'Escape from Pretoria', which is based on the true story of Tim Jenkin (Daniel Radcliffe) and Stephen Lee (Daniel Webber), will debut on July 4.
TNT Africa will launch its first TNT Original production this July from the brand-new movies slate produced by Particular Crowd (Turner Latin America’s original movie banner), never been seen before in Africa. Presenting a wide range of mainstream entertainment genres, featuring renowned international casts, the TNT Original catalogue offers a brand-new, original movie premiere the first Saturday of every month from the 4th of July.
The first film to debut is Escape from Pretoria, based on the true story of Tim Jenkin (Daniel Radcliffe) and Stephen Lee (Daniel Webber). The young, white South Africans were branded ‘terrorists’ working covert operations for Nelson Mandela’s banned ANC. Incarcerated in Pretoria Central Prison’s maximum-security wing in 1978, they decide to send the apartheid regime a clear message and escape!
Other action-packed titles include Buffaloed, directed by Tanya Wexler; Human Capital, a thriller starring Liev Screiber and directed by Marc Meyers; and Guns Akimbo with Daniel Radcliffe in the lead and follows a mild-mannered man relying on his newly acquired, forcefully attached handgun to save his ex-girlfriend from kidnappers.
“With this launch, we are expanding our TNT Africa’s channel offering. We’ve been extremely successful with our selection of American blockbusters to become the second most-watched movie channel in South Africa. We’re always obsessed with creating unique experiences for our fans, and with the new TNT Original Movies, we’re providing our audiences with an exciting, wide range, and consistent flow of high-quality programming across all genres,” commented Guillermo Farré, Head of General Entertainment Channels at WarnerMedia Africa. “Our subsidy, Particular Crowd’s creators, bring it all, building a slate of originals that is nothing short of amazing, aligned with international standards!”
Escape from Pretoria will resonate with the local audience while acting as a hook to introduce the new editorial strategy of TNT Original Movies. The race-against-time thriller, with an international cast, is exciting and captivating. Tim Jenkin, South African writer, former anti-apartheid activist, and political prisoner, commented: “I was worried the movie would take off in a certain direction, but it didn’t, and the movie turned out to be very electrifying and pretty close to the absolute truth!”
“We think this is timely wherein the current climate staying at home is our new routine,” concluded Farré.