The Piano

Director: Angus Gibson
Writer: Roger Smith and Michèle Rowe
Director of Photography: Thomas Marais
Editor: Megan Gill
Languages: This film was shot in Afrikaans, English and isiXhosa


Errol Tyres is an upstanding citizen, active in the community and church. Deeply in love with Berenice, his wife of 30 years, Errol decides to buy her a piano after hearing how much she loved to play before they married. To pay for the instrument, Errol “borrows” money from the church fund – convinced he’ll be able to repay the money with his Christmas bonus. But when his bonus does not materialise, Errol turns to Denver Daniels, a notorious gangster. In return for a loan, Errol agrees to act as a character witness for Denver who is on trial for statutory rape. However, Errol finds himself torn between keeping his promise and his standing in the community which will suffer if he testifies on Denver’s behalf. Errol’s dishonesty with his wife also erodes their once-close relationship. When Denver is gunned down, Errol finds himself off the hook. But still his life continues to unravel. When will Errol learn that only the truth can set you free? Directed by the acclaimed Angus Gibson, The Piano delivers stars Andre Samuels as Errol and Esmerelda Bihl as Berenice.


Andre Samuels – Errol
He said “The Piano” had touched him emotionally. “South Africa needs more of its own work to be flighted on South African television and the whole world needs to see this, because the values are very strong and speak for them.” Samuels believes that every South African will be able to identify with his film because it not only reflects daily issues faced by South African families, but also the choices people are forced to make all the time.

David Isaacs – Denver Daniels
Says Isaacs of “The Piano”: “It’s not only home brewed, but the strong values in the film have really moved me as an artist to a whole different level.”

Esmerelda Bihl – Berenice
She says she “loved every line” of “The Piano”.

Sylvia Esau – Chantal
Ivan Abrahams – Roland
Dean Fourie – Michael Jennings
Eyodia Samson – Elsie Daniels
Mary Daniels – Brenda

Locations and further information:
This film was the second of the Heartlines Series shot in Cape Town, this time in the mostly Afrikaans speaking community of Ruyterwacht.


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