A city-woman moves to a foreign country with her future husband, giving up all the comforts of cosmopolitan life. Life in the countryside finally takes its toll on her, and she finds herself involved sexually with another man.
The film takes place in Southern Rhodesia in the 1940s. Mary, a city woman, marries a farmer named Dick Turner. Mary is pulled from the comforts of her cosmopolitan life and forced to live on Dick’s unsuccessful farm. Mary slowly becomes insane and has a sexual affair with her black servant, Moses. When Mary and Moses’ affair is discovered Mary asks Moses to leave the farm. Moses returns and murders Mary. The film deals with the issues of colonialism, the white man’s role in Africa, and the relationships between the races and genders.
Killing Heat (released in Sweden as Gräset sjunger) is a 1981 film based on Doris Lessing’s 1950 novel, The Grass Is Singing. It stars Karen Black and John Thaw and was filmed in Zambia.
Killing Heat – Gräset Sjunger (1981)
Directed by: Michael Raeburn
Starring: Karen Black, John Thaw, John Kani, Patrick Mynhardt, John Moulder-Brown, Margaret Heale, Björn Gedda, Jan Nygren, Vincent Mijoni, Ivy Miyanda
Screenplay by: Michael Raeburn
Production Design by: Disley Jones
Cinematography by: Bille August
Film Editing by: Thomas Schwalm
Costume Design by: Julie Atkinson, Beverly Lanyon, Lenamari Wallström
Set Decoration by: Peter Young
Music by: Lasse Dahlberg, Björn Isfält
Distributed by: Chibote, Swedish Film Institute
Release Date: September 2, 1981