he 1870's. South Africa. Life is normal at the farm on the slopes
of a Karoo Kopje. Fat Tant Sannie (Karin van der Laag) looks
after her charges, the sweet Em (Anneke Weidemann) and the independent
Lyndall (Kasha Kropinski), with a strict Biblical hand - it
was Em's father's dying wish. Gentle Otto (Armin Mueller-Stahl),
the farm manager, runs the farm and cares for Waldo, his son.
Waldo (Luke Gallant) is bright, and busy building a model of
a sheep-shearing machine that he hopes will make them all rich.
Things change when the sinister, eccentric Bonaparte Blenkins
(Richard E. Grant) with bulbous nose and chimney pot hat arrives.
Their childhood is disrupted by the bombastic Irishman who
claims blood ties with Wellington and Queen Victoria and so
gains uncanny influence over the girls' gross stupid stepmother,
As the story of Lyndall, Em and Waldo unfolds to its touching
end, we learn not merely of a backwater in colonial history,
but of the whole human condition.