When James Morrison receives an email from a young woman claiming to be his daughter, he is forced to revisit the dark secrets of the past and once again enter The Russian Class.
In an earlier time and another country, James and eight other idealistic students enrol in a Russian course at a university in Johannesburg. This tenuous, almost negligible connection is all they share in common but it irrevocably binds their fates together as they are forced to face the complex changes that their country will experience over the next thirty years.
All members of the Russian Class seem committed to challenging the status quo and fighting against the apartheid regime but it soon becomes apparent that someone in their midst is a spy working for the notorious Security Police…
John Hookham is an academic and filmmaker who has worked extensively in the industry in the U.K., South Africa and U.S.A. John’s films have been screened at the Cannes, Montreal, Locarno and Gothenburg festivals as well as the National Film Theatre, London and the Cinematheque Francaise, Paris. He is a graduate of the University of Witwatersrand, the London Film School and completed his PhD at Queensland University of Technology. John has spent much of his career writing screenplays but has now turned his attention to novels. He grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa but currently lives in Melbourne, Australia.