[WATCH] Ellen Pakkies shares her own story as local film adaptation hits screens

In 2007, Ellen Pakkies used a rope to strangle her 20-year-old drug addict son to death.

A new film, Ellen: the Ellen Pakkies Story, tells her story in all its complexity.

The film, which premieres on 7 September nationwide at major theatres, was directed by Daryne Joshua.

The Lavender Hill resident and mother received a three-year suspended sentence and 280 hours of community service for her son's murder.

The film depicts her son Abie's downward spiral and the impact that addiction has on families.

Read also: 'I thought he was going to rape me' - Ellen Pakkies on killing drug addict son

Pakkies shared some of her story with a live studio audience hosted by CapeTalk presenter Pippa Hudson.

Film director Daryne Joshua, and lead actor Jarrid Geduld (who plays Abie Pakkies) discuss the production and preparation involved.

When he turned 13 or 14, that's when tik came into his life.

Ellen Pakkies

Every day and night I had to leave my house open for him to walk in and out. I was not sleeping.

Ellen Pakkies

It was his own brother who introduced tik to him.

Ellen Pakkies

Watch the trailer below:

Ellen ,Die Storie Van Ellen Pakkies Official Trailer from schalk-willem on Vimeo.

Listen to a discussion about the film and Ellen Pakkies as she shares her story:


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