Magazine article Screen International

Oscar Pistorius Documentary in the Blocks

Magazine article Screen International

Oscar Pistorius Documentary in the Blocks

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Building on the success of boxing story Mr Calzaghe (sold by Content and with a UK release by eOne), Western Edge Pictures is now producing Pistorius.

Vaughan Sivell, founder of Western Edge and director of Mr Calzaghe, will again direct the new feature documentary, set to be delivered by early 2017.

The film, which will start shooting in March, will explore the tragedy of Reeva Steenkamp's death; alongside a look at South Africa's turbulent recent history. "For us it's the story of South Africa alongside the story of Oscar, it's so cinematic, it's a real once-in-a lifetime project in terms of scale," Sivell said.

As Sivell said, "The appeal ruling starts with the line 'This is a tragedy of Shakespearean scale.' It's fascinating to me that judge was to write that...the story mirrors when Mandela was released, and we saw this nation of reliance and courage, and now there is so much violence and corruption. …

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