A World Apart

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Cinematographer Chris Menges' first directorial effort, A World Apart was inspired by the lives of South African journalist Ruth First and her daughter Shawn Slovo who wrote the film's screenplay. Barbara Hershey plays the fictional counterpart to Ms. First, Diana Roth, with Jodhi May as her daughter. Told from the daughter's viewpoint, the film shows us that Diana and her husband Jeroen Krabbe are so busy with their anti-Apartheid political activism that they totally shut May out of their lives. In 1963, Hershey...
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Cinematographer Chris Menges' first directorial effort, A World Apart was inspired by the lives of South African journalist Ruth First and her daughter Shawn Slovo who wrote the film's screenplay. Barbara Hershey plays the fictional counterpart to Ms. First, Diana Roth, with Jodhi May as her daughter. Told from the daughter's viewpoint, the film shows us that Diana and her husband Jeroen Krabbe are so busy with their anti-Apartheid political activism that they totally shut May out of their lives. In 1963, Hershey is arrested by the South African police, becoming the first white woman to be held under the infamous 90-day-detention act. Left despondent and suicidal by two separate arrests and by constant harassment from the police, Diana still won't include her daughter in her life until the girl presses the issue in a climactic confrontation. Some critics felt that Shawn Slovo was using A World Apart to settle unresolved issues in her own life: Ruth First was killed under suspicious circumstances in 1982, without ever reconciling with her daughter.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Original Theatrical Trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
We've seen screen children neglected by parents preoccupied by essentially meaningless jobs or the pursuit of selfish aims (see American Beauty). But cinematographer Chris Menges's impressive debut offers a different take on that dynamic: the price the offspring of political activists pay for their parents' professional devotion. Barbara Hershey, excellent at playing single-minded women, is superb as Diana Roth, and 12-year-old Jodhi May, making her film debut, is a marvel as Molly Roth. (At the 1988 Cannes Film Festival, the actresses shared the Best Actress Award with Linda Mvusi, who plays Elsie, the Roth family maid.) This is mostly a mother-daughter story-Gus (Jeroen Krabbe) the father is not around enough to make an impression--and Diana is sensitive enough to sense the turbulence in her daughter's life. Shawn Slovo's autobiographical script is sympathetic to Molly's dilemma without turning her into a martyr; Molly is just mature enough to understand that the anti-Apartheid cause needs committed people like her parents, but she is after all, a budding adolescent, with all the self-imposed angst that comes with that territory.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2005
  • UPC: 027616927552
  • Original Release: 1988
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:53:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbara Hershey Diana Roth
Jodhi May Molly Roth
Jeroen Krabbé Gus Roth
David Suchet Muller
Paul Freeman Kruger
Tim Roth Harold
Linda Mvusi Elsie
Yvonne Bryceland Bertha
Albee Lesotho Solomon
Nadine Chalmers Yvonne Abelson
Carolyn Clayton-Cragg Miriam Roth
Merav Gruer Jude Roth
Jude Akuwidike Priest
Jack Buckell Band
Adrian Dunbar Le Rouzx
Susie Figgis
Kate Fitzpatrick June Abelson
Margaret Hogan History Teacher
Jo-Anne Huckle Debbie
Esma Levend Whitworth
Lovemore Majaivana and the Zulu Band
Theresa Memela Peggy
Messias Choir
Cont Mhlanga Mtutuzeli Nzekwu
Henry Mlauzi
Clement Muchachi Sipho
Phyllis Naidoo Saeeda
Maria Pilar Spanish Dance Teacher
Andre Proctor Arresting Officer
Toby Salaman Gerald Abelson
Andrew Whaley Interrogating Officer
Stephen Williams Arresting Officer
Nomaziko Zondo Thandile
Rosalie Crutchley Mrs. Harris
Mackay Tickey Milius
Technical Credits
Chris Menges Director
Dave Appell Songwriter
Tim Bevan Executive Producer, Producer
Peter Biziou Cinematographer
Graham Bradstreet Executive Producer, Producer
Elaine Carew Makeup
Nic Ede Costumes/Costume Designer
Susie Figgis Casting
Judy Freeman Sound/Sound Designer
Nicolas Gaster Editor
Gimbel Songwriter
Jean-Loup Hubert Songwriter
Hubert Ithier Songwriter
Karl Mann Songwriter
Marquina-Narro Songwriter
Marquina-Tallada Songwriter
Antonio Molina Songwriter
Moraes Songwriter
Brian Morris Production Designer
Michael Phillips Production Designer
Sarah Radclyffe Producer
Anna Ruiz Songwriter
Shawn Slovo Associate Producer, Screenwriter
E.M. Sontonga Songwriter
Maureen Stevenson Makeup
Guy Travers Asst. Director
Hans Zimmer Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A World Apart
1. Title/Daddy's Departure [3:50]
2. Hit and Run/Busy Mom [7:41]
3. Police Raid [4:58]
4. Let's Twist Again [7:55]
5. Trouble at School [3:36]
6. Protest March [5:07]
7. An Awkward Party [3:58]
8. Political Prisoner [5:48]
9. "An Obstinate Woman" [3:14]
10. Ostracized & Alone [9:21]
11. A Cry for Freedom [11:12]
12. "Family Is Suffering" [12:31]
13. Released & Recaptured [7:02]
14. A Sense of Hopelessness [3:41]
15. "It's Not Fair!" [12:27]
16. Solidarity/End Credits [10:27]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- A World Apart
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   Scene Selections
   Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Spoken Languages: Español
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: None
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