Beyond The River (South Africa: 2017)


Craig Freimond

Cast list

Grant Swanby as Steve

Israel Makoe as Oupa

Lemogang Tsipa as Duma

Emily Child as Annie

Garth Breytenbach as Dan


Written by Craig Freimond and Robbie Thorpe

Produced by Robbie Thorpe, Harriet Gavshon, and Ronnie Apteker, Stephanie Coetzee, and Mariki van der Walt

Music by Chris Letcher

Cinematography by Trevor Calverley

Casting by Moonyeenn Lee

Funding in part by the National Lotteries Commission, the Department of Trade and Industry, the National Film and Video Foundation, and the KwaZulu Natal Film Commission

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Beyond The River was inspired by the true story of Sisseko Ntondini and Piers Cruickshanks who together won gold at the Dusi Canoe Marathon. Duma and Steve are both victims of a troubled past. Canoeing proves to be their source of freedom and provides for them an escape to a better place. Through a series of unexpected events, they find themselves competing together at the three day Dusi Canoe Marathon as a doubles pair. What follows is the adventure of a lifetime as they struggle to overcome not only the perilous journey that awaits them down the river, but also their differences beyond the river.


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