Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana on the big screen in SA

Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana on the big screen in SA

The long-awaited film, The Forgiven, is a fictionalised account of Reconciliation Commission. The drama follows Archbishop Desmond Tutu, masterfully portrayed by Forest Whitaker

apartheid-era hit squad, Piet Blomfeld (Eric Bana
), over redemption and forgiveness.

While it has been two decades since the TRC concluded, director

returns to that time to grapple with the terrible truths of apartheid and its legacy. The film opens at South African cinemas nationwide this Friday, 5 October, 2018 of apartheid in an attempt to heal and unite South Africa. When Tutu receives a highly articulate letter pleading for clemency, written by the convicted murderer, he becomes intrigued enough to visit the prisoner in his cell; here the two men have a series of intense conversations about guilt and forgiveness.

The film will be shown at the following cinemas around the country:

Ster-Kinekor Tygervalley

Ster-Kinekor Blue Route

Ster-Kinekor V&A Waterfront

Ster-Kinekor Gateway

Ster-Kinekor Cedar Square

Ster-Kinekor Brooklyn

Ster-Kinekor Rosebank

Ster-Kinekor Cresta

Nu Metro Hyde Park

Nu Metro V&A Waterfront


Labia Orange Street

Watch the trailer here:

Political stories and THE FORGIVEN, like his 1984 cinematic breakthrough The Killing Fields, is cerebral and unflinchingly violent in its depiction of Academy Award winner Whitaker delivers a finely nuanced performance, conveying Tutu’s formidable inner strength, dignity and compassion. Having previously portrayed a South African in the film Zulu (2013), he already had add depth and power to his performance as the Archbishop.

Despite being one of Hollywood’s most acclaimed actors, Whitaker confessed that playing Tutu proved to be one of the biggest challenges of his career.

faith. But he has a graceful way in which he looks at the world. Trying to pull those things together, to capture the spirit of the man, was Bana, too, delivers a powerhouse performance, using his physicality and charisma to make a loathsome character suitably scary, but also very human.

myself into South African history. There was so much that I needed to know, sense of entitlement came from. It was just one of those roles where you have to really jump into the deep end, and trying to learn and understand a Produced by Craig Baumgarten and South African producing partner, Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat from Light and Dark Films
, the film was shot completely in and around Cape Town, including at one of

Prison. It also boasts strong performances by South African actors Jeff Gum,

timely, compelling and intelligent film, movingly, and above all humanely, captures what it felt like to be working with those selfless members of the TRC who strove, often against the odds, to help bring both truth and reconciliation to the ordinary people of South Africa. The film is a tribute to the remarkable and healing power of forgiveness and the outstanding compassion and courage of those who offered love and forgiveness as an antidote to hate and inhumanity. This is not only a film about a certain

With potent acting, relevant social commentary, adept writing and direction, THE FORGIVEN is a powerful film, and the ultimate testament to the power of forgiveness and finding common ground in our humanity.

THE FORGIVEN was produced by international award-winning feature film and television production company Light and Dark Films. The film will be released in cinemas, nationwide, on 5 October 2018, and is distributed by Filmfinity (Pty) Ltd.