Ellen: The Ellen Pakkies Story opened in cinemas around the country this weekend and after receiving rave reviews from top critics across the country, the sentiment was mirrored by the general public as the film has a successful opening weekend. The movie debuted at number six on the local box office charts and brought in an impressive R968 408 during its opening weekend, with the total including all pre-sales.

This means more than 14 808 viewers have already shown their support for this incredible film that won three awards, including Best Script – Amy Jephta; Best Actress – Jill Levenberg and Best Actor – Jarrid Geduld, at this year’s kykNET Silwerskerm Festival.

The film is already a hit with overseas audiences and was showcased at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, as well as the 44th annual Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) in the USA. 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.

If you haven’t seen the film just yet, make sure you head out to a cinema near you this week to see what all the fuss is about.

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