Proteus

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Overview

Canadian filmmaker John Greyson teams up with South African activist Jack Lewis to direct the period romantic drama Proteus. Based on a true story from 1735, the story involves a forbidden love affair between two prisoners in a colony near Cape Town. Black servant Claas Blank (Rouxnet Brown) is arrested for stealing back his own cattle from a white man. Because he has learned to speak English and Dutch, he is allowed to help European botanist Virgil Niven (Shaun Smyth) cultivate flowers. Part of his punishment is...
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Overview

Canadian filmmaker John Greyson teams up with South African activist Jack Lewis to direct the period romantic drama Proteus. Based on a true story from 1735, the story involves a forbidden love affair between two prisoners in a colony near Cape Town. Black servant Claas Blank (Rouxnet Brown) is arrested for stealing back his own cattle from a white man. Because he has learned to speak English and Dutch, he is allowed to help European botanist Virgil Niven (Shaun Smyth) cultivate flowers. Part of his punishment is fetching water with white Dutch prisoner Jacobsz (Neil Sandilands), who eventually becomes his lover. After Niven leaves the colony, Blank and Jacobsz are caught and forced to confess. Proteus was shown at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival.
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Special Features

Radio interview with Jack Lewis & John Greyson with Celluloid Dreams, host, Tim Sika; Original theatrical trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/2004
  • UPC: 712267240722
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Strand Home Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Uncensored / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 96,840

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rouxnet Brown Claas Blank
Shaun Smyth Virgil Niven
Neil Sandilands Rijkhaart Jacobsz
Kristen Thomson Kate Niven
Technical Credits
John Greyson Director, Screenwriter
Jack Lewis Director, Original Story, Screenwriter
Giulio Biccari Cinematographer
Tattersall Casablanca Sound/Sound Designer
Dianna Cilliers Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Hannam Production Designer
Roslyn Kalloo Editor
Anita Lee Producer
Steven Markovitz Producer
Janet Meintjies Casting
Don Pyle Score Composer
Eugene Taylor Set Decoration/Design
Platon Trakoshis Asst. Director, Producer
Tiaan Van Tonder Art Director
Andrew Zealley Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Sequence [4:46]
2. 1725 [9:17]
3. The Ideal Garden [7:50]
4. The Legend of Sugarbush [8:41]
5. Species of Man [9:24]
6. Mr. Niven [10:13]
7. 5 Years Later [7:13]
8. Abominable Act [6:17]
9. Job Offer [7:41]
10. Caught in the Act [8:22]
11. Final Judgement [17:46]
12. End Credits [5:23]
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Menu

Side #1 --
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   Scene Index
   Theatrical Trailer
   Radio Interview
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Proteus: A Love Story About Two Men

    Proteus is set in 1735 on a prison island off the coast of South Africa. Two prisoners, one Dutch the other Hottentot, are attracted to one another first physically and then emotionally. The director John Greyson attempts to argue that this kind of love affair transcends time and place. In spite of its 18th century time frame, there is a truck, 1960s style manual typewriters, and occasionally modern dress. The photography is splendid, and the story line compelling. If you expect to see homoerotic lovemaking, this is not the movie. The love scenes are the weakest part of the movie.

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