It’s certainly an exciting time for the South African film and television industry as more films are being made in South Africa than ever before. The Reason? We are seeing a lot more of our own stories and the production is world class. If we weren’t entirely sure about this before, last night shifted our perceptions immensely!
The Student Village Team headed off to the movie premier of the South Africa’s first ever outdoor adventure film, ‘Beyond the River’ held at The Zone’s Ster Kinekor recently. It’s safe to report that nobody from the team came out with puffy eyes from a two-hour nap-EVERY MOMENT WAS MAGIC!
Inspired by Siseko Ntondini and Piers Cruikshank’s true story which took place in 2013, ‘Beyond the River’ profiles a relatively unknown canoeist (Ntondini), played by Lemogang Tsipa who insinuates himself into the world of canoeing, asking 9 time Dusi gold winner (Cruikshank), portrayed by golden horn award winner Grant Swanby to partner with him in the Dusi canoeing contest in 2014.
While harboring some incredible lessons about courage, respect and perseverance; the Craig Freimond directed film brings to life a story of two men whose life circumstances can best be described as “Kapéla” (Standing on opposite sides of the river). Lemogang and Grant’s characters invite the viewer to paddle along in their quest for gold until a true friendship is born.
The story is brought to our screens by award-winning media NGO, Heartlines, along long term film partner Quizzical Pictures. You can watch it at Ster Kinekor nationwide from the 28th April 2017. Make sure to check out!