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Kin

Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

Anna (Miranda Otto), a game warden and her priest brother, Marius (Chris Chameleon), have lived their entire lives in the African wilderness watching a herd of desert elephants pass their farmhouse each evening on the way to the watering hole. However, poachers have been attacking the herd and slaughtering "her" elephants. With the help of African-American lawyer, Stone (Isaiah Washington), Anna and her brother are determined to find the poachers and bring them to justice. Anna's relationship with Stone deepens during an investigation when her landrover is damaged during a wild chase and the two are forced to spend the night together. Deeply in love and her world in turmoil Anna must confront the hard truths about everything and everyone she has ever loved. With vivid and spectacular scenery assisting a wonderful tale of passion, betrayal and the bonds between kin; of all types.

Persons of interest

  • Miranda Otto .... Anna
  • Isaiah Washington .... Stone
  • Chris Chameleon .... Marius
  • Moses Kandjoze .... Naniserri
  • Ndondoro Hevita .... Old Man
  • Susan Coetzer .... Katinka
  • Martin Stefanus .... Pahere
  • Cornelius Tjiuma .... Chohorerwa
  • Nthati Moshesh .... Kata
  • Bart Fouche .... Rob
  • Timmy Kwebulana .... Nongalo
  • Ron Smerczak .... Hans
  • Elaine Proctor .... Screenwriter
  • Elaine Proctor .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • Awards and film festivals:
    • British Independent Film award: Nomination
  • See also Wah-Wah
  • Studios and distributors:

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Watching Kin is like sitting through one of those arty Australian dramas from 20 years ago where every female actor spent half her screen-time flashing her tits to an imported (ie American) star. In this case it's an Australian actor playing a South African but she still has to flash her tits to the American.

The best part of Kin is the interaction between the whites and the tribal (ie still living in a mud hut) blacks: the conflict of word and intention, the inability of both sides to fully understand each other. It's a realistic and dramatic turnout for the books. The issue of poaching, which drives the issue of relationships, is respectfully done: Elaine Proctor shows that she knows her stuff. Less respectable - in moral and filmic terms - is the incestuous relationship between Anna and Marius: it's archaic. It makes the film feel like a modernisation of a Victorian morality tale because these days it's hard to find the kind of isolation that leads to that type of brother/sister relationship.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Disc: Single side, single layer
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English

Security censorship classification

M (Low level coarse language, low level sex scenes)

Surveillance time

91 minutes (1:31 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD rental: 14 August 2002
VHS rental: 14 August 2002
DVD retail: 4 December 2002
VHS retail: 4 December 2002

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