Ellen

Daryne Joshua

The true story of Ellen Pakkies, a black South African woman who killed her grown son Abie in Cape Flats, a poverty-stricken, crime-ridden township in Cape Town. Starting with the murder, it relates – in parallel to what followed – how she came to the decision. Abie went off the rails as a teen when he discovered he was the result of a rape. Frustrated, he started doing the readily available crystal meth.

The film depicts the physical and psychological consequences of the addiction, and how Abie’s parents keep stretching their boundaries in their loving attempts to help their son until, ultimately, there only seems to be one way out. Ellen also depicts what reality is like for many of the poor in South Africa. 

Director Daryne Joshua made the film after meeting Pakkies, who was punished for her deed, but in an unconventional, controversial manner.

Screenings

  • Cinerama 5
    English subtitles
    Sat 27 Jan Buy
  • KINO 2
    English subtitles
    Sun 28 Jan Buy
  • Doelen Willem Burger Zaal
    English subtitles
    Tue 30 Jan Buy

More information

Filmmaker
Daryne Joshua
Premiere
World premiere
Country
South Africa
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
124’
Language
Afrikaans, English
Producer
Schalk Willem Burger, Paulo Areal
Production Company
The Moving Billboard Picture Company
Sales
The Moving Billboard Picture Company
Writer
Amy Jeptha
Cinematography
Zenn van Zyll
Editor
C.A van Aswegen
Production Design
Bathoni Robinson
Sound Design
Jean Niemandt
Music
Quinn Lubbe
Cast
Jill Levenberg, Jarrid Geduld, Clint Brink, Elton Landrew, Ilse Klink, Amrain Essop