Catch a Fire


1h 42m 2006

Brief Synopsis

In South Africa, Patrick Chamusso is a charming and loving husband to his wife Precious, and a caring father to his two young daughters. He works as a foreman at the centrally located Secunda oil refinery, which is a symbol of South Africa's self-sufficiency at a time when the world was protesting t

Film Details

Also Known As
Hot Stuff, Hotstuff
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2006
Distribution Company
Focus Features
Location
Johannesburg, South Africa; Cape Town, South Africa; Mozambique; Swaziland

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m

Synopsis

In South Africa, Patrick Chamusso is a charming and loving husband to his wife Precious, and a caring father to his two young daughters. He works as a foreman at the centrally located Secunda oil refinery, which is a symbol of South Africa's self-sufficiency at a time when the world was protesting the country's oppressive apartheid system. In his spare time, Patrick coaches a local boys' soccer team. Carefully toeing the hard line imposed on blacks by apartheid, Patrick is completely apolitical. Nic Vos is a Colonel in the country's Police Security Branch. The shrewd and charismatic Vos strives to maintain order in volatile situations, which have become more and more frequent as the outlawed activist organization African National Congress (ANC) rallies blacks against apartheid. Vos is also concerned for the safety of his wife and two daughters. He and his family live a world away from the Chamusso family--until the innocent Patrick comes under suspicion and is arrested (in June 1980) for sabotage of the Secunda oil refinery. His alibi is compromised, and Patrick is desperate to shield Precious from a past indiscretion and keep his job. But he is ill-prepared to withstand brutal interrogations by Vos' men. As Vos further insinuates himself into the lives of the Chamussos, to Patrick's shock and shame, Precious herself is jailed and tortured. Although he and Precious are soon released from custody, Patrick is stunned into action and completely reorients his sense of self and purpose. He leaves his family to join up with the ANC. Becoming a rebel fighter and political operative, Patrick is radicalized on behalf of his people and his country. He ultimately envisions a formidable and dangerous follow-up strike against the Secunda refinery, risking his own life and future. Change must and will come, for Patrick and his family, and for South Africa itself.

