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Shepherds and Butchers (2016)

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A lawyer takes on a case of a prison guard in South Africa who is traumatized by the executions he's witnessed.

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Credited cast:
... Kathleen Marais
... Johan Webber
... John's Sister
... Leon Labuschagne
... Pierre De Villiers
... Warrant Officer Rautenbach
Rob van Vuuren ... Prison Medical Officer
... Condemned Man
Marcel van Heerden ... Justice J.P. van Zyl
... Investigation Officer
... Tennis partner
Julian Koberman ... Warder
De Klerk Oelofse ... Eben Christiaan Coetzee
Nicola Hanekom ... Dr. Schlebusch
Michael Richard ... Doubles Partner
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SHEPHERDS AND BUTCHERS follows a jaded lawyer, John Weber (Steve Coogan), who takes on a seemingly hopeless multiple murder case and uncovers scandalous shortcomings in South Africa's capital punishment system as he mounts a defense for a prison guard traumatized by the executions he took part in.

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Drama

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Rated R for disturbing and violent content | See all certifications »
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23 March 2017 (United Arab Emirates)  »

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The Hangman: Shepherds and Butchers  »

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Garion Dowds attended Reddam House school in Bedfordview, South Africa, where his mother teaches Drama. See more »

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Angels
Written by Barry Gibb, Steve Gibb and Ashley Gibb
Performed by Vusi Mahlasela and Barry Gibb
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captivating narrative and dialog
1 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

Very similar to his work on Philomena. A brilliant narrative investigating a mass shooting and the tortured soul on trial. Much more that a legal drama. Its a dark journey into a barbaric (and hopefully much remedied) prison system in South Africa.

Steve Coogan has carved himself a specialty with these films. He brings intensity and brilliant deduction into this character and his scenes.

Also of note is that this appears to be from first time writer and a first time director. Very pleasant surprise that they are so good at delivering a moving subject in their first venture to attract the talented Mr. Coogan.

The young murderer is also very well cast and I can expect other large roles in his future.


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