PROJECT TITLE: Tess
FORMAT: Theatrical Feature
LOGLING: When sex worker Tess falls pregnant, she has to fight to keep her past from swallowing her whole.
TAGLINE: I’ll take your breath away
LANGUAGE: 70% Afrikaans, 30% English
WRITER: Tracey Farren, based on her novel Whiplash
DIRECTOR: Meg Rickards
PRODUCERS: Paul Egan & Kim Williams
PRINCIPAL CAST: Christia Visser, Nse Ikpe-Ekim, Brendon Daniels
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Boondogle Films
Sassy twenty-year-old Tess sells her body on Cape Town’s streets. She survives by popping painkillers by the bunch and through her wry humour. But her life turns upside down when she falls pregnant. Though Tess tries to run, her past torments her. She begins to question her own sanity. Tess ﬁghts back, ﬁghting her demons, searching for the truth. A gritty no-holds-barred drama, shot in found locations in a living, breathing handheld style.
What the Critics Said
Important and unflinching, Tess neatly flips the script.
Dramaties. Besielend. Sielsopenbarend.
This film is like a hard punch that winds you because you almost can’t believe how cruelly people treat each other.
Yet Tess reminds you that you don’t need to be a victim of your circumstances.