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Beat the Drum -- A young orphaned boy sets out for the big city to find his uncle after a mysterious illness strikes his village. Driven by his determination to survive and his growing social awareness, he finds a way to make an honest living and returns to his village with a truth and understanding his elders haves failed to grasp.


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Writer (WGA):
David McBrayer (written by)
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Release Date:
2 November 2006 (Hong Kong) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Junior Singo ... Musa
Owen Sejake ... Nobe Lebese
Mary Twala ... Ntombi
Clive Scott ... Pieter Botha
Noluthando Maleka ... Letti (as Nolatandu Maleke)
Adelaide Shabalala ... Village Sangoma
Lennox Matheboe ... Ayize
Bhekhimusi Mkize ... Stick Fighting Kid #1
Thulani Xolo ... Stick Fighting Kid #2
Glen Gabela ... Teacher
Dineo Nchabeleng ... Thandi (as Dinco Nchebeleng)
Jeremiah Ndlovu ... Village Elder
Elliot Makhubo ... Village Man
Lindelani Buthelezi ... Truckstop Owner
Pumi Mkhwanazi ... Prostitute (as Pumi Mkuwanazi)
Maurice Carpede ... Tumisho
Tom Fairfoot ... Stefan Botha
Fats Bookholane ... Muthi Seller
Phello Sejake ... Emily
Cindi Mabikwa ... Nobe's Daughter #1
Khumo Masego ... Nobe's Daughter #2
Keketso Semoko ... Sophie
Dini Nondumo ... Tyro (as Dino Nondumo)
Morena Sefatsa ... Younger Boy
Muso Sefatsa ... Street Boy #1
Shimane Lekomu ... Street Boy #2
Salamina Mphelo ... Street Girl #1
Moshoeshoe Chabeli ... Pastor Gophe
Tinah Mnumzana ... Healthworker
Themsi Times ... Township Sangoma

Nthati Moshesh ... Frances
Judy Phillips ... Woman Tourist
Catherine Cooke ... Dr. Troubh
Seputla Sebogodi ... Joe
Yule Masiteng ... Soweto Neighbour #4
Trudie Taljaard ... Lauren

Directed by
David Hickson 
Writing credits
David McBrayer (written by) (as W. David McBrayer)

Produced by
David McBrayer .... producer
Karen S. Shapiro .... producer
Richard Shaw .... producer
Original Music by
Klaus Badelt 
Ramin Djawadi 
Cinematography by
Lance Gewer 
Film Editing by
Mark Winitsky 
Casting by
Christa Schamberger 
Production Design by
Johnny Breedt 
Costume Design by
Ruy Filipe 
Makeup Department
Nadine Prigge .... hair designer
Nadine Prigge .... makeup designer
Production Management
Nerissa Black .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marc Biart .... second assistant director
David McBrayer .... second unit director
Sound Department
Rian Balvin .... dialogue dubbing mixer
Nico Louw .... sound recordist
Emile Razpopov .... sound designer
Xavier Sol .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging supervisor: iO FILM
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerard Botha .... assistant camera
Clint Covey .... best boy grip
Editorial Department
Richard Shaw .... additional editorial
Nicci Van Niekerk .... assistant editor
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Serge Djang .... composer: additional music
Rumen Entchev .... music mixer
Ciaran Hope .... music editor
Valentin Ivanov .... music recordist
Penka Kouneva .... lead orchestrator
Stephen Krause .... music mixer (as Steve Krause)
Djimi Krumbach .... conductor
Stefka Majdrakova .... music engineer
Dessie Markovsky .... music producer
Ivan Panev .... music coordinator
Ina Popdimitrova .... musical director
Petya Simeonova .... music manager
Other crew
Amy J. Moore .... head of facilitation
Laura Vogt .... production accountant

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114 min
Aspect Ratio:
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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Amazing movie!, 21 November 2006
Author: arrowblanc from LA

I saw Beat the Drum at a festival and talked with the producer and writer David McBrayer about this movie. He is the one who actually created the movie and it was his brainchild. The audience asked questions and he explained how he came up with the idea for the script and that it took him several years to produce because it is an inde film. Everyone loved it and applauded at the end, it was the best movie in the festival. I still think about this amazing movie and look forward to when it will be in theaters and on DVD. Why isn't it out there already? If you know anybody in the movie distribution business tell them to check it out. Beat the Drum is an amazing and moving movie experience and I highly recommend it.

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