- A World Apart (film)
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Jodhi May Barbara Hershey Jeroen Krabbe Tim Roth David Suchet
Atlantic Releasing Corporation
June 17 1988
"A World Apart" is a
1988anti- Apartheiddrama, written by Shawn Slovoand directed by Chris Menges. It is based on the lives of Slovo's parents, Ruth Firstand Joe Slovo. The film was a co-productionbetween companies from the UKand Zimbabwe, where the movie was filmed. It features Hans Zimmer's first non-collaborative film score.
Johannesburgin 1963, the film examines the abrupt ending of 13-year-old Molly's blithe childhood when her father, a communist and anti-Apartheid-activist, must go into exile and her mother must continue her fight against Apartheid without her husband. Molly is avoided by her white ex-schoolfriends and so she seeks greater closeness to her mother. Due to the attempts at intimidation of the military police and the imprisonment of Molly's mother, the relationship of mother and daughter faces a severe test. The "world apart" of the title refers both to the gap between the woman and the teenage girl - who doesn't understand why her mother is so obsessed by events beyond the comfortable world of the white suburbs - and the space between that world and that of the (black) majority. Essentially, the film is a tribute to Ruth Firstby her daughter and ends in a moment of epiphany as Molly comes to terms with her mother's political activism and understands that she too must play a part in the struggle to change South Africa.
Jodhi May- Molly Roth
Jeroen Krabbé- Gus Roth
Barbara Hershey- Diana Roth
Linda Mvusi- Elsie
Nadine Chalmers- Yvonne Abelson
Kate Fitzpatrick- June Abelson
Tim Roth- Harold
Carolyn Clayton-Cragg- Myriam Roth
Yvonne Bryceland- Bertha
Merav Gruer- Jude Roth
Paul Freeman- Kruger
Rosalie Crutchley- Mrs. Harris
Adrian Dunbar- Le Roux
David Suchet- Muller
Awards and nominations
*1989: Winner - "BAFTA Best Screenplay" Shawn Slowo
*1989: Nominee - "BAFTA Best Supporting Actor"
*1988: Winner - "Cannes Film Festival Best Actress (tie):"
Jodhi May, Barbara Hershey, and Linda Mvusi
*1988: Nominee - "Cannes Film Festival"
*1988: Winner - "Cannes Film Festival Special Grand Prize of the Jury:" Chris Menges
*1988: Winner - "Cannes Film Festival Price of the Ecumenical Jury:" Chris Menges
*1988: Winner - "Evening Standard British Film Award" Jodhi May - Most Promising Newcomer
*1989: Nominee - "Independent Spirit Award" Best Foreign Film
*1988: Winner - "New York Film Critics Circle Awards" Chris Menges - Best Director
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