Catch a Fire


Synopsis Cast & Crew

The North Eastern Coal Fields, South Africa, 1980 Times are tough for black people in South Africa but PATRICK CHAMUSSO has his home, his family and a good job at the Secunda Oil Refinery. He wants no part of the anti-Apartheid movement, choosing instead, to lead a simple life. PATRICK is absent from work when terrorists attempt to blow up the Oil Refinery. He has taken the day off to watch his football team play the final and to secretly visit the son he fathered with his ex-girlfriend. NIC VOS, a white policeman striving to maintain order in the face of increasing unrest, arrests PATRICK and two black co-workers. During the interrogation, he presents himself as a saviour from the harsh methods of his fellow cops. To protect his marriage, PATRICK hides the alibi that could save him, until his wife PRECIOUS is also arrested and beaten. He breaks down and confesses a lie: That he aided the terrorists. VOS sees through his confession and releases him. PATRICK returns home a changed man and joins the outlawed African National Congress (ANC). He volunteers to single handily destroy the Secunda Refinery, earning him the code name 'Hotstuff'. When VOS learns of the plan, a manhunt begins. PATRICK strikes the plant, sending the surrounding black townships into darkness. Vos closes in on him and captures PATRICK who is sentenced to 24 years in the notorious Robben Island prison.


Derek Luke Patrick Chamusso
Tim Robbins Nic Vos
Bonnie Henna Precious Chamusso


Shawn Slovo Writer
Tim Bevan Producer
Eric Fellner Producer
Anthony Minghella Producer
Robyn Slovo Producer
Sydney Pollack Executive Producer
Debra Hayward Executive Producer
Phillip Noyce Director
Liza Chasin Executive Producer

'Catch a Fire' is released in the UK and Ireland.

23rd March 2007

'Catch a Fire', Phillip Noyce's political thriller starring Tim Robbins, Derek Luke and Bonnie Henna, is released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland today.

Phillip Noyce's Catch a Fire premieres in Toronto

14th September 2006

Catch a Fire, starring Tim Robbins, Derek Luke and Bonnie Henna, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday.

International trailer

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