Hear ME Move

"Hear ME Move" is South Africa' s first sbujwa dance movie. It tells the story of Muzi, the son of an amazing pantsula dancer who is trying to discover the truth about his father's life and death.

Produced by Fidel Namisi and Wandile Molebatsi and directed by Scottnes L. Smith, "Hear ME Move" explores themes of family, loyalty and heritage while taking the audience on a journey through sbujwa dance. The film will be released on 19 December 2014.

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  • Hear ME Move

    01 Aug 2014

    Hear ME Move" is South Africa' s first sbujwa dance movie. It tells the story of Muzi, the son of an amazing pantsula dancer.

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  • Hear ME Move

     

    hmm-unofficial-posterLOGLINE: The son of a famous street dancer tries to discover the truth about his father's tragic death 12 years prior. When he joins forces with his father's dance partner, he finds himself embroiled in a bitter rivalry that pushes him to his limit.

    DURATION: 105 minutes
    GENRES: Dance. Drama
    NICHES: Street Culture, Urban
    RELEASE DATE: 19 December 2014 (South Africa)
    DISTRIBUTOR: Ster Kinekor Distribution

    DIRECTOR: Scottnes L. Smith
    PRODUCERS: Fidel Namisi and Wandile Molebatsi
    CAST: Nyaniso Dzedze, Bontle Modiselle, Mbuso Kgarebe, Makhaola Ndebele, S’thandiwe Kgoroge, Wandile Molebatsi, Lillian Dube, Alf Ntombela, Amanda Du Pont, Boity Thulo, Lorcia Cooper, Trevor Gumbi, Khanyi Mbau and Khutso Theledi.

    PRODUCTION COMPANY: Coal Stove Pictures 


    Official Website: http://www.hearmemovefilm.com


    Official Trailer, Featurette, Clips, Production Stills: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3303444/

  • Writers Guild win for Fidel Namisi

    08 Jul 2014

    Coal Stove Pictures's Fidel Namisi wins the 2013 Writers Guild Award

    Writers Guild win for Fidel Namisi

  • Writers Guild win for Fidel Namisi

    After months of preparation and fundraising, the Writers’ Guild of South Africa (WGSA) pulled off the inaugural WGSA Muse Awards in Cresta, Johannesburg, honouring the best performance writers in South Africa for their film, TV scripts and stage plays. Our very own Fidel Namisi became the first recipient of the first award for Best TV comedy script for Tooth and Nails.

    Harriet Meier, chairperson of WGSA, feels that the award by writers for writers is long overdue. “Finally there is an award which acknowledges the creators of local entertainment; the incredibly talented writers who take an idea and give it life, a face and a unique character, which is then brought to the screen by the actors, directors and producer.”

  • Hear Me Move Official Trailer Released

    22 Aug 2014

    The official trailer of Hear Me Move has been released. Watch it here.

    Hear Me Move Official Trailer Released

  • Hear Me Move Official Trailer Released

    sbujwa nation dancing small 5The official trailer of South Africa’s first dance film, “Hear Me Move”, has finally been unveiled, giving dance fans and film lovers a first look at director Scottnes L. Smith’s powerful coming-of-age narrative.


    The film features energetic “sbujwa” and “pantsula” dance sequences, choreographed by the award-winning Paul Modjadji, that play out against the backdrop of a gritty urban Johannesburg seldom seen on the silver screen. Smith says, “We opted to focus on sbujwa and pantsula, our home grown urban street dances, because we wanted South Africans to see themselves and be proud of their contemporary culture.”


    The film tells the story of Muzi (played by newcomer Nyaniso Dzedze), a mild mannered accounting student at a Johannesburg college and the son of a legendary township pantsula dancer. When tragedy struck at a street dance and his father was murdered, young Muzi promised his mother to give up dancing. What Muzi doesn’t know is that his father’s death was not as everyone believed it to be. When his father’s former dance partner, Shoes, approaches Muzi to join his crew, “Sbujwa Nation”, Muzi has to choose between finding out the truth about his father’s death or disappointing his mother. What he doesn’t realize is that by joining “Sbujwa Nation”, he will make himself mortal enemies with Prince, the former leader of “Sbujwa Nation” and head of rival dance crew “Ambi$hN”.
    The film features a host of well-loved South African actors such as S’thandiwe Kgoroge as Muzi’s mother, Makhaola Ndebele as Shoes and Lillian Dube as Muzi’s grandmother. Alfred Ntombela, Khanyi Mbau, Lorcia Cooper, Boity Thulo, Thembi Seete, Amanda Du Pont and radio DJ Khutso Theledi also make cameo appearances.


