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First-look photo of Daniel Radcliffe in Escape From Pretoria

Escape From Pretoria

Story by Jack Foley

PRODUCTION has commenced on the true-life prison break feature Escape From Pretoria, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Daniel Webber.

Radcliffe and Australian actor Webber (The Dirt, 11.22.63, The Punisher) play political prisoners and freedom fighters Tim Jenkin and Stephen Lee.

A ‘first-look’ image from the production featuring Radcliffe and Webber has just been released.

Other cast members on board include 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).

Based on an extraordinary 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 defences, 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.

Arclight Films Chairman Gary Hamilton commented: “We are delighted to be collaborating with the brilliant team at the SAFC and MEP Capital, and the producers at BeaglePug and Footprint Films. They are fantastic partners to bring this extraordinary tale to life and we look forward to seeing this incredible film in cinemas around the world very soon.”

And South Australia’s Minister for Industry and Skills, Hon. David Pisoni MP, said: “South Australia’s increasing ability to attract major international productions to shoot here is testament to our diverse and unique locations and world-class crews and facilities. The Marshall Liberal Government is investing in our local film industry to ensure we are globally competitive.”

Arclight Films is partnering on the film with MEP Capital and the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC).