Proteus | 2004

Drama, Foreign
A recreation of the decade-long love affair in the 18th century in a Cape Town penal colony on Robin Island. The two lovers were a Dutch sailor imprisoned there for sodomy and a young Khoi herder. The Khoi were part of ...more

Cast

... Claas Blank

Actor

... Rijkhaart Jacobsz

Actor

... Virgil Niven

Actor

... Kate

Actor

... Lourens

Actor

... Scholz

Actor

... Elize

Actor

... Betsy

Actor

... Tinnie

Actor

... Willer

Actor

... Settler

Actor

... Governor

Actor

Company

Production Company

Idol Pictures

Production Company

Financier

Pluck Inc

Production Company

Showcase

Financier

Synopsis

A recreation of the decade-long love affair in the 18th century in a Cape Town penal colony on Robin Island. The two lovers were a Dutch sailor imprisoned there for sodomy and a young Khoi herder. The Khoi were part of the Hottentot tribal group and as such were the untouchables of that time. The two were placed on trial and this love affair and the legal battles are the grist of Greyson and Lewis' film based partly on court transcripts from the time. In South Africa, during the 1700s, sodomy was a crime deemed worse than murder, and the fact that these two young men had indulged in it was also complicated by the fact that this was an interracial love affair.

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