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, calledInside Out: Escape from Pretoria Prison, and is written and directed by Francis Annan.
- Starring : Daniel Radcliffe / Daniel Webber
- Genre : Thriller
- Country : United Kingdom / Australia
- Language : English
- Director : Francis Annan
- Production : Arclight Films / Spier Films / Premiere Picture / Beagle Pug Films / Particular Crowd / Footprint Films
- Distributor : Batrax Entertainment / Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) / Momentum Pictures
Escape from Pretoria movie
Escape from Pretoria release date
- March 6, 2020 : UK
Escape from Pretoria cast
- Daniel Radcliffe as Tim Jenkin
- Ian Hart as Denis Goldberg
- Daniel Webber as Stephen Lee
- Nathan Page as Mongo
- Stephen Hunter as Peter Jenkin
- Mark Leonard Winter as Leonard Fontaine
- Jeanette Cronin as Mary Jenkin
- David Wilson as Political Prisoner
- Ratidzo Mambo as Daphne
- Martin Ayles as Prison Guard(creditOnly)
- Adam Ovadia as Van Zadelhoff
- PJ Oaten as David Rabkin
- Lliam Amor as David Kitson
- Lenny Firth as Vermellen
- Paul Harvey as Prison Warden
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.
The film tells the true-life story of political prisoners Tim Jenkin (Radcliffe) and Stephen Lee (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 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. Daniel Radcliffe is an English actor and producer. He is best known for playing the titular protagonist in the Harry Potter film series, based on the novels by J. K. Rowling.
Born and raised in London, Radcliffe made his acting debut at 10 years of age in BBC One’s 1999 television film David Copperfield, followed by his cinematic debut in 2001’s The Tailor of Panama. At age 11, he was cast as Harry in the series’ first film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and starred in the series for 10 years, starring in the lead role in all eight films culminating with the final film in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, released in 2011. Radcliffe became one of the highest paid actors in the world during the filming of the Potter films, earned worldwide fame, popularity, and critical acclaim for his role, and received many accolades for his performance in the series.
Following the success of Harry Potter, his subsequent roles include lawyer Arthur Kipps in the Edwardian horror film The Woman in Black (2012), famed beat poet Allen Ginsberg in the independent film Kill Your Darlings (2013), Victor Frankenstein’s assistant Igor in the science fiction fantasy Victor Frankenstein (2015), Manny, a sentient corpse in the comedy-drama Swiss Army Man, technological prodigy Walter Mabry in the heist thriller film Now You See Me 2, and FBI agent Nate Foster in the critically acclaimed thriller Imperium (all 2016). Radcliffe began to branch out to stage acting in 2007, starring in the London and New York productions of Equus for which he received immense praise from critics and audiences alike, and in the 2011 Broadway revival of the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He has contributed to many charities, including the Demelza Hospice Care for Children, and The Trevor Project for suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth, which gave him its Hero Award in 2011.
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