Get ready for ‘Harry Potter and The Attempt to Pull off a South African Accent’.
Daniel Radcliffe is starring in a new film, set in our very own Pretoria, during Apartheid in the 70s.
Filming is taking place in Adelaide, Australia, which seems fitting considering how many South Africans now live there.
The film, Escape from Pretoria, was written and directed by Francis Annan and based on Tim Jenkins’ autobiography, Inside Out: Escape From Pretoria Prison.
Radcliffe’s character Tim and his friend Stephen Lee were two South Africans branded as ‘terrorists’ and thrown in jail in 1978.
Jenkins, along with two other inmates, were able to escape thanks to nine handmade keys while fellow inmate Denis Goldberg, played by Sam Neill, distracted the warden, giving the others the chance to escape the prison.
The film is produced by David Barron and speaking to Screendaily following the casting of Neil he said: “I am thrilled Sam Neill has agreed to join the cast of Escape From Pretoria. I cannot imagine another actor portraying Denis Goldberg who was such a hugely important player in the fight against apartheid.”
The book on which the film is based can be found on Amazon, with this description:
The thrilling story of Tim Jenkin’s daring escape from Pretoria Maximum Security Prison, where he was kept by apartheid authorities for his activities on behalf of the ANC, and his subsequent flight from South Africa.
More from the set of the film:
You can follow Daniel Radcliffe’s various fan clubs on Twitter for updates, as filming continues:
— Danielradcliffesupportgermany (@Dansuppgermany) March 7, 2019
More, including Radcliffe in handcuffs:
— daniel radcliffe london (@danielradlondon) March 11, 2019
The release date for the film is as yet unknown, but we’ll keep you posted.
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