The Piano

52min 2006 Drama

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.

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The Piano
“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.”
Andre Samuels
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.
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Production Information

  • Running Time: 52min
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Rating: PG13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Language: English, isiXhosa, Afrikaans
  • Director: Angus Gibson
  • Cast: Andre Samuels, David Isaacs, Esmerelda Bihl, Sylvia Esau, Ivan Abrahams, Dean Fourie, Eyodia Samson, Mary Daniels
  • Written by: Roger Smith, Michéle Rowe
  • Editor: Megan Gill
  • Director of photography: Thomas Marais

The Piano can be bought as part of the Heartlines 8 films – 8 values set.