TNT Africa will bring its A-game with the launch of exclusive TNT Original Movies
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TNT Africa will bring its A-game with the launch of exclusive TNT Original Movies

Based on the real-life 1979 prison escape of three young political prisoners from prison in South Africa, Escape from Pretoria, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Daniel Webber, will premiere in July as first TNT Original Movie


This July, TNT Africa will launch its first TNT Original production from the brand-new movies slate produced by WarnerMedia’s Particular Crowd (Turner Latin America's original movie banner), never been seen before in Africa. Presenting a wide range of mainstream entertainment genres, featuring renowned international casts, the TNT Original slate offers a brand-new, original movie premiere the first Saturday of every month from the 4th of July.


The first film to debut is none other than Escape from Pretoria, based on the true story of Tim Jenkin (Daniel Radcliffe) and Stephen Lee (Daniel Webber). The young, white South Africans were branded ‘terrorists’ working covert operations for Nelson Mandela’s banned ANC. Incarcerated in Pretoria Central Prison’s maximum-security wing in 1978, they decide to send the apartheid regime a clear message and escape! With breathtaking ingenuity, meticulous surveillance, and wooden keys crafted for 10 steel doors, they make a bid for freedom... Beyond a thrilling will-they-won’t-they-escape, this is the story of an oppressed majority’s struggle and two ordinary men who stood up to be counted in the pursuit of equality for all.


Other action-packed titles include Buffaloed, directed by Tanya Wexler; Human Capital, a thriller starring Liev Screiber and directed by Marc Meyers; and Guns Akimbo with Daniel Radcliffe in the lead and follows a mild-mannered man relying on his newly acquired, forcefully attached handgun to save his ex-girlfriend from kidnappers.


This first premiere, Escape from Pretoria, will resonate with the local audience while acting as a hook to introduce the new editorial strategy of TNT Original Movies. The race-against-time thriller, with an international cast, is exciting and captivating. Tim Jenkin, South African writer, former anti-apartheid activist, and political prisoner, commented, “I was worried the movie would take off in a certain direction, but it didn’t, and the movie turned out to be very electrifying and pretty close to the absolute truth!”


With the new TNT Original Movie slate, viewers can look forward to exclusive, theatrical experiences in their own living rooms from the comfort of their couch, during which the current climate, staying at home is the new routine.


South African film fanatic and movie critic, Stephen Aspeling, better known as SPL!NG, invites you to join him for the premiere of Escape from Pretoria on Saturday, 4 July, at 20:00 CAT on TNT Africa, DStv channel 137 and GOtv channel 16. Join in the SPL!NG watch party experience with other movie fans by following #BingeingWithSpling on Facebook and Twitter at and @SplingMovies using #TNToriginals and #Escapefrompretoria.




Notes to Editor:

Click here to check out the trailer to Escape From Pretoria

View the trailer for the TNT Original Movies slate here


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