“One man. Two worlds. Three prisons.
Then. Now. Ancient. Modern.
Julius Caesar’s struggle against all odds
to become -- Caesar.”
StringCaesar is a feature film that tells the timeless story of an adolescence shaped
by social and political events. It charts a young man’s impassioned quest for power,
for the meaning of freedom and to know himself, to live his dreams, to achieve his
ambitions. The film explores his struggle to survive by becoming a power broker, a
manipulator and then a dictator --the genesis of a powerful man, with roots in politics,
violence, and gang warfare.
Our story plays out within the confines of some of the world’s most dire prisons with
acclaimed actors working alongside young men and women, some serving life without
parole, imprisoned for drugs, violence, and murder. The prisons are a microcosm of
the real world where drugs, sexual liaisons, gangs, deals, allegiances, fear, anger and
fleeting happiness are the order of the day.
This is the world where young Caesar fights for survival. This is Rome. A Prison.
Set in Pollsmoor Prison (Cape Town, South Africa), Cardiff Prison (Wales, UnitedKingdom)
and The Brotherhood Lodge, Drumheller Penitentiary (Alberta, Canada) this remarkable
historical story unfolds in a modern reality with relentless energy. It combines a remarkable
cast that includes Sir Derek Jacobi, John Kani, Alice Krige, Warren Adler, Grant Swanby,
Gunter Singer, Richard Clifford, prison officers and 500 prisoners.
The prisoner who becomes a dictator. The dictator who rules a cell.
This is Julius Caesar in the raw.
A Caesar you have never seen before.