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#OnTheBigScreen: Monsters, monstrous deeds, and magic
#OnTheBigScreen: Monsters, monstrous deeds, and magic

It's Friday the 13th this week and there are some scary monsters unleashed on the big screen; Colossal, Rampage, Roman J. Israel, Esq. and Here Comes The Grump open at local cinemas this week.

By Daniel Dercksen 13 Apr 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: A local western, romance, terrorism and monsters
#OnTheBigScreen: A local western, romance, terrorism and monsters

A Quiet Place, Five Fingers For Marseilles, Hampstead, Midnight Sun, 7 Days In Entebbe and Semiramide open at local cinemas this week.

By Daniel Dercksen 6 Apr 2018

Five Fingers for Marseilles - A contemporary South African western
Five Fingers for Marseilles - A contemporary South African western

Five Fingers for Marseilles fuses western influences, from classic to spaghetti and revisionist eras, into a contemporary South African drama written by Sean Drummond and directed by Michael Matthews.

By Daniel Dercksen 5 Apr 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: A road movie, VR, a chick flick, and live theatre
#OnTheBigScreen: A road movie, VR, a chick flick, and live theatre

The Leisure Seeker, Winchester, Susters, Ready Player One, Peter Rabbit, Acrimony and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof release at local cinemas this week.

By Daniel Dercksen 29 Mar 2018

Tjovitjo won the Golden Horn Award for Best TV Drama. © Saftas.
All the winners: Saftas 2018

The 12th Annual South African Film and Television Awards took place on Saturday, 24 March 2018 at the Sun City Superbowl and was hosted by Thando Thabethe and Phat Joe...

26 Mar 2018

Saftas Technical Awards announce winners
Saftas Technical Awards announce winners

Last night, the television and film industry celebrated outstanding work done within the technical craft of the industry at night one of the 2018 South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) held at Sun City, Bokone Bophirima...

23 Mar 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: Film stars, crooks, apostles and monsters
#OnTheBigScreen: Film stars, crooks, apostles and monsters

Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool, Gringo , Paul, Apostle Of Christ and Pacific Rim Uprising open at local cinemas this week.

By Daniel Dercksen 22 Mar 2018

Tomb Raider proves uninspiring
Tomb Raider proves uninspiring

In 1996, Toby Gard and Core Design created a character that revolutionised gaming. As one of the first 3D gaming characters, Lara Croft not only holds the Guinness World Record as the most recognisable female video game character, but has also become a cultural icon still beloved by Tomb Raider fans the world over.

By Natalie Le Clue 19 Mar 2018

Annihilation has all the makings of a cult classic
Annihilation has all the makings of a cult classic

Annihilation is the most recent offering by director Alex Garland, which serves as an addition to the current science fiction surge that has been bubbling since last year's Blade Runner 2049.

By Lerato Serumula 16 Mar 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: Family rules, action & Winnie the Pooh
#OnTheBigScreen: Family rules, action & Winnie the Pooh

Meerkat Maantuig, Marrowbone, Tomb Raider and Goodbye Christopher Robin open at cinemas this week.

By Daniel Dercksen 15 Mar 2018

Q&A with Meerkat Maantuig writer/director Hanneke Schutte
Q&A with Meerkat Maantuig writer/director Hanneke Schutte

Meerkat Maantuig is inspired by the youth novella, Blinde Sambok, by renowned South African author Riana Scheepers...

By Daniel Dercksen 14 Mar 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: Romance, Revenge and Dystopia
#OnTheBigScreen: Romance, Revenge and Dystopia

This week, five new films and an opera releasing: the local comedy drama Catching Feelings, Clint Eastwood's heist drama, 15:17 To Paris, the revenge thriller, Death Wish, the sci-fi adventure, Downsizing, the captivating human drama, Final Portrait, and South Africa's very own Pretty Yende debuts a new role at the Met in the opera, L'Elisir d'Amore.

By Daniel Dercksen 8 Mar 2018

These are your 2018 Oscar winners in 15 tweet-sized snippets
These are your 2018 Oscar winners in 15 tweet-sized snippets

If you stayed up all night to catch the 90th edition of the Oscars, congratulations, you deserve that coffee.

By Andy Walker 5 Mar 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: Faith, fashion and Bolshoi Ballet
#OnTheBigScreen: Faith, fashion and Bolshoi Ballet

The Roar, Phantom Thread, Red Sparrow, Gnome Alone, Game Night and Bolshoi Ballet's Romeo and Juliet open at local cinemas this week.

