‘Escape from Pretoria’ trailer: Daniel Radcliffe stars in 1970s prison escape drama

Two trailers for Daniel Radcliffe’s new period drama movie have been released.

Set in the 1970s the during the Apartheid, Escape from Pretoria sees the Harry Potter star play Tim Jenkins, a real life ANC activist who was imprisoned in South Africa’s maximum security prison Pretoria.

Along with two imprisoned fellow freedom fighters, played by Daniel Webber and Mark Leonard Winter, Tim escaped on 11th December 1979 using hand-made wooden keys which he crafted whilst incarcerated.

Watch the first trailer:


The official synopsis reads: “Escape From Pretoria is the true story of Tim Jenkin (Daniel Radcliffe) and Stephen Lee (Daniel Webber), young, white South Africans branded “terrorists”, and imprisoned in 1978 for working covert operations for Nelson Mandela’s banned ANC.

“Incarcerated in Pretoria Maximum Security Prison, they decide to send the apartheid regime a clear message and escape! With breath-taking 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.”

Watch the latest trailer:


Filmed in Australia last year, the movie has been adapted from Tim Jenkins’ book Inside Out: Escape From Pretoria Prison by director Francis Annan.

Escape from Pretoria will be released in UK cinemas on 6th March.

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