Tsotsi


1h 34m 2005

Brief Synopsis

A drama tracing six days in the lonely, violent life of Tsotsi (meaning "thug"), a ruthless, young gang leader. Bolstered by his small crew of social rejects--a failed teacher, a dim-witted heavy, and a cold-blooded assassin--Tsotsi refuses to think further ahead than the raids of the coming night.

Film Details

Also Known As
Mon nom est Tsotsi
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2005
Production Company
Eastman Kodak; Film Lab; Industrial Development Corporation Of South Africa; Kodak; Little Film Company; National Film & Video Foundation Of South Africa; Video Lab Sa
Distribution Company
MIRAMAX; Alfa Films; Angel Films (Denmark); Aurum Producciones; Bazuca; Clmc Multimedia Sa; Filmladen Gmbh; MIRAMAX; Mikado Film; Miramax Home Entertainment; Mk2 International; Momentum Pictures Limited; Moonlight Films; Myndform; Pro Vision; Rialto Distribution; Rialto Films; Rosebud Sa Motion Picture Enterprises; Scanbox Entertainment; Ster-Kinekor; StudioCanal; Studiocanal; Transilvania Film; Vertigo Films (Spain); Videocine
Location
South Africa

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 34m

Synopsis

A drama tracing six days in the lonely, violent life of Tsotsi (meaning "thug"), a ruthless, young gang leader. Bolstered by his small crew of social rejects--a failed teacher, a dim-witted heavy, and a cold-blooded assassin--Tsotsi refuses to think further ahead than the raids of the coming night. But when an impromptu car jacking results in the accidental kidnapping of an infant, Tsotsi comes to care for the child and begins to gradually rediscover his humanity, dignity, and capacity to love.

