Rodini takes ‘Farm’ to Cannes

Grant's period drama to preem at fest

JOHANNESBURG — Rodini Films’ “The Story of an African Farm,” based on Olive Schreiner’s classic 19th century novel of the same name and starring Richard E. Grant, is to premiere in the Cannes market next month.

South African filmmaker Bonnie Rodini fell in love with the book when she studied it at school. She wrote a script, and the film was shot on a farm in South Africa’s Karoo semi-desert region where the novel is set.

Casting Grant — who was born in Swaziland, studied drama at Cape Town U. and is a frequent visitor to Southern Africa — was key to raising the financing that got the project off the ground. Armin Mueller-Stahl also joined the predominantly South African cast.

Pic tells the story of three children growing up in the 1860’s on a lonely farm in the Karoo whose lives are turned upside down when a charming and eccentric but scheming Irishman (Grant) manages to gain influence over their stepmother.

David Lister directed and Rodini produced, with Vine Intl. Handling sales.

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