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Ellen: Die storie van Ellen Pakkies (2018)

Story of drug addiction and murder


Daryne Joshua


Amy Jephta
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Credited cast:
Jill Levenberg Jill Levenberg ... Ellen Pakkies
Jarrid Geduld ... Abie Pakkies
Elton Landrew Elton Landrew ... Odneal Pakkies
Ilse Klink Ilse Klink ... Judge. Von Dheman
Clint Brink Clint Brink ... Adrian Samuels
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
St John Alexandre St John Alexandre ... Mr. Roos
Anray Aminsure Anray Aminsure ... Secretary
Abbi Crail Abbi Crail ... Birdy
Amrain Ismail-Essop Amrain Ismail-Essop ... Leticia Bailey
Hurman Louw Hurman Louw ... Police Constable
Carmen Maarman Carmen Maarman ... Cheryl
Gershwin Mias Gershwin Mias ... Rifaat
Russel Savadier ... Martin Yodaiken
Grant Swanby ... Pastor Abrahams
Liande Valentyn Liande Valentyn ... Constable Jonas


Based on true events, Ellen tells of the troubled relationship between a mother and her drug-addicted son - a relationship that will eventually drive her to the edge and lead to his murder. In 2007, the death of 20 year old Abie Pakkies created a stir in South Africa and the world. The most disturbing part of the case was that the murderer was his mother, Ellen. When advocate Adrian Samuels takes on the case, he is determined to prove that Ellen Pakkies had no choice. But what compelled her to stop seeking help? How does a mother become desperate enough to take her own son's life? Told across two timelines, Ellen is the harrowing account of a woman put through the penal system, tried for murder and driven by an unflinching love for her son. It delves into the inner psyche of a family ravaged by drugs in one of the most dangerous communities in South Africa. A scourge that extends beyond the Cape Flats and highlights a systematic failure to protect the poorest of the poor.

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After this movie there were no words
16 September 2018 | by celestesteegmansSee all my reviews

I live in Cape Town not far from Lavender Hill and pass by on the M5 each day rushing pass Joe Marks and Prince George intersection hoping traffic lights wont turn red. Why? Because you hear its a high risk area for robberies. NOT once did or could I relate to what is happening inside the streets and courts inside LH. Today I have a new respect for those affected by drugs. Today after wacthing this incredible movie can I salute the brave. I thought I was a strong woman being a single mom for many years...but the women in LH..and so many more places like it.....wow you are my new role models. Now I understand. Thankyou Daryne Joshua and the cast for portraying the Ellen Pakkies story. Thankyou thankyou thank YOU

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Release Date:

7 September 2018 (South Africa) See more »

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Ellen: The Ellen Pakkies Story See more »


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$650,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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