Proteus

Directed by John Greyson & Jack Lewis
Produced by Steven Markovitz, Anita Lee & Platon Trakoshis
Written by John Greyson & Jack Lewis
100min
South Africa, Canada
2003



 


Synopsis

Rijkhaart Jacobz, two prisoners on Robben Island who were executed for sodomy in 1735. Their relationship also had a racial component, as Jacobz was a white Dutchman, while Blank was a black Khoi. Virgil Niven, a Scottish botanist, befriends Blank for his knowledge of South African flora, but may in fact have his own sexual interest in Blank.

Festivals

Premiered at Toronto Int Film Festival, 2003 


Berlinale Panorama, 2004

Awards

Best Film, Diversity Award, Barcelona Film Festival, Spain, 2003

Best Actor Award, Sithenghi Film Festival, South Africa, 2003

Best Actor Award, Cape Town World Cinema Festival, South Africa, 2003