Hosted by ALT A REVIEW ESCAPE FROM PRETORIA comes to London’s iconic Alexandra Palace Drive in Cinema Club on the 15th of October at 8:30pm starting with a pre screening Q&A with Director Francis Annan. Based on the true story of Tim Jenkin (Daniel Radcliffe) and Stephen Lee (Daniel Webber), young, white South Africans branded “terrorists”, and imprisoned in 1978 for working covert operations for Nelson Mandela’s banned ANC.
Incarcerated in Pretoria Maximum Security Prison, they decide to send the apartheid regime a clear message and escape! With breath-taking ingenuity, meticulous surveillance, and wooden keys crafted for 10 steel doors, they make a bid for freedom… Beyond a thrilling will-they-won’t-they-escape, this is the story of an oppressed majority’s struggle, and two ordinary men who stood-up to be counted in the pursuit of equality for all.
About The Director:
Francis Annan also co-wrote the screenplay, ESCAPE FROM PRETORIA is Annan’s feature directorial debut feature. He recently directed LOOK AT ME, one of four short films inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and commissioned by British television channel ITV. Written by Lynette Linton and produced by Carol Harding, LOOK AT ME tells the story of a young professional couple and the aftermath of their being stopped by the police while out driving on a date. Witnessing the fallout of this event, the film shows the change in the pair from before the incident, as well as the impact it has on them individually and as a couple. Starring Paapa Essiedu and Pippa Bennett-Warner, the film was positively reviewed by television critics.
Annan’s award-winning short films include THE LONGEST DRIVE, starring BAFTA-winning actor Darren Boyd, GOING UP and CECILIA.
He began his career at the BBC 18 years ago and has directed episodes of BBC One’s popular prime-time hospital drama series HOLBY CITY.
Nadia Denton will be doing the interview on the night: with 15 years of experience as a Curator, Impact Producer and Author, her focus has been on cinema of the African diaspora , specialising in Nigerian Cinema. T he impact producer for Nigerian art house film FOR MARIA EBUN PATAKI (Dir: Dami Orimogunje). FOR MARIA is the first feature film from Nigeria to deal with the sensitive issue of postpartum depression.
Author of two books: The Black British Filmmakers Guide to Success and The Nigerian Filmmaker’s Guide to Success: Beyond Nollywood. She co-produced the BBC World Service radio documentary SHOOTING IT LIKE A WOMAN, a take on women in the Nigerian film industry.
She has worked with the British Film Institute, British Council, London Film School, Comic Relief, BBC Arabic Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. Nadia is also official V&A African Heritage Tour Guide.
Date: 15th October 2020 Start: 8:30pm Alexandra Palace -Drive in Film Club . Doors open 45 minutes before the film starts and we recommend arriving early to ease traffic and nab your spot — it’s first come first served at the drive-in! There will be plenty of delicious food and drink on-site, with online ordering and contact-free delivery straight to your car. Think popcorn, sweets, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, plus delicious hot food from Popdogs. All ages are welcome at Drive In Film Club, but please check the rating of the film you are purchasing tickets for. Film certification is strictly enforced and we have the right to refuse entry if you cannot provide proof of age for films with age restrictions. We kindly ask that you watch the movie from within your vehicles. If you exit the vehicle for any reason, you leave your car please war face mask and maintain social distancing.
Address and Directions
Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY
The entrance to the drive-in is off South Terrace. Turn left at the roundabout off South Terrace into the Ice Rink car park. The pavilion car park is then located via a right hand turn which will be clearly marked as the entrance to the Drive In. Look out for our staff who will be checking tickets and guiding you towards our parking attendants.