About the film

Told across two timelines, this movie shares the story of Ellen’s stormy relationship with her twenty-year old drug-addict son, Abie Pakkies. In 2007, his death caused a stir worldwide when it was revealed that his mother was the one who murdered him.

When advocate Adrian Samuels takes on the case, he is determined to prove that Ellen had no choice. But what compelled her to stop seeking help? How does a mother become desperate enough to take her own son’s life?

DIRECTOR

Daryne Joshua

WRITER

Amy Jephta

CAST

St John Alexandre, Anray Aminsure, Clint Brink

Run Time

2h 3min

Trailer

Film Critics

“This is a highly emotive journey and one of the best SA productions to emerge in years.” The Citizen“The Story of Ellen Pakkies will rock you to the core from beginning to end.” Channel24

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