    For more details, visit the film's official site at http://www.hearmemovefilm.com


    Watch the trailer at:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=onB8jjJtkKw

  • Fidel Namisi speaks at Kyknet Film Festival

    28 Aug 2014

    Fidel was in the panel on the future of comedy in South Africa.

    Fidel Namisi speaks at Kyknet Film Festival

  • Fidel Namisi speaks at Kyknet Film Festival

    silwerskermfeesThe KYKNET SILVERSKERMFEES is an annual film festival hosted by KYKNET, promoting South African writers and filmmakers and featuring a host of panel discussions. 

    Invited to participate in the comedy discussion on August 28th is noted writer-producer, Fidel Namisi. Fidel wrote and produced “Hear Me Move”, South Africa’s first dance film that’s going to cinemas on 19 December 2014 (www.hearmemovefilm.com).

    Fidel was also the winner of the 2013 Writer’ Guild of South Africa Award for the Best Comedy Writing and has more than ten years experience in the South African Film and Television industry. He has written12 feature length scripts, 9 of which have been produced. He is currently co-producing the Afrikaans feature film Verskietende Ster, directed by Darrel Roodt.

    Namisi said, “I am honoured to have been invited by Kyknet to serve on a panel with such notable people as Anne Hirsch, Rethabile Ramaphakele and Francois Toerien. I’m looking forward to hearing their views and learning from them.”

    The discussion points will include the comedy gap between theatre, TV and online comedy, comedy writing best practices, how to appeal to the younger generation and international comedy trends.

    This year the festival is being held from the 27 to 31 August at the Bay Hotel, Camps Bay, Cape Town.

    For more information about the festival visit:

    http://kyknet.dstv.com/category/programme/silwerskermfees/

  • "Hear ME Move" screens at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival

    08 Jul 2014

    Hear ME Move was screened at the South African pavillion, and attended by international sales agents and distributors.

  • "Hear ME Move" screens at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival

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    The Cannes International Film Festival, known to be the most prestigious and publicised film festival in the world, previews new films of all genres, including documentaries, from around the world. The invitation-only is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France. Hear ME Move was screened at the South African pavillion, and attended by international sales agents and distributors. Countries represented included Germany, Japan and the USA. 

    During their time on the Riviera, the boys did get some time to get around, take in the sights but kept their eye on the prize, which was to distribute the movie. Fidel and Wandile had been to Cannes the year before and this was Scottnes’ first trip to the Festival.

    Catch Lee-Ann Manas’ interview with Wandile and Scottnes’ on Morning Live on SABC2 the morning the pair were leaving to attend Cannes here:   

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joX-_j8WES8

Our Work

The hottest shows to hit SA.


  • Hear Me Move


    South Africa's first dance film. Sbujwa has never been this big.

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  • Hear Me Move

    hmm-unofficial-posterLOGLINE: The son of a famous street dancer tries to discover the truth about his father's tragic death 12 years prior. When he joins forces with his father's dance partner, he finds himself embroiled in a bitter rivalry that pushes him to his limit.

    DURATION: 105 minutes
    GENRES: Dance. Drama
    NICHES: Street Culture, Urban
    RELEASE DATE: 19 December 2014 (South Africa)
    DISTRIBUTOR: Ster Kinekor Distribution

    DIRECTOR: Scottnes L. Smith 
    PRODUCERS: Fidel Namisi and Wandile Molebatsi
    CAST: Nyaniso Dzedze, Bontle Modiselle, Mbuso Kgarebe, Makhaola Ndebele, S’thandiwe Kgoroge, Wandile Molebatsi, Lillian Dube, Alf Ntombela, Amanda Du Pont, Boity Thulo, Lorcia Cooper, Trevor Gumbi, Khanyi Mbau and Khutso Theledi.

