The movie Tess, based on Tracey Farren’s debut novel, has been picked up for international distribution by The Little Film Company.
The film was directed by Meg Rickards and produced by Paul Egan and Kim Williams. It has already won awards and hearts at film festivals, and it will be released on the local circuit on Friday, 24 February.
Read more about the international distribution deal here:
The Little Film Company, a motion picture sales and marketing company founded by Robbie and Ellen Little, is no stranger to the South African film industry, the company previously distributed the 2005 Academy Award Best Foreign Picture winner Tsotsi. “Tess is a very moving and provocative film and we are all incredibly excited to be bringing it to the world”, said Robbie Little.
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Director Meg Rickards wrote an article for Mail & Guardian about why she was committed to making this film. She believes it is crucial that women say “No – systemic sexism can never be tolerated,” and keep on saying that as long and as loudly as necessary.
The story of Tess, a young sex-worker, is one that offers a barometer of how dire sexual violence is in our society. It is not intended to be a general representation, but one story about about one woman, and one voice joining the shout to say “No!”
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Given that I’m a filmmaker — not a nurse, educator or social worker, who would have infinitely more practical responses — this is what I could do about the things that keep me awake at night: make a movie. I have this mad hope in the power of cinema, not to change the world (if only!) but to nudge it. Cinema’s punch, I believe, comes from its capacity to create empathy and on this basis I challenge viewers to take 88 minutes to walk in Tess’s battered boots.
Don’t miss the opportunity to hear the author, the director and the publisher of Tess discuss the story at one of these events:
Colleen Higgs, publisher, will be in conversation with author Tracey Farren and Meg Rickards, director of the movie. Entrance is free. Please RSVP to The Book Lounge: firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 462 2425.
- A screening and panel discussion with the WITS African Centre for Migration & Society in Johannesburg on Friday, 24 February at Wits University.
Details to follow.
- The Nonceba Family Counselling Centre’s fundraising screening of Tess at the V&A Nu Metro on Sunday, 26 February at 7 pm
Author and screenwriter Tracey Farren, director Meg Rickards and lead actress Christia Visser will join Pauline Perez from the Centre for a Q&A after the screening. Tickets cost R150 and include popcorn and a soft drink – please email email@example.com to book.
Here is a list of cinemas that will screen Tess on release day, 24 February:
- Brooklyn Commercial
- East Rand Mall
- Garden Route Mall
- Gateway Commercial
- Irene Mall
- Rosebank Mall Nouveau
- Somerset Mall
- Tiger Valley
- Vaal Mall
- Menlyn Park
- V&A Waterfront
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- Tess by Tracey Farren
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Image of Meg Rickards courtesy of PinkVilla
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