TNT kicks off Original Movies offering with Escape from Pretoria


The new TNT Original Slate premieres brand-new, original movies on the first Saturday of every month.

TNT Africa has launched its first TNT Original production from the brand-new movies slate produced by WarnerMedia’s Particular Crowd (Turner Latin America's original movie banner), never been seen before in Africa.

Presenting a wide range of mainstream entertainment genres and renowned international casts, the TNT Original slate will premiere brand-new, original movie premiere on the first Saturday of every month.

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The slate kicked off Saturday, 4 July with the premiere of the first TNT Original, Escape from Pretoria, based on the true story of Tim Jenkin (Daniel Radcliffe) and Stephen Lee (Daniel Webber). The young, white South Africans were branded ‘terrorists’ working covert operations for Nelson Mandela’s banned ANC. Incarcerated in Pretoria Central Prison’s maximum-security wing in 1978, they decide to send the apartheid regime a clear message and escape! With breathtaking ingenuity, meticulous surveillance, and wooden keys crafted for 10 steel doors, they make a bid for freedom... Beyond a thrilling will-they-won’t-they-escape, this is the story of an oppressed majority’s struggle and two ordinary men who stood up to be counted in the pursuit of equality for all.

Other action-packed titles include Buffaloed, directed by Tanya Wexler; Human Capital, a thriller starring Liev Screiber and directed by Marc Meyers; and Guns Akimbo with Daniel Radcliffe in the lead and follows a mild-mannered man relying on his newly acquired, forcefully attached handgun to save his ex-girlfriend from kidnappers.

Escape from Pretoria was selected as the first premiere because it would resonate with the local audience while acting as a hook to introduce the new editorial strategy of TNT Original Movies. The race-against-time thriller, with an international cast, is exciting and captivating. Tim Jenkin, South African writer, former anti-apartheid activist, and political prisoner, commented, “I was worried the movie would take off in a certain direction, but it didn’t, and the movie turned out to be very electrifying and pretty close to the absolute truth!”

With the new TNT Original Movie slate, viewers can look forward to exclusive, theatrical experiences in their own living rooms from the comfort of their couch, during which the current climate, staying at home is the new routine.

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