The Shadowed Mind (South Africa: 1988)


Cedric Sundstrom

Cast list

Towje Kleiner ...
Dr. Dieter Hildesheimer
Rufus Swart ...
Adrienne Pierce ...
Trish Downing ...
Nurse Helen
Simon Poland ...
Evan J. Klisser ...
Jennifer Steyn ...
Nicholas Ashley Nortier ...
Hayley Dorskey ...
Debra Kaye ...

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Produced by

David Hannay ... producer
Avi Lerner ... executive producer
Max Montocchio ... producer
Jeremy Nathan ... associate producer
Keith Rosenbaum ... executive producer

Music by

Shaun Naidoo
Warrick Sony

Cinematography by

George Bartels

Film Editing by

Mark Baard

Art Direction by

Ruth Strimling

Production Management

Jeremy Nathan ... production manager

Art Department

Leith Ridley ... scenic painter / set dresser

Sound Department

Mike Berridge ... final mix
Shaun Naidoo ... sound
Warrick Sony ... sound


Stephanie (Adrienne Pearce), a young girl with a disorder of baring her nude body, arrives as a patient at a clinic for those suffering from sexual dysfunction, run by Dr Hildesheimer (Towje Kleiner) and Nurse Helen (Trish Downing). There are many other patients there reminiscent of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest or Girl, Interrupted. These patients include the inhibited Paul (Rufus Swart), the sinister Kurt (Ewan J.Klisser), the neurotically insane Julia (Hayley Dorsky), the unusually fixated on stuffed animals, Matthew (Simon Poland.) There is also the radical right-wing delusionist General (Simon Sabela). The story proceeds when Stephanie and Paul begin a tentative affair at the same time a stalker/killer stalks the clinic they are at and ends up knifing the blonde sex-addict (Deborah Kay) as well as Kurt and Julia.


Jared Mocabro, “The Late 80s South African Psycho Thriller: The Shadowed Mind.” Mondo Macabro.

Academic Articles:

Film as Film: Using Movies to Help Students Visualize Literary Theory by Vallerie Miller. The English Journal, Vol, 95, No. 3, pp. 32-38

From the New Record & Film Review Editor by Rayna Green. The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 88, No. 348, pp. 224-226