A story of redemption and forgiveness


The post-apartheid story, Written and Directed by Roland Joffe and Co-written by Michael Ashton is based on Ashton’s play The Archbishop and The Antichrist.


The drama follows Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s (Whitaker) work as President of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa, and his struggle with a brutal murderer Piet Blomfeld (Bana) over concession and redemption. Described as a story of redemption and forgiveness this film was shot completely in Cape Town, South Africa, where principle photography commenced in November 2016.


Mostly filmed in and around the city, the film crew on many occasions had to endure long days and nights in one of the world’s most dangerous prison facilities, Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison, where Nelson Mandela himself spent his years between 1982 and 1988. Based on the play, The Archbishop and The Antichrist, Roland Joffe, together with Michael Ashton wrote the film’s original screenplay.


Craig Baumgarten together with local South African producing partner Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat from Light and Dark Films, and with blessings from the Archbishop himself, says “Archbishop Tutu’s story is poignant and timely”. “It reminds us of his gift of forgiveness and the healing it brings, and we are honored to tell this story.”


The Forgiven will screen at the London International Film Festival in October 2017. The film will be released in cinemas, nationwide, on 5 October 2018 and is distributed by Filmfinity (Pty) Ltd.

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