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#OnTheBigScreen: Scandal, stalkers, sex and live theatre
#OnTheBigScreen: Scandal, stalkers, sex and live theatre

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House, The Strangers: Prey at Night, Early Man, Blockers and Julius Caesar open at local cinemas this week.

By Daniel Dercksen 2 days ago

#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

#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

#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

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

#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

#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

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

#OnTheBigScreen: Churchill, Xhosa rites and outlaws
#OnTheBigScreen: Churchill, Xhosa rites and outlaws

Darkest Hour, Inxeba (The Wound) and Den of Thieves open at SA cinemas this week.

By Daniel Dercksen 2 Feb 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: Monsters, mobsters and maze runners
#OnTheBigScreen: Monsters, mobsters and maze runners

The Post is a political thriller about the power of the truth; action reaches new heights in the third and final segment of The Maze Runner series Maze Runner: The Death Cure...

By Daniel Dercksen 25 Jan 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: Monsters, love, and courage
#OnTheBigScreen: Monsters, love, and courage

A lonely lab assistant becomes the object of affection of a scaled creature that lives in a water tank in the masterful The Shape Of Water; a woman's love transcends her husband's disability in the excellent Breathe; a former Marine corporal wants to reunite with her canine partner in the heartbreaking true story Megan Leavey; and a psychic unleashes hell in Insidious: The Last Key.

By Daniel Dercksen 19 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: 15 big screen trends
#BizTrends2018: 15 big screen trends

Daniel Dercksen gives his top 15 international and local big screen film trends for the year ahead.

By Daniel Dercksen 15 Jan 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: Brad's Status, Molly's Game and The Commuter
#OnTheBigScreen: Brad's Status, Molly's Game and The Commuter

This week, a father and son reconcile their differences in Brad's Status, an underground poker game raises the stakes in Molly's Game, and a criminal conspiracy carries life and death stakes for everyone on the train in the action-thriller The Commuter.

By Daniel Dercksen 12 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Noteworthy films and film trends for 2018
#BizTrends2018: Noteworthy films and film trends for 2018

Welcome to my 2018 edition of trends in film. Let's get right into it.

By Charles Siboto 10 Jan 2018

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a worthy follow up
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a worthy follow up

Let me say it right off the bat that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a great movie and a worthy follow up to The Force Awakens. If you've been following any news about the movie, you'll know that there is a split between some Star Wars fans and film critics.

By Charles Siboto 9 Jan 2018

The Greatest Showman is an uplifting toe-tapper
The Greatest Showman is an uplifting toe-tapper

In 1841 P.T. Barnum premiered Barnum's American Museum in New York City, which ultimately led to the founding and establishment of Barnum and Bailey Circus. It also installed Barnum as The Greatest Showman which serves as the title for Michael Gracey's historical musical starring Hugh Jackman.

By Natalie Le Clue 5 Jan 2018

#OnTheBigScreen: Soldiers, families and squirrels at war
#OnTheBigScreen: Soldiers, families and squirrels at war

Thank You For Your Service is a significant exploration of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depicting US soldiers who try to adjust to civilian life...

By Daniel Dercksen 3 Jan 2018

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