Crew

Jeff Abberley

Executive Producer

Vincent Agha

Makeup

Justin Alvarez

Compositing Supervisor

Nick Angel

Music Supervisor

Daniel Ashton

Visual Effects

John Atwell

Camera Assistant

Yvonne Austin

Medic

Leo Bahas

Negative Cutter

Katie Bailey

Assistant Production Coordinator

Neil Baillie

Camera Assistant

Debbie Balderstone

Production

Ryan Ballard

Lighting Technician

Leonard Baloyi

Driver

Martin Baloyi

Carpenter

Alan Barnes

Gaffer

George Bartels

Location Scout

Gail Behrmann

Researcher

Peter Belcher

Camera Operator

Pete Bellotte

Song

Lorna Bennet

Script Supervisor

Sean Berkhout

Transportation

Tim Bevan

Producer

Marc Biart

Assistant Director

Giulio Biccari

Other

Giulio Biccari

Director Of Photography

Jill Bilcock

Editor

Julia Blackman

Executive Producer

Tony Bloemstein

Storyboard Artist

Orchestra Blue

Editing

David Booth

Visual Effects Supervisor

Nick Booth

Film Lab

Hentie Botha

Advisor

Tony Boyers

Film Lab

Bernice Breedt

Scenic Artist

Johnny Breedt

Production Designer

Vernon Breedt

Construction

Ben Breen

Post-Production Accountant

Stephen Britnell

Film And Electronic Laboratory

Justin Brokensha

Camera Assistant

Trevor Brown

Camera Operator

Julian Buchenroder

Carpenter

Michelle Burgers

Song Performer

Chris Button

Visual Effects

Charlotte Buys

Adr Editor

Stuart Cadzow

Compositing Supervisor

Damian Candusso

Dialogue Editor

Arno Carstens

Song Performer

Miro Chakaryan

Original Music

Patrick Chamusso

Other

Liza Chasin

Executive Producer

Shadrack Chauke

Driver

Adam Chokwe

Driver

Grant Cinnamon

Unit Manager

Graham Clark

Driver

Andre Coertze

Driver

Hazel Cohn

Music

De La Coliniere

Medic

Dionne Cronin

Film Lab

Miranda Culley

Associate Producer

Peter J Currey

Location Manager

Harmen Cusak

Camera Operator

Bertram Dagan

Greensman

Kirsten Dauth

Costumes

Megan Davis

Production

Zane Davis

Construction

Michael Dhlamini

Office Runner

Kerry Dibbs

Post-Production Assistant

Steven Dietloff

Driver

Matthijs Dijk

Original Music

Xandi Van Dijk

Music

Deborah Maxwell Dion

Casting Director

Lenford Dlamini

Advisor

Sidney Dlamini

Driver

Nandi Dlepu

Stand-In

Chloe Dorigan

Assistant

Theuns Du Plessis

Other

Steve Dunn

Digital Effects

Nana Dyer

Advisor

Gavan Eckhart

Music Engineer

Wolfgang Ender

Costume Supervisor

Gerhard Engelbrecht

Camera

Anthony English

Video Playback

Jaco Espach

Location Manager

Alan Fairlie

Digital Effects

Robert Fait

Digital Effects

Harold Faltermeyer

Song

Bryn Farrelly

Compositing Supervisor

Kevin Faulkner

Camera Focus Puller

Eric Fellner

Producer

Chris Fellows

Adr

Susie Figgis

Casting Director

Robert M Fischer

Dolly Grip

Vincent Fletcher

Gaffer

Vivian De Fleuriot

Medic

Jayne Forbes

Costume Supervisor

Keith Forsey

Song

Ron Fortunato

Director Of Photography

Ron Fortunato

Other

Justin Fouche

Camera Operator

Phillip Francis

Loader

Jock De Gasparis

Assistant Director

Retha Geldenhuys

Art Department Coordinator

Shefali Ghosh

Other

Brendan Gifford

Carpenter

Patrick Gillingham

Caterer

Monique Glover

Costumes

Paul Gobo

Driver

Brenda Goldblatt

Story Consultant

Joanne Goldstone

Production Accountant

Clinton Gordon

Unit Manager

Clinton Gordon

Transportation Manager

Mich Gordon

Greensman

Miles Graham

Caterer

Robert Grebevsky

3-D Artist

Morne Van Greunen

Costume Designer

Guy Gross

Song Performer

Bongani Gumede

Dialogue Coach

Eunice Gumede

Seamstress Supervisor

Vusi Gumede

Driver

Tanja Hagen

Assistant Editor

Cynthia Hager

Accountant

Saafiya Halim

Accounting Assistant

Gene Lewis Hammond

Compositing Supervisor

David Hampton

Visual Effects

Alan Hansen

Colorist

Mick Harkin

Compositing Supervisor

Debra Hayward

Executive Producer

Bob Hazell

Boom Operator

Alexandra Hill

Music Coordinator

Gilbert Hitula

Grip

Lucky Hlubi

Other

Shira Hockman

Set Designer

Shira Hockman

Assistant Art Director

Genevieve Hofmeyr

Line Producer

Issa Inussa

Driver

Roelof Jackson

Animal Services

Aliza James

Assistant

Simphiwe Jodwana

Driver

Gregory John

Camera

Leon Jones

Driver

Andre Jordon

Adr

President Kapa

Sound Recordist

Joel Kapend

Boom Operator

Michelle Karavoussanos

Costumes

Leah Katz

Sound Editor

Alfred Kepkey

Driver

Bafana Khanyeza

Assistant

Chris Khanyeza

Assistant Director

Refiloe Khena

Production Assistant

Phillip Khulu

Driver

Sithembiso Khumalo

Song Performer

Tim Kilshaw

Props

Norbert Kitshoff

Camera

Jean De Kock

Electrician

Diedre Kohrs

Medic

Charles Koza

Hairdresser

Dayn Kruger

Caterer

Kacey Kunane

Dialogue Coach

Kate Kvalsvig

Production Coordinator

Bill Laswell

Song Performer

Melinda Launspach

Set Decorator

Simon Leadley

Music Editor

Simon Leadley

Song Performer

Simon Leadley

Music Engineer

Moonyeenn Lee

Casting

Norman Legwati

Driver

Eddie Lekokotla

Assistant Director

Obed Mpusheng Lesufi

Driver

Reza Levy

Costume Designer

Chris Lomax

Camera Operator

Chris Lomax

Aerial Director Of Photography

Marisa Lourens

Makeup Assistant

Nico Louw

Sound Recordist

Errol Ludwig

Transportation

Derek Luke

Song Performer

Ann Lynch

Coordinator

Norman Maake

Unit Director

Vusi Mabaso

Driver

Andrew Maccaulam

Best Boy

Kerwin Macks

Carpenter

Marlon Macks

Construction

Mxolisa Madela

Apprentice

Sello Madisha

Seamstress Supervisor

Tumelo Maesela

Driver

Jabu Magubane

Advisor

Jane Maguire

Post-Production Supervisor

Shane Mahony

Song

Ineke Majoor

Visual Effects Producer

Elias Makhanya

Driver

Mpho Makhobotloane

On-Set Dresser

William Makhuvela

Electrician

Molefe Zablon Maloi

Driver

Nazo Maloyi

Art Department

Rob Malpage

Photography

Alpheus Manaka

Grip

Naphtali Manana

Advisor

Hendrik Manenzhe

Electrician

Luckson Manenzhe

Gaffer

Derek Mansvelt

Sound Recordist

Mxolisi Mantlana

Song Performer

Film Details

Also Known As
Hot Stuff, Hotstuff
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2006
Distribution Company
Focus Features
Location
Johannesburg, South Africa; Cape Town, South Africa; Mozambique; Swaziland

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video January 30, 2007

Released in United States 2006

Released in United States September 2006

Shown at London Film Festival (Film on the Square) October 18-November 2, 2006.

Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival (Cinema of Our Time) September 28-October 13, 2006.

Based on a true story.

Released in United States Fall October 27, 2006

Released in United States on Video January 30, 2007

Released in United States 2006 (Shown at London Film Festival (Film on the Square) October 18-November 2, 2006.)

Released in United States 2006 (Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival (Cinema of Our Time) September 28-October 13, 2006.)

Released in United States September 2006 (Shown at Telluride Film Festival September 1-4, 2006.)

Released in United States Fall October 27, 2006