Based on 2008’s Whiplash, an award-winning bestseller by Tracey Farren, Tess is explicit in its account of the horrific experiences of South African prostitutes. Under the haunting direction of Meg Rickards: drug addiction, rape and teen pregnancy form the base of this jarring story and film adaptation.
24-year-old Cape Town-born actress, Christia Visser brings Tess alive with what Farren describes as the ‘audacious courage’ and ‘indomitable spirit’ of sex workers. Performances by Nse Ikpe-Etim, Brendon Daniels, Lee-Ann van Rooi, Dann Jacques Mouton and Quanita Adams are a tear-jerking reminder of the outstanding talent that Africa has to offer.
The book, which was initially turned down by several publishers for being too violent, took home a Times Literary award in 2009 with the movie adding multiple accolades from the Durban International Film Festival and the Silwerksermfees Awards.
You’ll have to wait until its nationwide release in February 2017 if you miss our exclusive showings of a South African gem that should be well on its way to Academy Award greatness. So make your booking for between 16 and 22 September at Ster Kinekor Nouveau.