Amy Jephta
writer | director | producer
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the ellen pakkies story

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the ellen pakkies story

feature film screenplay

official submission: golden globes 2018 foreign language film - south africa

PRODUCTION COMPANY: MOVING BILLBOARD PICTURES

DIRECTOR: DARYNE JOSHUA

PREMIERE: ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

PRODUCERS: PAULO AREAL, SCHALK BURGER

FESTIVALS: SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL / AFRYKAMERA POLAND / toronto black film festival

Based on true events, Ellen tells of the troubled relationship between a mother and her drug-addicted son – a relationship that will eventually drive her to the edge and lead to his murder.

In 2007, the death of 20 year old Abie Pakkies created a stir in South Africa and the world. The most disturbing part of the case was that the murderer was his mother, Ellen. When advocate Adrian Samuels takes on the case, he is determined to prove that Ellen Pakkies had no choice. But what compelled her to
stop seeking help? How does a mother become desperate enough to take her own son’s life?

Told across two timelines, Ellen is the harrowing account of a woman put through the penal system, tried for murder and driven by an unflinching love for
her son. It 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.

The Ellen Pakkies on IMDB

Publicity for The Ellen Pakkies Story

On the Big Screen

Rotterdam Film Festival

Ellen Pakkies story made into a movie

Golden Globes Foreign Film - Official Submission