South Africa - Secret & Lies

Transmission date: Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Language: Zulu with English subtitles    

What you don’t know will hurt you

What price infidelity? A couple unable to communicate with each other, seeks comfort and pleasure elsewhere. But for how long can they hide their secrets? And what happens when the truth is all that can save them and their unborn child?

Story Synopsis 

The young couple embrace passionately. They speak of their love and longing for one another. Then the curtain comes down and the audience jump to their feet and applaud. It is the end of the show and the end of the affair between its lead actors, Gabaza and Rodney. Meanwhile at home, Gabaza’s husband, Themba, a good-looking, young businessman, is working on a difficult budget. He forgot it was closing night and is too engrossed in his work to really notice what Gabaza is saying. This outwardly successful couple has been married for six years. But they seem to be strangers sharing the same space. The next day Gabaza visits the doctor. She hasn’t been feeling well and gets news that will change their lives forever – news that will draw them and others into a web of secrets and deceit – that all slowly starts to unravel.

Director: Vincent Moloi

*Vincent on why he enjoys filmmaking

‘I always wanted to tell stories but I wasn’t so articulate with words. Films have allowed me to articulate some of the things I wanted to talk about in life. The making of this film has given me an opportunity to do what I’ve always dreamed of doing, ever since I was a kid

One of the difficulties is that Secrets and Lies is not a story. It needs you to dig deep into the emotions of people and characters. Those are the difficult stories to tell, they are about the little things and very hard to make them come through on screen. It’s an internal story about internal turmoils and internal dynamics.

The message of this film is that we all make mistakes. We all do things we didn’t intend to do. But the most important thing is that we can always rectify our wrongs.
Audiences will see that this film is about their lives. It’s about what they’ve gone through, but they haven’t told anyone. So this is an opportunity to watch a movie that speaks on their behalf. Isn’t that an amazing thing? I hope that they find courage by watching this film, to turn their lives around.’


Vincent Moloi is an accomplished documentary producer/director who has recently turned his hand to fiction. Before earning a reputation for excellence in documentaries, Vincent directed several television magazines series. He completed his certificate in Media Studies with Boston Media House/RAU.

Producer: Walter Ayres


Walter Ayres, a freelance producer, started in the industry as a runner on film sets 18 years ago. He worked his way up through the ranks and eventually produced commercials. Thereafter, he began to line produce dramas and shows like Jozi H and Whisky Echo as well as big-budget features films such as Dead Easy.

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