    PRODUCTION COMPANY: Coal Stove Pictures 


    Official Website: http://www.hearmemovefilm.com


    Official Trailer, Featurette, Clips, Production Stills: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3303444/


  • Tooth And Nails


    A failed kwaito star masquerades as a bible bashing gospel musician in this light hearted musical caper.

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  • Tooth And Nails

    TANTooth is a failed kwaito star with delusions of grandeur. When he tries to launch his nonexistent career, he falls into the hands of a villainous loan shark. Running for his life, he sneaks his way into a gospel music talent camp and tries his hand at gospel music as a way out of the mess he's in.

    Producers:  Fidel Namisi and Alex Nthule

    Director: Scottnes L. Smith

    Writers: Fidel Namisi and Desmond Ntshalintshali

    Starring: Miza Modibedi, Samkelo Mzizi, Bhelekazi Bhelz, Athandwa Kani, Nathaniel Ramabulana and Balinde Nxumalo


  • KeJive


    A talent agent helps his gifted ward to achieve his wildest dreams.

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  • KeJive

    KJA down and out talent agent discovers a dance prodigy, and together they journey towards rebuilding their broken lives and realizing their dreams.

    Producers: Fidel Namisi and Alex Nthule

    Director: Xolelwa Nhlabatsi

    Writers: Fidel Namisi and Tracey-Lee Dearham-Rainers

    Starring: Lennox Mathabathe, Zolani Shangase, Khutjo Green, Annida Raletoana and Balinde Nxumalo

     


  • Remix


    Musical drama mini-series around the antics of delinquents in a church praise and worship group.

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  • Remix

    remixposterA group of delinquents doing community service at a church work their way into the church's praise and worship group. Hilarity and great music ensue.

     

    Producers:  Fidel Namisi and Wandile Molebatsi

    Directors:    Thabang Moleya and Scottnes L. Smith

    WritersFidel Namisi, Desmond Ntshalintshali, Mpho Osei-Tutu and Lwazi Mvusi

    Line producer: Gcina Tshabalala.

    Starring

    Miza  Modibedi as Tooth,

    Samkelo Mzizi as Nails,

    Zinhle Mabena as Lindi,

    Siphiwe Nkosi as Titus,

    Emkay Khanyile as Lungi,

    Nathaniel Ramabulana as Sam,

    Glen Gabela as Pastor Titus,

    Balinde Nxumalo as Taryn,

    Tshepi Mash and Thembi and

    Folofelo Mugovhani as Nikki.

     

    Two down-and-out kwaito musicians, Tooth and Nails, attempt to wrest control from their useless record label by pirating their own CDs. They get arrested and charged with the misdemeanor of piracy, and are sentenced to carrying out two hundred hours of community service at the Youth Harvest Ministry Church.

     

    At the Church, they come up with the “brilliant” idea of avoiding manual labour by rejuvenating the defunct Praise and Worship Team at the Church, creating a new group called “REMIX”. Together with the other misfits and the youth at the church, they embark ona journey to realize their talents to the fullest while overcoming their personal issues, their difficulties working with oneanother, and their challenges of being accepted as upright, respectable members of society.

     

    As they compete to qualify for the National Praise and Worship Competition, they also have to contend with the interference and sabotage of Pastor Titus, the uber-conservative tight-assed “co-deputy assistant pastor”, who believes that these youth should be in jail.

     

    “REMIX” explores the personal issues that young people from two sides of the social divide face: the so-called “upright law-abiding” citizens, as well as those who have “fallen from grace”. The show aims to depict all the characters in a light, humorous, nonjudgmental light, and to show that at the end of the day, we are all the same, and we all go through the same struggles. Even those who have never committed any crimes or misdemeanors are potentially just as “evil” as those who have, and those who may be “doing time” at the end of the day, are just as human as law-abiding citizens. In this way the show provides both personal and social commentary.

     

    EPISODE 1: A SECOND CHANCE

     

    Sentenced to community service at a church for pirating their own CDs, Tooth and Nails start a gospel singing group to avoid manual labour. Tooth incurs the opposition of Pastor Titus who is the champion of physical discipline to correct one’s wrongs. His daughter Lindi, who is also Tooth’s ex-girlfriend, is caught between making the men in her life happy and discovering her own voice. Meanwhile Nails’ voice is drowned out by Tooth despite him having the key to making the group work.