Crew

Eddie Addinall

Software Engineer

Eddie Addinall

Compositor

Eddie Addinall

Titles

Desmond Allan

Effects Coordinator

Jason Basson

Visual Effects

Renier Basson

Location Manager

Wiebina Berrington

Continuity

Julie Bezuidenhout

Animal Wrangler

Sam Bhembe

Executive Producer

Nhlanhla Bhengu

Set Decorator

Nerissa Black

Post-Production Supervisor

Karin Blid Alsbirk

Still Photographer

Lauren Bond

Film Lab

Patrick Botha

Electric

John Brink

Film Lab

Tania Brooke

Makeup

Mark Brower

Camera Operator

Andries Bruyns

Music

Julian Buchenroder

Carpenter

Charlotte Buys

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Bobby Cardoso

Props

Carlos Carvalho

Camera Operator

Gillian Castle

Wardrobe

Simon Cave

Best Boy

John Chiungwe

Craft Service

Tallen Chow

Compositor

Maureen Conway

Script Supervisor

Mark Cooksey

Camera Focus Puller

Joseph D'morais

Executive Producer

Carlos De Carvalho

Camera Operator

Sidney Dlamini

Driver

Joseph Dlephu

Driver

Vadim Dobrin

Stunt Player

Gavin Dullisear

Special Effects Foreman

Wiggie Ellenberger

Dailies

Hannes Erlank

Electric

Janine Eser

Associate Producer

Janine Eser

Script Coordinator

Jaco Espach

Location Manager

Basil Ford

Executive Producer

Gary Formato

Stunts

Henrietta Fudakowski

Script Coordinator

Henrietta Fudakowski

Associate Producer

Peter Fudakowski

Producer

Athol Fugard

Source Material

Linda Gcwensa

Music

Lance Gewer

Director Of Photography

Megan Gill

Editor

Thofo Goge

Music

Akbar Ali Goolam

Foley

Kerry Gregg

Stunt Player

Francis Grewe

Foreman

Elinor Hardy

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Nick Haydn

Sound Recordist

Paul Hepker

Music

Gavin Hood

Screenplay

Grant Hopley

Other

Alan Howden

Executive Producer

Mike Hyman

Scenic Artist

Gavin Joubert

Line Producer

Andre Jourdan

Sound Engineer

Brendan Jury

Music

Joel Kapend

Boom Operator

Steve Kaplan

Sound Mixer

Richard Kellond

Assistant Director

Charles Keylock

Scenic Artist

Monica Keys

Production Coordinator

Mavis Khanye

Casting Associate

Mavis Khanye

Other

Frans Kilian

Music

Mark Kilian

Music

Greg Kirby

Visual Effects

Axel Kompat

Software Engineer

Hakan Kousetta

Legal Services

Gerhard Kriel

Film Lab

Nadia Kruger

Costume Designer

Pam Laxen

Camera Focus Puller

Moonyeenn Lee

Casting Director

Moonyeenn Lee

Casting Director

Brian Letlhabane

Script Coordinator

Brian Letlhabane

Assistant

Robbie Little

Executive Producer

George Loxton

Camera Focus Puller

Isaac Lui

3-D Animator

Rupert Lywood

Executive Producer

Linda Mabaso

Electric

Siphiwe Mabuza

Assistant

Andrew Maccallum

Electric

Marlon Macks

Art Department

Shiralee Maclachlan

Makeup

Shiralee Maclachlan

Hair

France Mahlalela

Production Assistant

Peter Mahlangu

Swing Gang

Vusi Mahlasela

Song Performer

Joseph Malele

Production Assistant

Casper Mametsi

Electric

Alpheus Manaka

Best Boy

Douglas Mankoff

Executive Producer

Brett Manson

Visual Effects

Khanyo Maphumulo

Music

Dominika Marcisz

3-D Animator

Roman Marszalek

Other

Stephen Maruping

Assistant

Bongani Maseko

Music

Wellington Mashaba

Electric

Mdluli Mathews

Construction

Phinda Mtya Matlala

Music

Tebogo Matsebe

Electric

Sipho Mbele

Music

William Mbipa

Construction

Justin A Mcgillivray

Clapper Loader

Cordell Mcqueen

Stunt Coordinator

Cordell Mcqueen

Special Effects Coordinator

David Mdlulu

Construction

Dumisani Mduli

Construction

Sheona Mitchley

Props Buyer

Penzie Miya

Wardrobe Assistant

Alfred Mkwanazi

Driver

Innocent Modiba

Music

Petrus Modise

Production Assistant

Laurence Moeraka

Swing Gang

Victor Mogale

Grip

Lucas Moganedi

Electric

Aaron Mogoasa

Construction

Bennett Mogobilha

Construction

David Mohapi

Props

Lopang Molasedi

Other

Michelle Morgan

Accounting Assistant

Paula Morudu

Wardrobe

Joseph Mosikwa

Construction

Phillip Mosoeu

Assistant Director

Tyron Mountjoy

Driver

Tyron Mountjoy

Electric

Lloyd Msimanga

Swing Gang

Raymond Muller

Foreman

Raymus Muller

Scenic Artist

Cassious Munyai

Assistant Editor

Shaun Murdoch

Sound Mixer

Jason Musgrave

Clapper Loader

Louise Mycielski

Post-Production Coordinator

Shaun Marlon Nasson

Carpenter

Dallas Ncala

Electric

Isaac Ndlovu

Plasterer

Marcus Nephumbada

Generator Operator

Friday Ngwenya

Construction

Bafana Nkosi

Driver

Stephen Nqumza

Other

Lawrence Ntimbane

Driver

Justice Ntombela

Driver

Abel Nyamakazi

Electric

Edmund Nyamakazi

Electric

Daniel Obrist

Manager

Mark Ostendorf

Special Effects Assistant

Dino Papayannis

Production

Gareth Penberthy

Videotape Operator

Jim Petrak

Adr

Paul Phahlane

Grader

Juliet Phillips

Foley Artist

Gilbert Phiri

Generator Operator

Abe Poswa

Generator Operator

Simon Potsane

Construction

Andree Du Preez

Wardrobe

Graham Press

Prosthetic Makeup

Sarel Pretorius

Steadicam Operator

Bruce Purnell

Assistant

Paul Raleigh

Coproducer

Wesley Raleigh

Assistant

Phillemon Raliphada

Generator Operator

Fikile Ramatladi

Assistant

George Randall

Assistant

Pravashne Reddy

Assistant Editor

Tony Rhodes

Generator Operator

Gerhard Roets

Film Lab

Gerhard Roets

Software Engineer

Jeremy Saacks

Recording Engineer

Hansie Sadibe

On-Set Dresser

Albert Sandani

Driver

Cyril Schumann

Compositor

Cyril Schumann

Titles

Luke Searle

Scenic Artist

Hendrik Sebulela

Driver

Edward Sejake

Plasterer

Mark Sherman

Electric

Hector Sibanyoni

Construction

Luyanda Sibeko

Craft Service

Sipho Sifiniza

Scenic Artist

Emily Sloan

Art Department Coordinator

Pete Smith

Props

Wayne Smith

Stunt Player

Jaco Snyman

Prosthetic Makeup

Dylan Speer

Assistant Director

Pete Spiro

Special Effects Assistant

Ari Stavrinos

Key Grip

Lance Stehr

Music

Terry Stevens

Assistant

Carina Steyl

Post-Production Coordinator

Darren Stilwell

Unit Manager

Casey Stone

Sound Mixer

Jacques Swart

Medic

Lieb Swart

Medic

Film Details

Also Known As
Mon nom est Tsotsi
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2005
Production Company
Eastman Kodak; Film Lab; Industrial Development Corporation Of South Africa; Kodak; Little Film Company; National Film & Video Foundation Of South Africa; Video Lab Sa
Distribution Company
MIRAMAX; Alfa Films; Angel Films (Denmark); Aurum Producciones; Bazuca; Clmc Multimedia Sa; Filmladen Gmbh; MIRAMAX; Mikado Film; Miramax Home Entertainment; Mk2 International; Momentum Pictures Limited; Moonlight Films; Myndform; Pro Vision; Rialto Distribution; Rialto Films; Rosebud Sa Motion Picture Enterprises; Scanbox Entertainment; Ster-Kinekor; StudioCanal; Studiocanal; Transilvania Film; Vertigo Films (Spain); Videocine
Location
South Africa

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 34m

Award Wins

Best Foreign Language Film

2005

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

South Africa

Winner of the Best Foreign Film Award at the 2006 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Co-winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the 2005 AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival.

Winner of the People's Choice Award at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival.

Winner of the Standard Life Audience Award and the Michael Powell Award for Best Film at the 2005 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Released in United States Winter February 24, 2006

Released in United States on Video July 18, 2006

Released in United States August 2005

Released in United States November 2005

Released in United States 2006

Released in United States February 2006

Shown at Edinburgh International Film Festival (British Gala) August 17-28, 2005.

Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival (Time and Tide) January 25-February 5, 2006.

Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival (International Competition) February 2-12, 2006.

Based on the novel "Tsotsi" written by Athol Fugard; published by Viking September, 1983.

Miramax Films acquired North American rights to project at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival.

Released in United States Winter February 24, 2006

Released in United States on Video July 18, 2006

Released in United States August 2005 (Shown at Edinburgh International Film Festival (British Gala) August 17-28, 2005.)

Released in United States November 2005 (Shown at AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival (International Competition) November 3-13, 2005.)

Released in United States 2006 (Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival (Time and Tide) January 25-February 5, 2006.)

Released in United States February 2006 (Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival (International Competition) February 2-12, 2006.)