Proteus

2004, Movie, NR, 97 mins

The year is 1723, the Age of Enlightenment is in full swing and Europe's enthusiasm for scientific classification has extended all the way to the Dutch colonies of southernmost Africa. Scottish botanist Virgil Niven (Shaun Tyne) is toiling away on the Cape of Good Hope hoping to identify — and create a European market for — different varieties of the creamy pink flower named "proteus" by great Swedish botanist Linnaeus and later designated as the national flower of South Africa. Fortunately for Niven, inmate labor is available from the nearby Robben Island penal colony, where Boers and Africans who have themselves been categorized "criminal" are condemned t...
Released: 2004 Rated: NR Length: 97 mins

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