The first trailer for true-life prison break feature film Escape from Pretoria has come online. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter films, The Woman in Black) and Daniel Webber (The Dirt, 11.22.63, The Punisher) star as political prisoners and freedom fighters Tim Jenkin and Stephen Lee.
Ian Hart (Mary Queen Of Scots, God’s Own Country, Land and Freedom), Mark Leonard Winter (Pine Gap, Cleverman, Balibo) and Nathan Page (Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Underbelly) also star.
Based on a true story, Escape from Pretoria follows Jenkin and Lee, two white South African twenty-somethings who were branded ‘terrorists’ and imprisoned in 1978 for their involvement in covert anti-apartheid operations for the ANC (African National Congress).
Incarcerated in Pretoria Maximum Security Prison, Jenkin and Lee — joined by a fellow inmate — decide to send the regime a clear message and escape. After months of meticulous surveillance, breath-taking ingenuity, and in a race against time as the authorities strengthen the prison security defenses, the group craft wooden keys for each of the ten steel doors between them and freedom.
Francis Annan makes his feature film directorial debut from the screenplay he co-penned with LH Adams, based on Tim Jenkin’s autobiography Inside Out: Escape from Pretoria Prison. Escape from Pretoria is produced by Arclight’s Hamilton and Michelle Krumm and BeaglePug’s David Barron, Footprint Films’ Mark Blaney and Jackie Sheppard.