Beyond The River


the film


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.

Check out the film website for more details.



production info


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

Directed by

Craig Freimond

Written by

Craig Freimond

Robbie Thorpe

Produced by

Robbie Thorpe

Harriet Gavshon

Ronnie Apteker

Executive producers

Garth Japhet

Jennifer Charlton


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


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    Well, the story is not about “canoeing”. It is about kayaking!!!

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      All the paddlers who inspired this film call it canoeing 🙂

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    The little I watched on TV is spell binding. A true south africa life and challenges in a dire society.

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      Hope you’ll join us in spreading the word: Beyond the River in cinemas from 27 April 2017! Perfect way to celebrate Freedom Month.

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    This is such a great movie.

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      Thanks for your support! Hope you’ll join us in spreading the word: Beyond the River in cinemas from 27 April 2017! Perfect way to celebrate Freedom Month.

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    Awesome Movie, would love to watch it again.

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    hi where can i get this movie

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    An excellent film. Good character portrayal – convincing performances by the lead actors. Breathtaking scenery and a moving story. A really beautiful movie.

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    Does anybody know the Soundtrack list?

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      I also want it. Is it available in shops?

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    This movie left me inspired to make a difference. To look beyond the current circumstances, to hope and a new and better way for all. Moving and in my opinion life changing because it tells a story of change for the better for all.
    Well done to all involved for inspiring us!

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      Power performed by Jeremy Loops
      Tigerlily performed by Laurie Levin & Josie Field
      Dead in the Eyes of God performed by Crimson House Blues (this is just the intro to the Dusi the blues riff)
      Amazing Grace performed by Soweto Gospel Choir
      Impi performed by Johnny Clegg
      Halala South Africa performed by Ladysmith Black Mambazo
      Pitsa Tse Kgolo performed by Mahlathini & Mahotella Queens
      As We Crane See performed by Nakhane Toure
      Cruel City Performed by Augustines
      Nothing To Lose But Your Head Performed by Augustines

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    Desperately want to see this, but I live in Laos. Anywhere online I can pay to download or view?

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    It is a wonderfully poignant moving story beautifully filmed – lots of heartache and lots of passion and good and bad people – like our amazing South Africa.

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    Hello, I am living in botswana and was wondering if it will be showing anywhere this side? Otherwise is it available for purchase online?

    Thank you

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      We are currently looking into international distribution plans and will update everyone as soon as we have a way forward. Thank you for your support!

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    Such an awesome movie… absolutely loved it. Will be taking my children to go watch it.

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      Thank you for the support, we trust they also loved the film.

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    can we please see this at the cinema’s, we want it back…coz its a great movie

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    Where can I buy the movie online? I live in NZ now.

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    I think the movie was amazing. So well done and the Actors were well chosen and very good. I hope to see more of this sort of art. Please make sure that this movie makes it overseas.

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    How can we see this in Australia?

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    Absolutely wonderful movie. Poignant and thought provoking. You won’t be the same once you’ve watched it.

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    Beautiful and touching story, awesome delivery. Well done to all involved, It’s forever etched in my mind.

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    An absolute awe inspiring story and movie. Just makes a person want to go out and do more for families that see no future for themselves and thru sport so much can be achieved given back to make better lives for so many.

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    what a nice movie…. i really enjoy it. SA produce the best!!!!!!

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    Watched the Movie last night at a private screening in Australia, was a wonderful movie.
    hopefully we will get it on DVD in Australia soon.

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      Thanks Alex, we’re glad you enjoyed the movie

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    I just watched the movie tonight at our church (St Stephens – Sunninghill) as a start to our lenten program – What’s your story. It is such an excellent movie, inspiring.



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