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In 1725, two young men meet while working in the prison garden of Robben Island, Cape Town’s penal colony. Claas Blank is a quick-witted Khoisan convict, determined to escape at any cost. Rijkhaart Jacobsz is a soft-spoken Dutch sailor serving time for sodomy. Despite the prohibition of vast racial and cultural taboos, they embark on a tentative affair that neither has words for. Their furtive relationship is witnessed by Virgil Niven, the Scottish botanist who runs the prison garden. This strange triangle of fascination and repression continues for 10 years, ignored by the prison authorities, until Niven returns to the Cape and inadvertently brings about their downfall.

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John Greyson
Director

Toronto film/video artist John Greyson has made several award-winning shorts and features. These include: Urinal (1988 – Teddy Award for Best Feature at the Berlin Film Festival); The Making of Monsters (1991 – Best Canadian Short, Toronto International Film Festival, Teddy Award for Best Short Film, Berlin Film Festival); Zero Patience (1993 – Best Canadian Film, Sudbury Film Festival); Lilies (1996 – Genie Award, Best Film; best film awards at festivals in Montréal, Johannesburg, Los Angeles and San Francisco); Uncut (1997, Honourable Mention, Berlin Film Festival); and The Law of Enclosures (2000, Genie Award for Best Actor). He also received the Toronto Arts Award for Film/Video in 2000. In addition, John Greyson is co-editor of Queer Looks, a critical anthology of gay/lesbian media theory (Routledge, 1993), and the author of Urinal and Other Stories (Power Plant/Art Metropole, 1993).

35 mm

97 minutes

Colour

Aspect ratio

1.85

Original version in Africaans

Subtitled in English

Genre

Drama

Producer – Canada

Anita Lee

Producers – South Africa

Steven Markovitz

Platon Trakoshis

Coproducers – Canada

Damon D'Oliveira

John Greyson

Coproducer – South Africa

Jack Lewis

Director

John Greyson

Scriptwriters

John Greyson

Jack Lewis

Director of Photography

Giulio Biccari

Editing

Roslyn Kallo

Sound

Tattersall Casablanca

Production Designer

Tom Hannam

Costume Designer

Diana Cilliers

Music

Don Pyle

Andrew Zealley

Cast

Rouxnet Brown

Shaun Smyth

Neil Sandilands

Kristen Thomson

Production/Distribution

Pluck Productions
83 Benson Ave.
Toronto, Ontario
M6G 2H7
Canada
(416) 656-6086
(416) 656-7430
anitalee8@rogers.com


Coproduction – South Africa

Big World Cinema
38A Trill Rd.
Cape Town, 
7925
South Africa
(2721) 448-0608
(2721) 448-1065
info@bigworld.co.za



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