Daniel Radcliffe has traded in Azkaban and his wand for a wooden key and a prison in Pretoria.
Johannesburg, South Africa – Escape from Pretoria is a thriller film based on the real-life prison escape by three young political prisoners from a jail in South Africa in 1979, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Daniel Webber.
It was filmed in Adelaide, South Australia, in early 2019, both on location in the city and suburbs and in the Glenside studios of the South Australian Film Corporation.
Based on a book by one of the escapees, Jenkin, called Inside Out: Escape from Pretoria Prison, the film tells the true-life story of political prisoners Jenkin (played by Radcliffe) and Stephen Lee (played by Webber), two white South Africans who, along with other prisoners, hatched a plot to break out of Pretoria Central Prison in 1979 after being imprisoned on charges of “producing and distributing 18 different pamphlets on behalf of banned organisations” (including the ANC) during the apartheid era in South Africa.
Some of the other political prisoners, including Denis Goldberg, helped to create and refine the details of the planned escape.
The film has already been criticized by many South Africans for the “bad” accents. Watch the trailer below and let us know in the comments if you agree:
And if the accents are too much for you, then watch the incredible Tim Jenkin documentary below.
This is a documentary of their dramatic escape aired by National Geographic Channel in June 2013. It appeared as an episode of the National Geographic Breakout series.