The Hopeville mini-series was re-edited into a feature film, which was screened in cinemas locally, and on SABC. It’s now available on ShowMax.
The feature film has also won several awards:
- At the FESPACO film festival held in Burkina Faso, Hopeville won the best film in the Television and Video Film category. Fespaco is held every two years in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso, and is a major event on the African film calendar. Lead actor, Themba Ndaba won the best actor award at the AMAA, (African Movie Academy Awards), held in Nigeria.
- In South Africa, the Hopeville feature film won two SAFTA Awards for Best Production Design (Karel Flint) and Best Lead Actor (Themba Ndaba). Other nominations included Best Cinematography, Best Editor, Best Hair/Make-up and Best Music composition.
- Hopeville was also screened at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, Afrika Film Festival in Belgium and Tiburon Film Festival in California.
Heartlines CEO, Dr Garth Japhet, said that he was thrilled that the film, which has a compelling message of ordinary citizens taking action for the good of the community, was reaching audiences worldwide. “With this film, and the previous series of eight award-winning values-based films, Heartlines is making a significant contribution to building the social fabric, not only of South Africa, but internationally as well.”