A South African Carjacking Story

Shaun Mansfield and his wife Natasha, thought it would be like any other Sunday. The headlights of an approaching car, flicker in the distance. Natasha smiles at Shaun in content. She could not be happier. The approaching car slows and suddenly swerves in their path. Four of it's hooded occupants exit the vehicle, bearing AK-47s. They order Shaun, Natasha and their two girls out of the car and shoot them, execution style. Shaun, a former South African special forces operative, overpowers one of the hijackers. After a brief scuffle, he too succumbs to an AK-47 slug.

The rhythmic beep of the heart monitor, cuts through the hospital room. "Mr. Mansfield, you are lucky to be alive." A doctor in a white coat is looking down at his patient. Shaun casts his mind back to his days in the navy, when he conducted sea, search and rescue ops, dangling from an Oryx. He remembers the SADF's fight against Umkhonto WeSizwe and the ANC. He recalls the days that followed, when he campaigned against Apartheid and read smuggled copies of the Freedom Charter, at university. He reminisces about moments, when he stood huddled with his buddies, around cracking coals at a braai and drank cold ale.

Moses Ndulu is in a Soweto shabeen. He is an old friend of Shaun and he is planning revenge for the Mansfield massacre. Moses and Shaun have identified the killers as part of a rogue South African Police Unit, responsible for a series of robberies and bloody murders. Knowing that there will be no justice in a country where crime is out of control, the two friends have assembled a team to execute the revenge hit. However, seconds before they move in, Shaun reconsiders. His time in recovery has given him pause to doubt his motives. He reasons that their blind quest for revenge, will only add to the violence that has plagued the country. It would not be a fitting memory for Natasha. Shaun persuades Moses and the team to back down, but before they move out, they are attacked by the killers, forcing them to play their hand. The perpetrators of the Mansfield massacre are eliminated, one by one, leaving Shaun and his team bloodied, but still standing.

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Solomon P.I. Is About To Get Hot

When Solomon P.I. takes on an investigation to find his son's killer, in Tel Aviv, he will need to wrestle with his conflict of personal vengeance over the quest for justice. An old foe, drug-runner and extortionist Ivan Yarkoni, is determined to scuttle Solomon's efforts.

Top notch public investigator and prosecutor, Kerri Kornfield provides leads and backup to the investigation. While passions between Kerri and Solomon run deep, they work as a team to uncover the truth. When Russian agent Boris Yelin provides surprising intel, the investigation is poised to take a new turn.

Will Solomon's psychic powers, be enough to provide him with the edge he needs, to crack this case open?

Searching For Agent Boris Yelin


Solomon Weinstein P.I. and Publuc Attorney Kerri Kornfield are looking for Russian agent Boris Yellin.

Revisiting Apartheid South Africa

Shaun Mansfield and his wife Natasha, thought it would be like any other Sunday. The headlights of an approaching car, flicker in the distance. Natasha smiles at Shaun in content. She could not be happier. The approaching car slows and suddenly swerves in their path. Four of it’s hooded occupants exit the vehicle, bearing AK-47s. READ MORE
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New Detective Drama In Production 2014



Press Release 

A new film about a private investigator, who is searching for the killer of his murdered son, is set for release, this summer 2014. The short film, in English, is the forerunner to a full feature film, created as part of the Solomon Weinstein franchise. The production is being filmed on location in Tel Aviv and is written and directed by Grant de Graf. Seasoned filmmaker Adam Dunhoff contributes as Assistant Director and DOP. The lead character of Solomon Weinstein, is played by South African born Grant de Graf. He is complemented by an experienced acting cast who include, Ben Katz, Effy, Saar Badishi, Ashley Goldstein, Goonda Keter Yaniv, Victoria Katsman, Idan Dadon, Dina Stein, Jonathan David Cohen, Eva Tunik, Yael Tamar.

The storyline is compelling. When Solomon P.I., a man with psychic powers, takes on an investigation to find his son's killer, in Tel Aviv, he will need to wrestle with his conflict of personal vengeance over the quest for justice. An old foe, drug-runner and extortionist Ivan Yarkoni, is determined  to scuttle Solomon's efforts. Top notch public investigator and prosecutor, Kerri Kornfield provides leads and backup to the investigation. While passions between Kerri and Solomon run deep, they work as a team to uncover the truth. When Russian agent Boris Yelin provides surprising intel, the investigation is poised to take a new turn. Will Solomon's psychic powers, be enough to provide him with the edge, to crack this case open? 

The film is currently in production.