Tsotsi (South Africa: 2005)


Gavin Hood

Cast list

Presley Chweneyagae ...
Terry Pheto ...
Kenneth Nkosi ...
Mothusi Magano ...
Zenzo Ngqobe ...
Zola ...
Rapulana Seiphemo ...
John Dube
Nambitha Mpumlwana ...
Pumla Dube

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Produced by

Sam Bhembe ... executive producer
Joseph D'Morais ... executive producer
Janine Eser ... associate producer
Liza Essers ... co-executive producer
Basil Ford ... executive producer
Henrietta Fudakowski ... associate producer
Peter Fudakowski ... producer
Alan Howden ... executive producer
Gavin Joubert ... line producer
Robert Little ... executive producer (as Robbie Little)
Rupert Lywood ... executive producer
Doug Mankoff ... executive producer
Paul Raleigh ... co-producer

Music by

Paul Hepker
Mark Kilian

Cinematography by

Lance Gewer

Film Editing by

Megan Gill

Casting By

Moonyeenn Lee


Based on the book of the same name by Athol Fugard. Tsotsi is a small-time criminal from Johannesburg. Hardened by an abusive childhood, Tsotsi has become a teenaged gang leader. One day, Tsotsi hijacks a car only to discover a three-month old baby in the backseat. He takes the baby home with him, enlisting the help of Miriam to care for the child. Meanwhile the mother of the child works with the police to help track Tsotsi down. Winner of the 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.


Roger Ebert, Tsotsi. RogerEbert.com

Manohla Dargis, From South Africa, a Tough Thug Shows His Big Heart. The New York Times (February 24, 2006)

Peter Travers, Tsotsi. Rolling Stone (February 15, 2006)

Rotten Tomatoes, Tsotsi. RottenTomatoes.com (Many reviews and ratings, both by critics and users)

Academic Articles:

Archibald, David. “Violence and Redemption: An Interview with Gavin Hood.” Cineaste: America’s Leading Magazine on the Art and Politics of the Cinema 31.2 (Spring 2006): 44-47. Print.

Barnard, Rita. “Tsotsis: On Law, the Outlaw, and the Postcolonial State.” Contemporary Literature 49.4 (Winter 2008): 541-572. Print.

Dovey, Lindiwe. “Redeeming Features: From Tsotsi (1980) to Tsotsi (2006).” Journal of African Cultural Studies 19.2 (Dec. 2007): 143-64. Print.

Gover, Daniel. “Tsotsi: From Fugard to Film.” Journal of the African Literature Association 5.1 (Summer 2010): 122-29. Print.

Hlongwane, Gugu. “‘Reader, be assured this narrative is no fiction’: The City and Its Discontents in Phaswane Mpe’s Welcome to Our Hillbrow.” Ariel  37.4 (Oct. 2006): 69-82. Print.

Jaafar, Ali. “Sweet and Tender Hooligan.” Sight and Sound 16.4 (April 2006): 5. Print.

Lehman, Daniel. “‘When We Remembered Zion’: The Oscar, the Tsotsi, and the Contender.” English in Africa 38.3 (Oct. 2011): 113-129. Print.

Lehman, David W. “Tsotsi Transformed: Retooling Athol Fugard for the Thabo Mbeki Era.” Research in African Literatures 42.1 (Spring 2011): 87-101. Print.

Reefe, Anne M. “Post-Colonial Transformation: The Rejection of English in Gavin Hood’s Tsotsi.” Beyond Adaptation: Essays on Radical Transformation of Original Works. Eds. Phyllis Frus and Christy Williams. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2010. 56-68. Print.

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