SLEEPER'S WAKE – A Gripping South African Thriller
Whilst I wasn’t 100% captivated by this movie, it does keep you on the edge till the last horrifying moment.
I would probably classify this movie as a psychological thriller. Its one of those films that features a lot of unanswered questions, but gradually all the pieces of the puzzle fall into place.
The movie begins in a hospital ward, where John Wraith (played by Lionel Newton), a South African writer, wakes up completely disorientated, and with an enormous wound on his forehead. From flashbacks, one gathers that he is recovering from an accident in which his wife and daughter were killed.
John retreats to Natures Cove, a secluded and largely uninhabited coastal settlement. Here he hopes to relax, heal, and start writing again. And, it is here that he meets a troubled and complex teenage girl, named Jackie (played by Jay Anstey), who is dealing with some skeletons of her own.
A strange and erotic relationship develops between the two. Jackie is the seductress, but John slowly gets caught up in something that he knows is forbidden, but somehow cant resist… Despite her deeply religious father’s watchful eye, guilt and tragedy has brought these two unlikely bed fellows together and their relationship leads to a complicated string of events.
Directed by Barry Berk, produced by Ken Kaplan, with Anant Singh as executive producer, the movie was based on the novel written by Alistair Morgan.
The film was premiered locally at the Durban International Film Festival, and internationally at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The movie is being released at cinemas countrywide on 8 March, and is definitely for adult audiences.
Local is definitely lekker - so grab some popcorn and a coke and go and see Sleepers Wake this weekend.