SHEPHERDS AND BUTCHERS

COMPETITION

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OLIVER SCHMITZ

South Africa

Synopsis

South Africa, 1987. When Leon, a white 19-year-old prison guard commits an inexplicable act of violence, killing seven black men in a hail of bullets, the outcome of the trial – and the Court sentence – seems a foregone conclusion. Hotshot lawyer of British descent John Weber reluctantly takes on the seemingly unwinnable case. John discovers that young Leon worked on death row in the nation’s most notorious prison, under traumatic conditions: befriending the inmates over the years while having to assist in their eventual execution. As the Court hearings progress, the case offers John the opportunity to put the entire system of legally sanctioned murder on trial.

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Country

South Africa, USA & Germany

Year

2016

Duration

1h47

Format

In color

Language

In English & Afrikaans

Subtitling

Arabic, English & French

Data sheet

Directing

Oliver Schmitz

Producing

Anant Singh & Brian Cox – Videovision Entertainment & Distant Horizon

Screenwriting

Chris Marnewick & Brian Cox, d’après le roman/based on the novel by Chris Marnewick

Cinematography

Leah Striker

Editing

Megan Gill & Isabel Meier

Music

Paul Hepker

interpretation

Steve Coogan (John Weber), Andrea Riseborough (Kathleen Marais), Garion Dowds (Leon Labuschagne)

Contact

WORLD SALES

WestEnd Films

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Londres W14 0EE

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Tel : +44 207 494 8300

Email : lucieb@westendfilms.com

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