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Pre-screening at UNESCO

December 17, 2018

UNESCO hosted the pre-screening of the film “The Forgiven”, in the presence of Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, Forest Whitaker, Actor and UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and reconciliation, and Roland Joffé, Film Director, and Jean Lemierre, President of BNP Paribas, at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, on 15 December 2018. The event, organized in partnership with SAJE Distribution and BNP Paribas, supported by Air France, closed UNESCO’s yearlong celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

THE FORGIVEN - Red Carpet Arrivals

March 07, 2018

Premiere Of Saban Films' 'The Forgiven' on March 07, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

THE FORGIVEN - Los Angeles Premiere

March 07, 2018

KTTV FOX 11 (Los Angeles) - March 7, 2018 - “"Los Angeles premiere of "The Forgiven.”

YAHOO! ENTERTAINMENT - March 5, 2018 - ““Forest Whitaker On The Film, "The Forgiven.” Reposting AOL Build interview.

YAHOO! FINANCE - March 5, 2018 - ““Forest Whitaker On The Film, "The Forgiven.” Reposting AOL Build interview.

KTLA 5 NEWS - March 8, 2018 - Eric Bana on Shooting in a Prison in New Movie "The Forgiven"

YAHOO! - LIVE TALK with Eric Bana about his new movie


UNODC - March 8, 2018 - "UNODC co-hosts world premiere of 'The Forgiven', spotlights need for reformation and social rehabilitation of prisoners."

THE FOUR OR FIVE - March 9, 2018 - From the bars of an English prison to the red carpet of an LA premiere with Forest Whitaker- Meet playwright and screenwriter Michael Ashton

SAG-AFTRA FOUNDATION (Youtube) - March 9, 2018 - "Conversations with Eric Bana of THE FORGIVEN."

AMFM MAGAZINE - March 11, 2018 - "THE FORGIVEN: Director/Co-writer Roland Joffé INTERVIEW” by Christine Thompson.


THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER - March 12, 2018 - Eric Bana on Using Ex-Offenders & a Real Prison for 'The Forgiven' | In Studio With THR

TALK STOOP - March 12, 2018 - Forest Whitaker appearance on behalf of THE FORGIVEN.

CHRISTIAN TODAY - March 12, 2018 - "Forest Whitaker reveals what he learned after playing Desmond Tutu in 'The Forgiven’” by Czarina Ong.

NO FILM SCHOOL - March 12, 2018 - "Discover How This Playwright Mined His Own Prison Experience to Create 'The Forgiven’” by Max Winter.

WORLD FILM GEEK - March 12, 2018 - "Being “Forgiven”: An Interview with Playwright/Screen Writer Michael Ashton” by Albert Valentin.

REEL TALKER - March 13, 2018 - "Interview: Writer Michael Ashton” by Jim Alexander.

LA WEEKLY - March 14, 2018 - "Oscar-Winning Actor Forest Whitaker Is Working for Peace and Conflict Resolution” by Paul Rogers.

FILM THREAT - March 15, 2018 - “The Forgiven” by Anthony Ray Bench. 7 out of 10 review.

FILM INQUIRY - March 16, 2018 - "THE FORGIVEN: Whitaker & Bana At Their Respective Bests” by Alex Arabian.

The Forgiven showing at FEST 46

February 28, 2018

Belgrade International Film Festival - FEST – has evolved to become one of the most important festivals on the continent and a pillar event of Belgrade's cultural life and an indispensable element in the coming of age of many generations of film fans.


February 21, 2018

"This timely, compelling and intelligent film, movingly, and above all humanely, captures what it felt like to be working with those selfless members of the TRC who strove, often against the odds, to help bring both truth and reconciliation to the ordinatry people of South Africa." - Archbishop Desmond Tutu

The Pan African Film Festival Los Angeles will close with THE FORGIVEN

February 18, 2018

Location: Cinemark BHC 15
Tickets: VIP: $75.00 (Includes screening & after-party)
Red Carpet: 5:45pm
Screening: 6:45pm
After-party: Immediately following the screening

Jeff Gum interview

January 30, 2018

Jeff Gum stars as Francois Schmidt, the antagonist to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in the new film "The Forgiven," also starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana. Gum sits down in Los Angeles with Alyssa Julya Smith to talk about making the film and what he learned about the important moment in South African history.

