In 1725, two young men meet while working in the prison garden of Robben Island, Cape Town’s penal colony. Claas Blank (Rouxnet Brown) is a quick-witted convict, determined to escape at any cost. Rijkhaart Jacobs (Neil Sandilands) is a soft-spoken Dutch sailor serving time for sodomy. Despite the vast racial and cultural taboos, they embark on a tentative affair that neither has words for.
Their relationship is witnessed by Virgil Niven, the Scottish botanist who runs the prison garden. This strange triangle of fascination and repression continues for 10 years, ignored by the prison authorities, until Niven returns to the Cape and inadvertently brings about their downfall.
Canadian Connection: Director John Greyson and actress Kristen Thomson are Canadian.
Studio: Pluck Productions
Producer(s): Anita Lee, Platon Trakoshis, Steven Markovitz
Screenplay: John Greyson, Jack Lewis
Official Site: www.telefilm.gc.ca/data/production/prod_2764.asp?lang=en&c=1