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Daniel Dercksen

Trainer and Educator at The Writing Studio
Location:Cape Town, South Africa


As a freelance journalist for more than 30 years, and a published playwright, Daniel Dercksen received the number one spot for most popular lifestyle contributor for 2012 on Biz Community.com.
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Be swept away by The Grand Budapest Hotel

In the words of the Dreamgirls song You're Gonna Love Me, there are films like Wes Anderson's sublime The Grand Budapest Hotel that not only demand attention and adoration, but have swept local audiences off their feet. Since its release a month ago the film has played to full houses.

By Daniel Dercksen 17 Apr 2014 10:19


Being dirty had never been so much fun!

Dirty Words is clean entertainment for anyone who wants to be naughty and indulge in some wicked and wacky fun.

By Daniel Dercksen 16 Apr 2014 11:06


Uplifting Son of God

Films that deal with faith are vital in a world consumed by vices. With the spiritually uplifting and inspirational Son of God, the absolute power of God, and how it has shaped humanity, the world we live in, and how we live our lives, is undeniable and its passion is sincere and invigorating.

By Daniel Dercksen 14 Apr 2014 14:01


Vibrant verve in Rio 2

Rio 2 is a fantastic animated film that is most definitely one of the best films of the year, loaded with tons of laughs, heaps of enthralling adventure and a burst of vibrant verve!

By Daniel Dercksen 11 Apr 2014 11:06


It's gonna be a bumpy ride

You have to really fasten your seat belt with Non-stop, a suspense thriller played out at 40 000 feet in the air.

By Daniel Dercksen 10 Apr 2014 13:09


War Horse: live theatre on the big screen

If there is one stage production that will change your perceptions about the art of theatre, it's the National Theatre's multi-award-winning production of War Horse, adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford in association with the South African-based, award-winning Handspring Puppet Company.

By Daniel Dercksen 9 Apr 2014 10:45


A contemporary experience of Noah

Escape into the world of film this weekend with the inspirational story of courage, sacrifice, hope and redemption. Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler, The Fountain) brings to the screen Noah, with Academy Award winner Russell Crowe as the man chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission of rescue before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world.

By Daniel Dercksen 4 Apr 2014 10:58


Masterful Philomena

The eternal bond between a mother and her son has never been more powerful and heartbreaking than in the masterful Philomena, an exceptional film that will renew your faith in hope at its most vulnerable.

By Daniel Dercksen 28 Mar 2014 10:47


An all American kinda hero

Captain America: The Winter Soldier, our defrosted superhero and world's greatest soldier strikes an explosive blow for those seeking big-screen action of epical proportions that offers first-rate entertainment.

By Daniel Dercksen 27 Mar 2014 11:37


The Counselor will shock you to your core

'Truth has no temperature' in Ridley Scott's controversial and provocative shocker The Counselor. It will shock you to your core.

By Daniel Dercksen 20 Dec 2013 10:40


The Hobbit 2 rules with awe and spectacle

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is here and double wow! There's no greater gift for fans and lovers of cinema.

By Daniel Dercksen 13 Dec 2013 10:36


Mud will awaken the hero within

Discovery can sometimes uncover the deadliest of secrets and, with the riveting Mud, it's wise to let and sleeping and charismatic fugitive lie low.

By Daniel Dercksen 5 Dec 2013 11:15


Thor the ruler of our entertainment universe

Fifty-five years ago the world's charming Nordic superhero Thor and Mighty Avenger was born and now returns for the super spectacular and highly entertaining big screen sequel Thor: The Dark World.

By Daniel Dercksen 8 Nov 2013 10:46


Awe-inspiring live opera on the big screen

If there are four hours in your life that can truly be celebrated as heavenly, it's experiencing The Metropolitan Opera's lyric opera, Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin.

By Daniel Dercksen 7 Nov 2013 11:13


Behind the scenes with Marno van der Merwe

You might not know who Robbie de Wee is, but after watching the superb Die Ballade van Robbie De Wee, everyone will know who Marno van der Merwe is. Daniel Dercksen shares a few thoughts with Marno and talks about his demanding role, as well as the South African film Industry.

By Daniel Dercksen 28 Oct 2013 10:27


Sassy and vibrant musical entertainment at its best

Musicals are the lifeblood of entertainment and judging by the spontaneous response from its opening weekend audience and rousing ovations, Guys and Dolls is a winner.

By Daniel Dercksen 22 Oct 2013 10:56


Jobs, the revolutionary

The power of the life- and goal-affirming Jobs will change your world and the way you live.

By Daniel Dercksen 18 Oct 2013 10:09


A consummate portrait of loneliness

If there's a tragic love story that's definitely going to capture your heart, it's Diana, a compelling portrait of the Princess of Wales during the final two years of her life.

By Daniel Dercksen 17 Oct 2013 10:01


A shining tribute to Afrikaner patriotism and the spirit of ubuntu

The imposing Afrikaans musical Ons Vir Jou is not just any musical, it's a spectacular show everyone needs to experience and is on in Cape Town for a short must-see season.

By Daniel Dercksen 11 Oct 2013 13:54


Compelling theatre at its most passionate

Tennessee Williams has always been running away from death and with the compelling The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, the tragedy of his fearsome obsession is strikingly realised.

By Daniel Dercksen 10 Oct 2013 10:15