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Shirley Adams (2009)

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Shirley Adams spends her days caring for her disabled son, Donovan - he was shot in the back of the neck on his way home from school one afternoon over a year ago. Since then the Adams ... See full summary »


Oliver Hermanus


Stavros Pamballis (screenplay), Oliver Hermanus (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Denise Newman ... Shirley Adams
Keenan Arrison ... Donovan Adams
Emily Child ... Tamsin Ranger
Theresa Sedras Theresa Sedras ... Kariema Samsodien
Gamiet Peterson Gamiet Peterson ... Kariem Samsodien (as Gamiet Petersen)
Travis Snyders Travis Snyders ... Jeremy Jacobs
Lee-Ann Van Rooi Lee-Ann Van Rooi ... Philda Jacobs (as Lee-Ann van Rooi)
David Muller David Muller ... Kurt Williams
Adrian Galley ... Doctor
Sasha Lee Sasha Lee ... Sasha
Lu Chase Lu Chase ... Nurse
Ruth Mpukwana Ruth Mpukwana ... Pharmacy Assistant #2
Suzanne Elizabeth Duncan Suzanne Elizabeth Duncan ... Receptionist
Mntuwelilizwe Ndamane Mntuwelilizwe Ndamane ... Bailiff
Marlene Hyland Marlene Hyland ... Judge (as Marlene Hylard)


Shirley Adams spends her days caring for her disabled son, Donovan - he was shot in the back of the neck on his way home from school one afternoon over a year ago. Since then the Adams family has lost all their worldly possessions to medical bills. Shirley has no money, no job and no husband - he left without a trace months ago. Shirley's life now consists of trying to make ends meet by shoplifting and relying on the charity of others. When a young, eager occupational therapist, Tamsin Ranger, comes into their lives, Shirley hopes that it might lift her son's spirits and finally put them on the path to some form of stability. At the same time Shirley receives a phone call one afternoon informing her that Donovan's case is finally going to trial, but the glory is short lived when Shirley discovers that the shooter is one of Donovan's childhood friends. Her reaction to the betrayal is so overwhelming that she chooses not to tell Donovan in fear of further damaging his already unstable ... Written by Oliver Hermanus

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The story of a woman who loses her family to violence and poverty, but gains her own sense of self worth.





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English | Afrikaans

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26 October 2011 (France) See more »

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