, script supervisor, singer and an actor for screen and stage. You may have spotted her in the TV series ‘Groove Theory’, ‘Makutano Junction’, ‘Anne & Abel’ (Mnet), ‘The Trap House’ (NTV) and ‘Tujaribu’ (KTN)
Charity is also a background vocalist for Eric Wainaina, June Gachui and Webi.
Her dream is to explore her entire God-given artistry in addition to raising a dog, a cat & a white mouse as siblings in her home!
The young girl on the film is Abel Mutua’s daughter Stephanie. They shot with her for a day and what a sport she was!
The Stunt coordinator
One of the most ingenious artists of our generation is Lwanda Jawar! He is most famous for his acting and stunts on Sense8(Netflix). He just returned from Morocco where he was working on a feature film that is currently in postproduction.
He trained in Germany and is one of the few Stunts choreographers in East and Central Africa. His other notable works include Stunts Choreography on Rafiki Film (Wanuri Kahiu), First Grader (National Geographic), Kona (MNET) Rugged Priest (Bob Nyanja KE).
He runs LJK Stunts based in Nairobi Kenya with service provision to the rest of African.
How was the film made possible?
“Collaboration! Our film culture is to support each other in our various projects whether it is through skill or equipment and any other way possible. We had many people who came on board to assist the making of this film and we believe this one of many to come” – Bea Wangondu
Meet the Director
KENJI GATHECHA is a multifaceted personality who considers himself a never- ending student of music and film. He is an award winning cinematographer turned director.
His directorial debut for the film ‘The WhistleBlower’ won him three awards at the last edition of Kenya’s Kalasha Awards; Best Short Film, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing.
Kenji has previously worked on some of Africa’s biggest formats amongst them three (3) seasons of Coke Studio Africa, Tusker Project Fame and has directed many projects on MNET’s Maisha Magic East channel.
Kenji’s first love is the personal narratives, which he considers a catalyst growth as a Film Director.
Meet the Producer
BEA WANGONDU: The visual world has always fascinated her. Her passion has grown over the years through education, media exposure and hands on experience to join the best in her generation.
Her independent works include the Independent documentary film ‘Wariyaha’ filmed in Mogadishu, Somalia; ‘Rastasophical moods’ film in Uganda and ‘Death in The desert’, a feature length documentary about a massacre in North Kenya.
She produced Safaricom’s Be your Own Boss (BYOB) TV series Season 1 & 2 and worked in production of 56 1-hour Africa Magic films for MNET amongst many other films, TV shows and TV commercials.
She is currently in development for a Feature film and a Television Series
Our friend, Lemmy Bilari, a performing artist from Texas USA, produced our music for a very small fee; and what a vibe it is!
The film has already been classified by the Kenya Film Classification Board(KFCB) who gave us a GV for general viewing meaning the film can be watched by all.
The film has recently found a home at VumiCentral where audiences can easily access it at only Ksh110 (USD 1) for a monthly rental fee.
All funds drawn from this pool will go into building a TV series based upon the short film.
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