Tholang has been working as an undertaker in Soweto for as long as anyone can remember. He’s great with death, but not particularly good with life. Things go awry when his niece arrives to apprentice under him and manages to lose the corpse of an important politician. Over the course of this adventure Tholang must face the world he has been avoiding all these years.

Stiff is a dark comedy set and filmed in Soweto about how we cope with life.

produced in association with


Tholang Jerry Mofokeng
Nthabiseng Lebo Mazibuko
Mrs. Cele Ma Marry
Mrs. Ngoma Harriet Manamela
Lwazi Michael Mabizela
Edith Dorothy-Ann Gould


Written & Directed by Samantha Nell
Produced by Jean Lee & Samantha Nell
Cinematography by Devin Toselli
Production Design by Alex-Ann Keppie
Edited by Jennifer Barbot
Associate Producer Mambila Mageza
Original Score by Anthony Haenen