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Skeem (2011 film)

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Directed byTim Greene
Produced byTim Greene
Release date
  • 2011 (2011)
CountrySouth Africa

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Skeem is a 2011 South African movie that was directed, written, and produced by Tim Greene.[1] It premiered on 16 October 2011 at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, where it won the Audience's Choice Award,[2][3] and opened to local theaters in South Africa later that same month.[4]

Of the film, Greene has stated that he wanted to create a film that South Africans could watch that they could be proud of and "doesn't beat them up, lash them and make them feel like watching South African films is like penance".[4] The title track for the film, "Oons behoort mos saam", was sung by Jack Parow and EJ von Lyrik.[5]


The film centers on two friends who discover a cardboard cash filled with a million dollars after their car breaks down. They decide to stay at a nearby resort, where the staff and other guests quickly discover that the pair has a large amount of money, causing everyone to create plans to steal the cash.


  • Wandile Molebatsi
  • Kurt Schoonraad
  • Lilani Prinsen
  • Grant Swanby
  • Michelle Scott

John & John[edit]

In 2017 Greene criticized Ghanaian director Kofi Asamoah, stating that the film John & John copied the script and characters in Skeem.[6] Greene became aware of the film after reporters approached him to ask Greene his feelings over the movie, which Asamoah was calling an authorized adaptation.[6][7] No legal action was taken, as Greene's lawyers informed him that the cost of pursuing an intellectual property case against Asamoah in time and money would not make it worthwhile.[8] Asamoah responded to the claims, stating that he had received permission to adapt the movie.[9]


The Guardian reviewed the film alongside another South African film releasing around the same time, Khalo Matabane’s A State of Violence, stating that the two portray very different portrayals of the country and that "Skeem seems to take place in a South Africa where race is of no particular relevance, a South Africa in which all such social divisions have disappeared in the scrabble for personal gain."[10]


  • Audience's Choice Award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (2011, won)[11]


  1. "Director's Chat". Tim Greene. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  2. "SA film Skeem scoops international award". The Sowetan. 24 October 2011.
  3. "Local Director, Tim Greene, to Compete with World's Best..." SPL!NG. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Smith, Theresa (October 29, 2011). "Tim Greene schemes 'Skeem' won't be like a penance for SA audiences". Saturday Star.
  5. Lewis, Megan (2016-12-01). Performing Whitely in the Postcolony: Afrikaners in South African Theatrical and Public Life. University of Iowa Press. pp. 583–584. ISBN 9781609384487. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  6. 6.0 6.1 Langa, Phumlani S. (2017-06-25). "Dude hijacked my film!". Channel 24. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  7. "'John & John' Becomes Ghana's First Successful Film Adaptation—Beating Box Office Records (VIDEO)". Peace FM Online. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  8. Doku, Francis. "Face Off: Kofi Asamoah and Tim Greene". Graphic Online. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  9. DONKOH, EBENEZER (2017-06-22). "Kofi Asamoah Must Live With The Fact That He Took Credit For My Work - Tim Greene". NYDJ Live. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  10. "A history of violence". Mail & Guardian. 28 October 2011.
  11. "Local film 'Skeem' beats big names to take major prize". The Star. Retrieved 2019-01-16.

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