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ARCLIGHT FILMS has boarded Daniel Radcliffe’s ESCAPE FROM PRETORIA to co-finance with Magna Entertainment and handle worldwide s

Arclight Films has come on board to co-finance the true-life prison break feature film Escape from Pretoria along with Magna Entertainment, it was announced today by Arclight chairman Gary Hamilton. The company is also repping worldwide rights to the feature which stars Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, Jungle, The Woman in Black).


Currently in pre-production, Francis Annan makes his directorial debut from the screenplay he co-penned with LH Adams based on Tim Jenkin’s autobiography Inside Out: Escape from Pretoria Prison.


Based on the extraordinary true story of Tim Jenkin (Radcliffe) and Stephen Lee, Escape From Pretoria follows two twenty-something white South Africans branded ‘terrorists’ and imprisoned in 1978 for being involved in covert anti-apartheid operations for the ANC (African National Congress).  Incarcerated in Pretoria Maximum Security Prison (the white man’s Robben Island), Jenkin and Lee – joined by a fellow inmate - decide to send the regime a clear message and escape.  After months of meticulous surveillance, breath-taking ingenuity, and in a race against time as the authorities strengthen the prison security defenses, the group craft wooden keys for each of the 10 steel doors between them and freedom. 


Escape From Pretoria is an inspiring story which we are delighted to be a part of,” says Arclight’s Hamilton. “Having worked with Daniel Radcliffe previously, his superb skill as an actor is the perfect fit to tell this timely and extraordinary tale of courage and social morality. Buyers are already excited for this project which will undoubtedly be a hit in the international marketplace.”


“Footprint Films and BeaglePug are thrilled to be working with Arclight Films and Magna Entertainment to bring to life one of the most daring and ingenious prison escapes of the twentieth century.” say UK Producers David Barron, Mark Blaney and Jackie Sheppard. “We’re also very excited to be working with the immensely talented Francis Annan on this astonishing true story. Much more than just another prison break thriller, Escape From Pretoria is a story of our time, a story of risking everything in the fight for freedom and equality, against injustice and oppression.”


Escape from Pretoria is an Australian/UK co-production, financed with the assistance of the South Australia Film Corporation, and is produced by BeaglePug’s David Barron (Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella, Harry Potter, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein), Footprint Films’ Mark Blaney (This is Not A Love Song, Africa United) and Jackie Sheppard (Africa United), and Arclight’s Hamilton and Michelle Krumm.

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