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Ellen, The Ellen Pakkies Story

Ellen, The Ellen Pakkies Story

Ellen, The Ellen Pakkies Story

We were recently joined by actor Clint Brink and discussed his role in the film, now we are joined by Jill Levenberg the lead actress, and Paulo Areal who is the producer of the Ellen Pakkies Story. The film is based on the true story of the relationship of a mother and her drug addicted son, and the lengths his addiction put her through.

The film is set to be released across South Africa on the 7th September 2018, but it has already become a hit at international film festivals such as the 44th annual Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), Rotterdam International Film Festival, among others. The film takes place between to two timelines, telling the story of a family from the Cape Flats, one of the most dangerous communities in South Africa. It not only points out the dangers of living in the Cape Flats such as the drugs and gangsterism, but also how the people of the community have basically been left to fend for themselves against all the wrong doings that are happening in the area, and how the system has failed to protect them.

The film is based on the 2007 court case of Ellen, who murdered her son, as expected the case caused quite a stir around South Africa. In the film Ellen depicts the rocky relationship that she had with her then twenty-year old drug-addict son, Abie Pakkies. It also shows how her advocate Adrian Samuels (Clint Brink), tried to prove that Ellen had no other choice but to do what she did.

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