- Ellen Pakkies story made into a movie which is firected, produced and written by an incredible team
- The team hope to outline the impact of substance abuse and also to tell Ellen's story of the murder of her son in the Cape Flats, from a empathetic and authentic angle
- The movie will be released on 7 September 2018
Accused of murdering her drug-addicted son, Abbie. Ellen Pakkies made the headline news in 2007 with this heart-wrenching that caught the attention of viewers around the globe.
Everyone keeping close eye on the court case was kept on the edge of their seats and now the film version of this family destroying event promises to do the same, reported Good Things guy.
The movie has been named Ellen, the Ellen Pakkies Story. It investigates the soul and spirit of a family that is destroyed by drugs in a local community that is known as one of the most dangerous.
Briefly.co.za learn that the film also highlights how substance abuse can destroy your life. The focus is on the drug tik, which made home in the Cape Flats.
The film was praised highly by film crits and festival attendees at the Seattle International Film Festival.
South Africans will be able to watch this moving movie from 7 September 2018.
With input from Ellen Pakkies, the incredbile scrip was done by the amazing Amy Jephta. Pakkies also assisted in recreating scenes for the movie.
Scenes were shot at Pakkies’s actual home in Lavender Hill, where the incident took place. This ensured authenticity and realism in the film.
Daryne Joshua, who is an Award-winning director, with producers Schalk-Willem Burger and Paulo Areal, were in the driving seat of this life changing movie.
Producer Schalk Willem Burger, said that they hoped that an influential person would see the film and give rise to them making a defining contribution.
He said that they pulled out all of the stops to ensure authenticity. Filming in Ellen’s house showed audience the real world in which Ellen lived and continues to live with so many other women.
This gipping movie, accounting the harrowing ordeal of a woman put through the penal system, does not only have an impressive team behind it, it also has an exciting cast.
The cast has received so many praises from all over the world for their exceptional performances.
The role of Ellen Pakkies is played by Jill Levenberg, having starred in many parts in film and TV. Jill’s portrayal of Ellen is brilliant. She did her homework by researching to make her interpretation as authentic and accurate as possible.
The part of Abie Pakkies is played by Jarrid Geduld . Jarrid has an incredible portfolio which includes; Black Sails, Zulu, 10 000BC and A Lucky Man.
The film also includes the talents of Elton Landrew, Kay Smith, Ilse Klink, Clint Brink and Russel Savadier.
This is another proud moment for South African film and South Africa itself. We cannot wait for the release!
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