27 January 2011 – Politics & Production: An Evening with Robyn Slovo
We are delighted and honoured to have Robyn with us for a wide-ranging discussion on politics and the world of film.
Robyn Slovo, film producer, will be discussing her work and her extraordinary family. She’ll be talking about her latest film, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, what it’s like to be an established female film producer when there are so few, and what it’s like to be a Slovo. Not necessarily in that order.
The Slovo family are regarded as national heroes in South Africa and beyond for their fight against apartheid, a fight which ultimately cost Robyn’s mother her life.
Robyn has made it clear that her early experience of political struggle informs the decisions she makes. Like her novelist sister Gillian and screenwriter sister Shawn, she works on stories which reveal important truths about our world and retain their artistic, cultural and political integrity.
In 2006, she produced Catch A Fire, a dramatic thriller about the political journey of Patrick Chamusso, who became a radical activist against the apartheid regime, written by Shawn. Their parents were characters in the film, and Robyn also played the part of her mother, Ruth First.