Beyond The River
Two men from vastly different walks of life have one thing in common: to win gold in the most arduous canoe marathon.
But there are a few things in their way. One has a marriage on the verge of collapse. The other is on the run from the law, and his so-called life. Then there’s the minor detail of them never before having competed as a team…
Somewhere along the river of their lives, there’s a confluence that changes both of them – forever.
Inspired by the true story of paddlers Siseko Ntondini and Piers Cruickshanks, Beyond the River will take you on a nail-biting adventure through the hills and valleys of their lives.
Starring screen legend, Grant Swanby (Blood Diamond, Mandela-Long Walk to Freedom and Invictus) as Steve, and Lemogang Tsipa (When We Were Black, Traffic! and Jab), who makes his debut lead role as Duma.
The acclaimed actor and our favourite screen gangster/bad boy, Israel Sipho Matseke Zulu (formerly Israel Makoe) takes on a new role as a good guy, Oupa, who is a canoeing mentor.
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Brought to the big screen by Heartlines and Quizzical Pictures, the movie was written by Craig Freimond and Robbie Thorpe, directed by Freimond and produced by Thorpe, Harriet Gavshon and Ronnie Apteker.
The beautifully shot film showcases some of South Africa’s spectacular KwaZulu-Natal landscapes and has been funded by the National Lotteries Commission, the Department of Trade and Industry, the National Film and Video Foundation and the KwaZulu Natal Film Commission, with sponsors Discovery Health, Vodacom and ADreach.
Lemogang Tsipa: Duma
Grant Swanby: Steve
Israel Sipho Matseke Zulu (formerly Israel Makoe): Oupa
Emily Child: Annie
Mary Twala: Gogo
Kgosi Mongake: Zama
Garth Breytenbach: Dan
Simo Magwaza: Mandla
Paul du Toit: Eddie
Ben Voss: Geoff
Cinematography: Trevor Calverley
Music: Chris Letcher
Casting: Moonyeenn Lee
Production Design: Flo Ballack
Beyond the River is the flagship film of the Heartlines project, What’s your Story?
Beyond the River was nominated for 4 South African Film & Television Awards (SAFTAs).
The film won the Golden Horn Award for Best Achievement in Cinematography in a Feature film.
Lead actor in the film, Lemogang Tsipa, won the BRICS Film Festival Award for Best Actor