Genre : Drama
Type : Fiction
Original title : Whiplash [Working title] | Shushh [Working title]
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2016
Format : Feature
Running time : 87 (in minutes)

TESS is a hard-hitting drama based on Tracey Farren's award winning novel Whiplash and follows the story of Tess, a Muizenberg sex worker whose life is turned upside down when she falls pregnant, and has to fight to stop her past from swallowing her whole.

'Adapted from Tracey Farren's novel, Whiplash tells the story of wry, sassy Cape Town prostitute, Tess, who falls pregnant. When she abandons her daily ritual of popping pills, awful pictures from her past ambush her mind. But Tess does not allow herself to collapse. Instead, she learns - perhaps because of the baby in her belly - to connect with the people around her. The Congolese refugee next door treats her like a daughter. An impotent client shows her his heart. Tess finds sanctuary among strong women in a belly dance studio, and discovers she can dance up a storm. With new courage she tracks down her childhood friend, Dumi, who helps her to face the truth of her past.

A film by Meg Rickards

South Africa, 2015, Feature, 87mins, drama / Gritty realism, Afrikaans with English subtitles

DURATION : 87 min
Country: South Africa
Language: Afrikaans with English subtitles

Producers: Paul Egan, Kim Williams

Director: Meg Rickards
Screenplay: Tracey Farren
Cinematographer: Bert Haitsma
Cast: Christia Visser, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Brendon Daniels, Lee-Ann Van Rooi, Dan-Jacques Mouton

Production: Boondogle Films

The Whiplash project received a huge amount of publicity and goodwill in late 2014 with a local crowd funding campaign on www.thundafund.com/whiplash, which brought in over R100K through individual contributions.

2016 | 37th DIFF - Durban FilmFest, South Africa
* World Premiere
* CATEGORIES: competition features
* Award for Best South African Feature Film
* Award for Best Actress, to Christia Visser for her role as Tess
* Award for Best Editing, to Linda Man.
* Screening: The Playhouse Company / 18 Jun 2016 / 08:30 PM - 12:00 AM
* Screening: The Playhouse Company / 21 Jun 2016 / 06:00 PM - 12:00 AM
* Screening: NU METRO 12 24 Jun 2016 / 08:00 PM - 12:00 AM

2013 | 34ème DIFF - Festival de Durban, Afrique du Sud
* DFM Project - 4th Durban FilmMart (presented by Producer Jacky Lourens / Company: Get The Picture)
Jacky Lourens has 22 years production experience and was series producer for the SABC documentary, Unauthorised. Meg Rickards has written and directed short films and for television, and her miniseries and tele-feature Land of Thirst received international distribution. Singer Angelique Kidjo is attached to the project.'



Tess' is gegrond op die roman,'Whiplash' deur Tracey Farren.
Wanneer Tess,'n sekswerker swanger word, veg sy verbete om te keer dat haar verlede haar inhaal.
Met Christia Visser, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Brendon Daniels, Lee-ann van Rooi, Dann-Jacques Mouton, Quanita Adams. "Tess" reik 2017 by fliekteaters uit.


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  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
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  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
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