The film chronicles racial segregation and the collapse of apartheid in South Africa during the 1990s. Gum talks about what it was like working with Forest Whitaker, who takes on the role of Desmond Tutu in the historical drama.

Gum also touches on his other projects, including working alongside Antonio Banderas in an upcoming film. "The Forgiven" is set to hit theaters on March 9, 2018.


January 18, 2018

Saban Films Release Movie Poster for 'The Forgiven'


January 11, 2018

Saban Films Sets Spring Release For Roland Joffe’s ‘The Forgiven’ Starring Forest Whitaker, Eric Bana – Update

Saban Films Will Release THE FORGIVEN, Starring Forest Whitaker, This Spring...

LOS ANGELES – January 11, 2018 – Saban Films today announced the release of the upcoming thriller, The Forgiven, in theaters on March 9 with a theatrical expansion on March 16 to also include VOD and Digital HD.  Directed by Academy Award® Nominee Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields, The Mission) and starring Academy Award® Winner Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland, The Butler) and Eric Bana (Munich, Troy), the film was co-written by Joffé and Michael Ashton, and based on Ashton’s play “The Archbishop and The Antichrist”.  The Forgiven had its world premiere at the 2017 BFI London Film Festival.
In The Forgiven, when Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Forest Whitaker) is appointed to head a nationwide investigation, he’s summoned to a maximum-security prison by a notorious murderer seeking clemency (Eric Bana). Inside the brutal prison walls, Tutu is drawn into a dangerous, life-changing battle with the cunning criminal.
The Forgiven is produced by Joffé alongside Link Entertainment’s Craig Baumgarten and Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat of Light and Dark Films, with financing being provided by The Fyzz Facility. Kim Ashton, Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones, John R. Sherman, Tannaz Anisi, Greg Schenz, Jeff Gum, Jeff Rice, Lee Broda executive produced

October 12, 2017

Producer Craig Baumgarten, actor Eric Bana and director Roland Joffe attend a screening for "The Forgiven" during the 61st BFI London Film Festival at the Picturehouse Central October, 2017 in London, England.

October 12, 2017

Executive producer Kim Ashton and screenwriter Michael Ashton attend a screening for "The Forgiven" during the 61st BFI London Film Festival at the Picturehouse Central October, 2017 in London, England.

October 12, 2017

Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana are extraordinary as Desmond Tutu and Piet Blomfeld in this tense political drama.

The Forgiven - Friday 13 October 2017 20:40 - Picturehouse Central, Screen 1 - On sale 14-09-2017 10:00 am

The Forgiven - Saturday 14 October 2017 20:45 - Haymarket Cinema, Screen 1 - On sale 14-09-2017 10:00 am

The Forgiven - Sunday 15 October 2017 18:15 - Curzon Mayfair Cinema, Screen 1 - On sale 14-09-2017 10:00 am


September 25, 2017

Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana are extraordinary as Desmond Tutu and Piet Blomfeld in this tense political drama.

October 31, 2016

Saban Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Roland Joffé’s South African drama “The Forgiven,” starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana.

May 12, 2017

With the Bethlehem Lights success at the Henley Drama Festival on Saturday 6th May 2017

KS Productions Limited  add to their considerable tally of awards as OVERALL FESTIVAL WINNER.

September 01, 2016

The session was “Writing as an act of redemption” with playwright-turned-screenwriter Michael Ashton, whose intense and extreme life experience resulted in an unusual career path and is constantly reflected in his raw, authentic and uncompromising work.

June 12, 2011

The Archbishop and the Antichrist, the Amnesty Protect the Human and Koestler Gold winning stage play now adapted for the big screen as The Forgiven. A sell out at London's Amnesty Theatre and rave reviews at The Soho, with a stellar cast: Jeffrey Kissoon as Archbishop Tutu, Pamela Nomvete as Leah Tutu, Oskar Pierce as Piet Blomfeld, Donna Croll as Lavinia Browne and Winnie Mandela, and Peter Cartwright as F W de Klerk.

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