Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Daniel Webber, Ian Hart, Mark Leonard Winter, Ratidzo Mambo, Nathan Page
Director: Francis Annan
Origin and release year: Australia (2020)
*Based on a true story.
His Pretorian accent was surprisingly decent and his acting was top-knotch as usual.
I’m not sure about the choice to make Daniel Radcliffe the protagonist of such a politically charged South African film but I can appreciate that his star power would’ve brought a lot of attention to the storyline, as deserved.
As a South African myself, I wasn’t aware of this piece of history and the fact that this film was executed so well was touching.
Tim Jenkins fought the good fight against oppression despite opposition from the white community. Daniel Radcliffe portrayed him as a character who overcomes their own struggles (anxiety and panic attacks) to fight for others extremely well.
Of course, the film was exactly representative of the Apartheid era so it’s an uncomfortable watch. Despite the discomfort, the determination shown by the protagonists and how they outsmart the system makes the story.
I’m not a fan of traumatic films so I probably wouldn’t watch it again because of all of the racial scenes, however I definitely recommend that everyone watches this film at least once.
What did you think of Escape From Pretoria?