The much anticipated new South African film, “Ellen, the Story of Ellen Pakkies”, has been chosen for the programme of the 44th annual Seattle International Film Festival that opens in the US next week.

The local producers are elated that the Cape crime drama will be among the 400 movies from 80 countries that will be showcased on a global platform. The film is based on true events of Ellen Pakkies who murdered her 20 year- old son who was a drug addict.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Remember Ellen Pakkies from Lavender Hill?<br>The Mom of drug addicted son who abused her for years?<br>He stabbed her to get her watch one time for tik money…<br>The court did not sentence her for his murder.<br>Jill Levenburg brings to life Ellens story in a new movie. <a href=”https://t.co/iJ9ZbgFkFL”>pic.twitter.com/iJ9ZbgFkFL</a></p>&mdash; Earl Hendricks (@EarlCraig06) <a href=”https://twitter.com/EarlCraig06/status/959804416785354752?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>February 3, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Recently the picture, with Jill Levenberg and Jarrid Geduld, was also screened at the Rotterdam Film Fest in the Netherlands. Meanwhile, another local movie titled, “Number 37”, has been signed for release in North America shortly.

Sources within the industry say the interest in this crime thriller abroad is huge. “Number 37” tells the story of a man who witnesses a powerful criminal commits murder and then decides to blackmail him in an attempt to settle his debt.