The gripping crime drama of Ellen Pakkies’s life was honoured with three big awards at the annual kykNET Silwerskerm Festival this past weekend.
Jill Levenberg (Genadekans, Noem my Skollie, Suidooster), who plays the role of Ellen – a mother that killed her drug-addicted son out of sheer desperation, won Best Actress. Jarrid Geduld (A Lucky Man, A Boy Called Twist, Black Sails), who stars as the troubled Abie Pakkies, was awarded Best Actor for his efforts.
“There are no words to describe how I feel. Thank you to M-Net, kykNET, Silwerskermfees and everyone involved in this film. Thank you to Aunty Ellen for being so brave to share her story with the world. When we are transparent we facilitate mutual healing. Please support the film when it releases in cinemas on 7 September 2018. The international community is recognizing our work, but we need the South African public behind us”, says Jill Levenberg.
Jarrid Geduld says: “I feel incredibly proud to be given this award. My spirit feels lifted. My soul is grounded. I can only thank God for choosing me to be on this journey”.
Amy Jephta walked away with the Best Script Award and the film also received various other nominations at the festival. "Ellen, The Ellen Pakkies Story" was produced under the watchful eye of acclaimed director, Daryne Joshua (Noem My Skollie), in association with producers, Schalk-Willem Burger and Paulo Areal, with input from Ellen Pakkies herself.