A timely and relevant film, Heartlines the first feature by the prolific South African filmmaker Angus Gibson is the final episode of the critically acclaimed television series of the same Name.
Heartlines is a touching story about second chances, forgiveness and the power of unconditional love. After serving a jail sentence, Manyisa, a young man with a cruel past and uncertain future, is offered a second chance at life. For Manyisa (played by newcomer Mduduzi Mabaso), a convicted thief, a chance at redemption comes along when he is paroled and taken in by a pastor and his family.
Pastor Jacob (played by Mpho Molepo), whose brother Elias died while being part of Bra Stones’ Boys, sees something of his late brother in Manyisa. Jacob’s young son S’bu sets out to befriend Manyisa, nicknaming him Sporro, after a game of soccer that sets to cast a tender bond between the convict and the youngster.
Manyisa is unwittingly drawn into assisting with the church choir, and soon finds himself drawn into the closeness of the family and the congregation. This chance at a new life is threatened by Bra Stone (played by Mbongeni Ngema), Manyisa's former crime boss, has other ideas. In debt to Bra Stone, Manyisa has to fall back on his old ways to repay him. A robbery takes place at Manyisa’s work, a foreman is killed and the police believe its Bra Stone’s work. Manyisa disappears.
One final job for Bra Stone could lead to Manyisa’s undoing. It’s no longer about redeeming himself in the eyes of others, Manyisa must now give himself the second chance.
Programmer: Hayet Benkara
Thu, April 3rd, 2008
Cineplex Odeon Carlton
Story By Michelle Rowe Adapted By Angus Gibson
Mariki Pretorious, Exec Prod- David Jammy, Exec Prod- Harriet Gavshon
Mpho Joseph Molepo