Hopeville tells the story of Amos, a reformed alcoholic on a mission to forge a relationship with his estranged son Themba. When father and son arrive in the dusty town of HOPEVILLE, they discover a mean little community where apathy, fear and suspicion are the order of the day.
When Amos decides to restore the public swimming pool so that the young people of the town can enjoy some recreational activity, and his son can pursue a swimming career, he is met with scepticism and resistance from the town’s authorities and its inhabitants.
Through patience, determination and above all courage, Amos’ selfless act ripples through Hopeville, inspiring others to take action and to do what they know is right. Slowly but surely, good ripples through Hopeville, transforming the town and its inhabitants for good.
Hopeville was first developed by Heartlines, Curious Pictures (now Quizzical) and SABC Education as a six part mini-series which was broadcast on SABC. The mini series went on to win a Rose’Dor in Switzerland and a coveted nomination at the International Emmy’s in New York City.
The mini-series was then re-edited into a feature film, which was screened in cinemas locally, and on SABC.
Hopeville was produced by award winning production company Curious Pictures with Harriet Gavshon and Mariki van der Walt as the Executive Producers and John Trengove as Director. Director of Photography, Willie Nel, received a SAFTA nomination for best cinematography.
Desmond Dube – PATRICK GUMEDE
Terry Pheto – FIKILE
Themba Ndaba – AMOS MANYONI
Leleti Khumalo – FLO RAPHOTO.
Fana Mokoena – WINDSOR KHOABANE
Jody Abrahams – PJ DANIELS
Mary Twala – MA DOLLY
Paul Luckhoff – FELIX VENTER
Junior Singo – THEMBA MANYONI