By Daniel Dercksen 2 Mar 2018

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Why is South Africa not watching South African movies?

You hear it all the time (at least in the hipster parts of Cape Town): support local. Wear locally-made clothes, buy fruit and veg from your local vendors. Whether these efforts are helping is unclear, but one area it isn't? Local film...

By Julia Breakey 28 Feb 2018

CTIAF to showcase local and international animation
CTIAF to showcase local and international animation

The Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF) will be held at the River Club in Observatory, Cape Town from 2-4 March 2018.

27 Feb 2018

Inclusive storytelling with Black Panther
Inclusive storytelling with Black Panther

Shall we discuss the giant black panther currently in the room? I have been keeping track of the production of Marvel's Black Panther for the last two years and the end result is beyond anything I could have imagined.

By Charles Siboto 26 Feb 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: Desire, revenge and redemption
#OnTheBigScreen: Desire, revenge and redemption

Call Me By Your Name, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Lady Bird, Loving Vincent, 24 Hours To Live and the Met Opera's Tosca open at cinemas this week.

By Daniel Dercksen 23 Feb 2018

American action film 24 Hours To Live shot in Cape Town
American action film 24 Hours To Live shot in Cape Town

Although the high octane action film 24 Hours To Live was originally set in Washington D.C, the film took on another persona when filmmakers decided to shoot it in Cape Town.

By Daniel Dercksen 22 Feb 2018

Five Fingers for Marseilles.
Film screenings at the Design Indaba Festival 2018

A list of specially curated films that will be showcased at this year's Nightscape, at the Artscape in Cape Town, from 22-23 February 2018...

21 Feb 2018

Why Black Panther is such a game-changer
Why Black Panther is such a game-changer

For a film industry enthusiast such as myself, I have never once come across a movie so intensely anticipated by folk outside of movie-going culture. I don't even think your cult classics such as the Star Wars franchise have sparked such interest in the general public across the globe.

By Lerato Serumula 19 Feb 2018

Ava DuVernay on the 89th Oscars' red carpet in 2017. Original image © Tyler Golden of ABC on . Cropped with #FairnessFirst logo overlay as per Creative Commons terms.
#FairnessFirst: Making modern movies in 2018

While movies have been mainstream for more than a hundred years, diversity behind the lens has been more than a little lacking - hello 2018's top trending TV and cinema industry hashtags, #TimesUp and #OscarsSoWhite...

By Leigh Andrews 19 Feb 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: Superheroes, scandals and showgirls
#OnTheBigScreen: Superheroes, scandals and showgirls

New film releases this week are: the local film Raaiselkind; Marvel's Black Panther; I, Tonya; All The Money In The World; and the live broadcast of the West End sensation Follies.

By Daniel Dercksen 15 Feb 2018

Q&A with Raaiselkind screenwriter Pieter Esterhuizen
Q&A with Raaiselkind screenwriter Pieter Esterhuizen

The powerful South African film Raaiselkind explores the unrelenting burden of autism on an average, loving family and shows the disintegration of the family as a result. It drives home the inescapable truth that society can be cruelly indifferent to whatever it perceives to be aberrant.

By Daniel Dercksen 14 Feb 2018

Colours of the Alphabet.
'Colours of the Alphabet' free to stream

AfriDocs, the free streaming platform for the best documentaries in Africa is presenting the unique film project 'Colours of the Alphabet' for streaming for free for 30 days...

13 Feb 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: Soldiers, Con Men and Explorers
#OnTheBigScreen: Soldiers, Con Men and Explorers

The Disaster Artist, 12 Strong, Fifty Shades Freed, Just Getting Started, Tad, The Lost Explorer, and the secret of King Midas and Human Flow open at local cinemas this week.

By Daniel Dercksen 9 Feb 2018

Absolut creative collaboration.
Change the way the internet sees African creativity

The Absolut African Art Intervention is continuing in its mission to change how the world views African creativity...

6 Feb 2018

The Wound boldly explores tradition and sexuality
The Wound boldly explores tradition and sexuality

"The Wound was born out of a desire to push back against clichéd stereotypes of black masculinity perpetuated inside and outside of African cinema," says writer-director John Trengrove...

By Daniel Dercksen 5 Feb 2018

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And the Safta nominees are...

The South African Film and Television Awards (Safta) has announced its (very, very) long list of nominees, so buckle up, because here they are...

By Julia Breakey 5 Feb 2018

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