Remember back in March last year, where out of nowhere, Pirie Street was dressed as 1970s’ Cape Town with Daniel Radcliffe being the lead actor in a film production? Well, now we get to see the context of the scene this weekend!
Despite the big upcoming blockbusters being constantly delayed due to the unknown state of the world, the Adelaide Film Festival is back with Cinema Reignite program, which will feature two brand new movies, Escape From Pretoria and Never Too Late, which were both filmed in South Australia throughout early 2019. The Cinema Reignite program’s proceeds will also help support the reopenings of some local cinema complexes throughout the state.
Escape From Pretoria
Directed and co-written by Francis Annan, Escape From Pretoria tells the true story of Tim Jenkin (Radcliffe) and Stephen Lee (Daniel Webber), two young, white South Africans branded “terrorists”, and imprisoned in 1978 for working covert operations for Nelson Mandela’s banned ANC. 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. The film is a UK/Australia co-production set in South Africa, filmed entirely on location in Adelaide.
Never Too Late
Featuring an all-star cast including Jacki Weaver, Jack Thompson, James Cromwell, Dennis Waterman, Shane Jacobson, and Roy Billing, director Mark Lamprell’s Never too Late, is a “sheer delight”. When a nursing home stands in the way of a 50-year courtship, four grumpy old Vietnam Vets unite to re-enact the great escape. They may have lost their memory and speed, but these renegades prove it’s never too late for new adventures, even if you have to break rules to break free. Never Too Late was shot all around Adelaide throughout March and April last year, with some of the scenes filmed at the Adelaide Oval where dozens of extras were needed to appear in the movie as supporters of the Crows and Port Power. Can’t imagine much acting was required there!
Escape from Pretoria will be playing on Saturday the 11th of July at 7 pm and Never Too Late will be playing on Sunday the 12th of July at 1 pm.