Described by The Guardian as "an impressively nuanced and ambiguous piece of work," the Man Booker Prize finalist "Philida" is the last work of fiction by one of South Africa's greatest novelists, André Brink. It is an unforgettable, true story of a female slave in pre-apartheid South Africa, and her fierce determination to survive and to be free.
In a time when the rights of women and people of color continue to be in question, this is a story of conflict, brutality, invincable courage, and indomitable spirit that still resonates today. Having been granted the exclusive rights by the Brink estate to develop a sceenplay adaptation of the novel, I have drawn on my personal experience South Africa's history and her peoples to reimagine this powereful work in visually dramatic terms. A feature film is currently in pre-production in Cape Town.