Ellen, the upcoming film adaptation of the Ellen Pakkies story, is set for theatrical release around the country on 7 September 2018 and it’s already doing some big things. The film has already received multiple rave reviews from critics and recently took home three awards at the annual kykNET Silwerskerm Festival this past weekend.

The film made a massive impact at the festival and saw Jill Levenberg (of Genadekans, Noem my Skollie and Suidooster fame) who plays the role of Ellen – a mother that killed her drug-addicted son out of sheer desperation, won Best Actress while Jarrid Geduld (known for his roles in A Lucky Man, A Boy Called Twist and Black Sails), who stars as the troubled Abie Pakkies, was awarded Best Actor at the prestigious ceremony.

“There are no words to describe how I feel. Thank you to M-Net, kykNET, Silwerskermfees and everyone involved in this film. Thank you to Aunty Ellen for being so brave to share her story with the world. When we are transparent we facilitate mutual healing. Please support the film when it releases in cinemas on 7 September 2018. The international community is recognizing our work, but we need the South African public behind us”, says Jill Levenberg. Jarrid Geduld adds: “I feel incredibly proud to be given this award. My spirit feels lifted. My soul is grounded. I can only thank God for choosing me to be on this journey”.

Amy Jephta won the film’s third award in the Best Script category.

The film has been well-received both locally and internationally. ‘Ellen’ was recently showcased at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, as well as the 44th annual Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) in the USA.

The film takes a look at the troubled life of Ellen Pakkies who made headlines who strangled her own son to death. The film delves into the inner psyche of a family ravaged by drugs in one of the most dangerous communities in South Africa. A scourge that extends beyond the Cape Flats and highlights a systematic failure to protect the poorest of the poor.

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