     

    EPISODE 2: WHO’S YOUR DADDY

     

    Pastor Titus is humiliated when his attempts at disbanding Remix, with the help of the law, are thwarted by Tooth. Tooth receives news from Kidy that she is carrying his child and tries to conceal it from Lindi. In the aftermath of estrangement from her father, Lindi and Tooth's relationship appears to be on the mend until she learns of his alleged infidelity. Lungi plants seeds of dissent in Nails.

     

    EPISODE 3: DUETS

     

    The "Remix" members do duets to decide which will be the main act of their song for the finals. Taryn loses her voice and resorts to some extreme measures to get it back. Titus schemes to get Sam to take over directing "Remix", with surprising results. Meanwhile, Lindi and Percy's relationship deepens, while Lungi starts up a musical partnership with Tooth's rival, Lungi.

     

    EPISODE 4: SAMUEL SAYS

     

    Tooth's life is on a verge of slipping away when forced to marry someone he doesn't love. Lindi finally sees Percy's true colors and finds strength to stand up to him. Nails has been fooled once again by Lungi who he thought would be his new best friend. Remix has fallen apart Tooth and Nails have to work together to rekindle it.

     

    EPISODE 5: SOUNDS LIKE TEAM SPIRIT

     

    Tooth reunites the Remix members and manages to lead them to the finals. Lindi makes peace with Titus, and Nails gets the recognition he so sorely craves.

     

     

     

     


  • Hillbrow Boxer


    A down and out boxer gets a shot at glory in Hillbrow's underground world of illegal bare-knuckle boxing.

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  • Hillbrow Boxer

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    A country bumpkin has to master the art of illegal bare-knuckle boxing in the heart of dangerous Hillbrow, in order to avenge his twin brother’s honour. 

    Ntsimbi, a mild-mannered cattle hearder is forced to confront his humilation on the iniation mountain by taking on a killer bare-knuckle boxer on the mean streets of Hillbrow to save his twin brother’s life, their family honour and be with the woman of his dreams.

About Us

Learn About our Team & Culture.

Producer and Director
Scottnes Smith

Scottnes Smith

Award winning producer and director, Scottnes L. Smith received an Honours degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2008, in Dramatic Arts, majoring in Film and Television Production. Line producer and actor in "Long Street", a feature length film shot in Cape Town in 2008 and due for cinema release in 2010. Directed and produced a number of award winning short films, most notably of which are "The Verge" and "Passage", the multiple award winning Wits University short films. He has also directed a number of award winning commercials, music videos, documentaries and PSA's. Finalist in the 2005 Multichoice Vuka! Awards for his PSA "Donor Man". Finalist in the SAB "Kickstart" Competition for Small Businesses.

Producer and Actor
Wandile Molebatsi

Wandile Molebatsi

A seasoned actor, Wandile has acted in several foreign co-productions which exposed him to the inner workings of a film crew. Starred in "A Million Colours", "Skeem", "Intersexions", "Soul City", "When We Were Black", "Gothia Caper", "Rhythm City" and "Cry The Beloved Country". Wandile is also a former KTV presenter. He graduated from Wits University in 2008 and received an Honours degree in Dramatic Arts

Producer and Writer
Fidel Namisi

Fidel Namisi

Fidel started his career in filmmaking with his friend's camcorder in high school, shooting low budget documentaries. He got his first break in the television industry when writing on "Soul Buddyz: Series 3" (2006). Since then he has worked continuously as a scriptwriter. His credits include "A Place Called Home" (SABC 1, 2007), "Rhythm City" (eTV, 2009) and "Zone 14" (2010). He has also written the scripts of the feature films "Contenders Only", "Lucky's Numbers" , "Tooth and Nails" and "Hear Me Move". When not behind his laptop screen, Fidel may be found hiking or shooting hoops in and around Pretoria.

Corporate Social Investment

Giving back to the community

Kaela Boys Club

kaela-boysKaela Boys Club is an organization for boys aged 10 to 16 that aims to impart positive values through sports, educational outings and motivational talks.

Coal Stove is an active sponsor of the Kaela Soccer team, and also contributes to the administrative support of the club. We also provide mentorship to the boys and give motivational talks on a vast array of topics every Thursday.

Visit www.kaela.co.za for more details.

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