Category: Documentary Single (1×60’)
Director: Simon Finch
Editor: Justin Badger
Executive Producers: Brendan Hughes, Harry Bell
Commissioner: Channel 4
Could one man’s deadly act really be for the common good? In the early 1960s John Harris blazed a trail as a prominent and peaceful anti-apartheid activist. He even helped to get South Africa barred from the Olympics. But in July 1964 everything changed. He placed a bomb in Johannesburg station, hoping to deal Apartheid a crushing blow. Instead, he killed a 77yr old woman, severely burnt her young granddaughter, and was hanged eight months later, the only white man executed for crimes against Apartheid.
Channel 4 single documentary; A Borough Productions & Tern TV production.
In The Press
Simon Finch’s film explores the life of John Harris…a cold, sobering account of an apartheid atrocity….an utterly absorbing journey…resisted melodrama as it laid out the facts of the case…..
moving…there are times when it wouldn’t be human not to be touched
fascinating documentary…momentous encounter…offers an amazing insight
An emotional encounter
An absorbing film
This artful doc manages to pack a lot of nuance into 50 minutes, humanizing Harris through family photos and very cleverly woven Super 8 footage….
A wonderful film