The Film

Two lives. One journey.

A film about friendship, perseverance and going beyond.

 

 

Two men from vastly different walks of life are brought together by their determination to win gold in one of the toughest river races in the world, the Dusi Canoe Marathon. Inspired by the true story of Siseko Ntondini and Piers Cruickshanks, who together competed in the 2014 Dusi, Beyond The River delivers a nail-biting adventure story about the triumph of the human spirit.

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. Other cast members include Israel Sipho Matseke Zulu, formerly Makoe (Yizo Yizo, Tsotsi and Gaz’lam), Emily Child (Shirley Adams and Village Voices), Mary Twala (Beat the Drum and Lucky), Kgosi Mongake (Invictus, The Bang Bang Club and Mandela – Long Walk to Freedom) and Garth Breytenbach (Black Sails and Mandela – Long Walk to Freedom).

Film synopsis

After another near miss with the law, Duma is forced back into the world of canoeing, and in so doing his passion and dream to paddle the Dusi is reignited. When Steve’s long time partner decides to paddle with someone else, he is stuck without a partner to complete his 15th Dusi and possibly win his 10th gold medal. After some convincing, he agrees to give Duma, or ‘helicopter’ (an old nickname given to him because of his speed in the water), a shot. But there are a few things they must overcome – one is struggling to break out of a life of crime and poverty – the other is dealing with a marriage on the verge of collapse. Somewhere along their journey, both on and off the river, there’s a confluence that will change their lives change forever.

 

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.

Two books, published by Pan Macmillan; Beyond The River, adapted from the film and part of Heartlines’ What’s Your Story book series and Confluence, Cruickshanks’ true story of his journey with Ntondini, have also been released.

Beyond the River and What’s your Story

Beyond the River is the flagship film of the new Heartlines initiative, What’s your Story?. Discussions guides for schools and workplaces are available for groups who’ve seen the film.

There are also a number of What’s your Story resources available for schools, youth groups, churches, campus and workplaces.

To make a block booking of the film, email beyondtheriver@heartlines.org.za

27 Comment responses

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    February 14, 2017

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

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      April 24, 2017

      All the paddlers who inspired this film call it canoeing 🙂

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    February 17, 2017

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

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      April 24, 2017

      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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    March 19, 2017

    This is such a great movie.

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      April 24, 2017

      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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    April 03, 2017

    Awesome Movie, would love to watch it again.

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    April 26, 2017

    hi where can i get this movie

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    April 28, 2017

    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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    April 28, 2017

    Does anybody know the Soundtrack list?

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      May 16, 2017

      I also want it. Is it available in shops?

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    April 30, 2017

    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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      May 23, 2017

      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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    May 01, 2017

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

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    May 03, 2017

    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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    May 05, 2017

    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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      May 23, 2017

      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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    May 05, 2017

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

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      May 22, 2017

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

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    May 08, 2017

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

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    May 14, 2017

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

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    May 16, 2017

    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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    May 22, 2017

    How can we see this in Australia?

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    July 01, 2017

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

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    July 01, 2017

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

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    July 09, 2017

    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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