"The judge, a white man who was wearing a grey powdered wig and a red robe, looked confused. "

The South African film A Reasonable Man demonstrates theĀ gulf between how local Africans and western judges view the world, orderĀ and justice. Nigel Hawthorne, at his prickly best, is the judge in this superb courtroom drama, based on the famous trial of a herdsman accused of killing a one-year-old child he believed to be an evil spirit.