An early version of the South African film Tsotsi, which won the Oscar
for best foreign-language film, is being pirated in South Africa with a
different ending from the one that appeared in the theatrical release, the BBC
reported today (Tuesday). According to the broadcaster, director Gavin Hood
actually filmed three different endings before settling on the one shown in
theaters. However, the pirate version -- which is reportedly selling on the
streets of Johannesburg for less than a quarter of the bona fide version --
uses an ending from a rough-cut that was allegedly stolen from the editing room
before the final cut was completed. The BBC quoted Hood as saying, "It's a
rough mess, so anyone who buys it is getting a poor-quality version."
The BBC drama starring Aidan Turner returns to BBC One on September 4th.