The Unforgiving

Horror | 74 minutes | 2010 | HD | South Africa

Cast & Credits

Ryan Macquet
Claire Opperman
Michael Thompson
Craig Hawks

Written & Directed by: Alastair Orr
Executive Producer: Alastair Orr
Producers: Ryan Macquet & Lorika Boshoff
Director of Photography: Craig Maarschalk
Makeup: Stephanie Esterhuizen
Sound Design: William Kalmer
Editor: Alastair Orr
Composer: Wikus Du Toit


On the outskirts of Johannesburg, a spate of killings has plagued a desolate highway. With no leads and nowhere to turn, authorities focus all their attention when two survivors turn up alive. Caught in a labyrinth of an investigation, Detective Hirsch tries to piece the puzzle together through Alice, an ex-drug addict, and Rex, a traumatized victim.

What follows is a brutal account of what happened to these to survivors. Told in an unconventional narrative structure, The Unforgiving tosses and turns between points of views and character perceptions as the film builds to its terrifying climax.

Crossing all moral boundaries, the film will leave the audience questioning what they would do to survive if their lives were in the hands of one of the most grotesque serial killers imaginable.


"The whole package of the film was just solid. The camera work was exceptionally original, the lighting, music, makeup and cinematography was spot-on. It felt like I was watching an American studio film. Nothing in the movie, except for the obvious setting and accents could have indicated that it was a local film. The production was of high quality and managed to keep my attention from start to finish, not a dull moment!"
-- Bravado Gaming, Alwyn Kotze

"If you're a fan of the Saw series or any thriller for that matter, but don't like the obvious cliches that Hollywood spoon-feeds us or just a fresh new South African production that steers away from the overpopulated Rainbow-Nation driven comedies, then go watch this, you will most definitely enjoy it. You can't help but be swept up by the thought-provoking narrative. Add to that the film's unconventional structure and you'll be kept firmly on your toes. It's just plain good."
-- JHBLive, Genevieve Vieira