This 34 minute short film by Media Navigation and the National Freedom Network aims to educate the public on ‘Lover Boy Recruitment',    a tactic by human traffickers to lure and trap victims.  Many victims are then sold into the sex trade.

The short film is based on Chapter 32 of Kris Hollington’s book “Unthinkable”. It has been adapted for the South African context.

Director/Producer/Editor - Dan Akinlolu, Media Navigation

Project Sponsor - Marina Reyneke, National Freedom Network

Production Manager - Nicolette Hocking                 

Scriptwriter - Sarah-Kate Edworthy


Emma Tollman - Savannah

Jay Robson - Chat-up man/Narrator

JP du Plessis - Journalist

Reitumetse Thipe - Social worker

Andre Durand - Father

Anthony Hopley - Extra for party scene/club/brothel

Captain Deoun Moodley - Policeman

Captain Millicent Mgcina - Policewoman

Constable Siya Sobekwa - Policeman

Isaac Phiri - Gang member

Leneé Peterson - Step mother

Magery Hall - School friend

Musa Tadebe - School friend

Naki Naphiwe - School friend

Pascalle Durand - Sister

Samuel Hocking - Gang member

Soyiso Ndaba - Gang member

Warrant Officer Jaco van Rooyen - Policeman

Wole Obafemi - Gang member

Zola Cele - Extra for party scene/club/brothel


Aaron Phiri - Gaffer

Ernest Sithole - Director of photography

Jath van der Westhuizen - Behind the scenes cameraman

Mpho Thejane - Steadycam Operator

Portia Matjokana - Producer Online/Continuity

Princess Thobeka - Make-up artist

Sandile Mafu - Production Assistant

Thato Daso - DOP for Arri Alexa camera

Wolf Riseborough - Artist

Further Acknowledgements

Media Navigation - Sponsor

Media Film Services - Sponsor

Rotary Club Bedfordview - Sponsor

LexisNexis - Sponsor

Imperial - Sponsor

Romans Pizza Fourways - Sponsor

Crossroads Trauma Centre - Location van der Bijl

Appletons Village Centre Management - Location Randburg

3A Cellular - Location Randburg

Rosedales Gift & Décor - Location Randburg

Bidon's Bistro - Location Muldersdrift

Rae Lurie - The Radio Company

Norman & Maralyn Hanna - Artist/Décor

Austin Mpandawana - Tzedakah Meat Market T/A Windsor Butchery

Amy Dowse - Amy Lauren's by Hand

Catarina Allison - Sponsor

Barbeque Downs Community - Event Sponsor

Behind the Scenes: Day 1 

Behind the Scenes: Day 2 & 3

 Comments on the short film


Unthinkable: Launch Event