Directed by: Francis Annan
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Daniel Webber, Ian Hart, Mark Leonard Winter, Nathan Page
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Mystery
Release Date: 06 March, 2020
Running Time: – Minutes
Two white South Africans, imprisoned for working on behalf of the African National Congress (ANC), determine to escape from the notorious white man’s ‘Robben Island’, Pretoria Prison.
Escape from Pretoria is a thriller film based on the real-life prison escape by three young political prisoners from jail in South Africa in 1979, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Daniel Webber. It is based on a book by one of the escapees, Tim Jenkin, called Inside Out: Escape from Pretoria Prison, and is written and directed by Francis Annan.
It was filmed in Adelaide, South Australia, in early 2019, both on location in the city and suburbs and in the Glenside studios of the South Australian Film Corporation.
Based on a book by one of the escapees, Jenkin, called Inside Out: Escape from Pretoria Prison, the film tells the true-life story of political prisoners Jenkin (played by Radcliffe) and Stephen Lee (played by Webber), two white South Africans who, along with other prisoners, hatched a plot to break out of Pretoria Central Prison in 1979 after being imprisoned on charges of “producing and distributing 18 different pamphlets on behalf of banned organisations” (including the ANC) during the apartheid era in South Africa.
Some of the other political prisoners, including Denis Goldberg, helped to create and refine the details of the planned escape.
The film was written and directed by Francis Annan.
The film is an Australia-UK co-production, co-financed by Arclight Films, New York-based Magna Entertainment and with the assistance of the South Australian Film Corporation.
Filming commenced on location in Adelaide, South Australia in March 2019, with some scenes being shot at Mitcham railway station and others in the centre of the city, in Pirie Street. Jenkin spent some time in Adelaide, advising Radcliffe on accent and other aspects of the film, as well as playing as an extra, playing a prisoner next to Radcliffe in the visiting room.
Escape from Pretoria is set to be released on 6 March 2020.
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