Proteus (2003)

Proteus (2003)
Country: Canada, South Africa
Release Year: 2003
Director: John Greyson
Writer: John Greyson, Jack Lewis
Language: English, Afrikaans
Genre: Drama, Romance
Runtime: 103 min
Cast:Rouxnet Brown, Brett Goldin, Neil Sandilands
Shaun Smyth, Grant Swanby, Kristen Thomson
Tessa Jubber, Terry Norton, Adrienne Pierce
Studio:Pluck Productions, Strand Releasing
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A recreation of the decade-long love affair in the 18th century in a Cape Town penal colony on Robben Island. The two lovers were a Dutch sailor imprisoned there for sodomy and a young Khoi herder. The Khoi were part of the Hottentot tribal group and as such were the untouchables of that time. The two were placed on trial and this love affair and the legal battles are the grist of Greyson and Lewis' film based partly on court transcripts from the time. In South Africa, during the 1700s, sodomy was a crime deemed worse than murder, and the fact that these two young men had indulged in it was also complicated by the fact that this was an interracial love affair.

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