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 and 2014 on Bizcommunity.com. Email:
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Jump on the Bond-wagon for mindless entertainment

Watching Spectre, the 24th Bond film, I could not help thinking about a quote from William Friedkin's Boys In The Band, where a gay man admires a striking young stud and says: "How can his beauty ever compare with my soul?''

By Daniel Dercksen 25 Nov 2015 09:16


The ultimate power of hope

With the not-to-be-missed and life-affirming He Named Me Malala, acclaimed Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim brings us a profoundly moving and intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai...

By Daniel Dercksen 20 Nov 2015 09:32


A remarkable South African film that will break your heart

The deeply moving 'n Man Soos My Pa is one of those exceptional films steeped in the tradition of classic films like East Of Eden that grabs hold of you emotionally and never lets go...

By Daniel Dercksen 17 Nov 2015 11:45


A spellbinding tribute that raises the roof

Queen - It's a Kinda Magic is a spellbinding experience that brings people together to celebrate the genius of iconic rocker Freddie Mercury and the immortal music of Queen.

By Daniel Dercksen 13 Nov 2015 11:14


What happens in The Loft stays in the loft

The plot is the star in The Loft, an erotic thriller of "how desire and secrecy can spiral out of control and go to a very dark place."

By Daniel Dercksen 11 Nov 2015 11:35


You will fall in love with Brooklyn

The purity of love and the beguiling innocence of young lovers blossom in John Crowley's profoundly moving Brooklyn, a film that makes one believe in love again.

By Daniel Dercksen 10 Nov 2015 10:51


Giving a voice to child victims

Drosdty Teater in Stellenbosch is proud to debut Acceptance, which runs from 11 to 13 November, 2015, with a final show on Sunday, 15 November.

By Daniel Dercksen 9 Nov 2015 09:54


Hamlet live on the big screen

The National Theatre Live screenings continue with Hamlet, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role of the wounded and tormented Danish prince, which will be showing at Cinema Nouveau for four screenings only on 7, 11 and 12 November at 7.30pm and on 8 November at 2.30pm.

By Daniel Dercksen 6 Nov 2015 09:44


Close encounter of Spies

Spielberg wears his serious hat for Bridge of Spies, giving us a heated close encounter of spies during the Cold War of deep-seated feelings of animosity and distrust that existed between the US and the Soviet Union in the 1950s.

By Daniel Dercksen 3 Nov 2015 10:47


Extraordinary fear destroys ordinary lives in Legend

Crime lies in the eyes of the beholder in Legend, the heartbreaking true story of the rise and fall of London's most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ronnie Kray, from Oscar winner Brian Helgeland (LA Confidential,Mystic River).

By Daniel Dercksen 29 Oct 2015 11:35


Ghosts are real

Crimson Peak is a spectacular journey into a surreal fairytale reality where ghosts are real and rule supreme.

By Daniel Dercksen 28 Oct 2015 10:48


Verdi's Il Trovatore launches new opera season on the big screen

The much anticipated 2015/16 Live in HD season from The Metropolitan Opera in New York returned to South Africa from 24 October with Verdi's Il Trovatore.

By Daniel Dercksen 26 Oct 2015 09:32


Bianca Isaac is at the top of her game

Bianca Isaac's TV series Swartwater, which she produced with Quizzical Pictures, won four SAFTA Awards this year, including Best Drama Series. She is writing the third Season of Umlilo for ETV, and her film The Jakes Are Missing is released nationwide on 23 October.

By Daniel Dercksen 23 Oct 2015 11:24


The haunting memory of abuse

A woman soulfully redeems her innocence in Dis Ek, Anna, a powerful South African film that shows how the vicious cycle of the sexual abuse of children destroys lives and families.

By Daniel Dercksen 22 Oct 2015 10:15


Abraham, a profound and consummate masterwork

Abraham is undoubtedly one of the best South African films ever made, a profound and consummate masterwork from industry legend, Jans Rautenbach that marks his first film in 30 years.

By Daniel Dercksen 15 Oct 2015 10:29


The man behind The Beatles

Explore the mindscape of the man behind The Beatles with the witty and touching Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles, which is now on at the Theatre On The Bay until 17 October.

By Daniel Dercksen 13 Oct 2015 11:25


Soulful Life will break your heart

If ever you wanted to spend a week with James Dean, the superb Life is an outstanding film that transports us to New York of the 1950s when Dean was at the beginning of his career...

By Daniel Dercksen 12 Oct 2015 11:04


A walk you will never forget

A definitive dream is magnificently celebrated in The Walk, a film that showcases the craft and art of filmmaking at its finest.

By Daniel Dercksen 9 Oct 2015 08:44


It's shnit time in Cape Town

Film buffs are in for a reel treat with the shnit International Short film festival, which is on in Cape Town until 11 October.

By Daniel Dercksen 8 Oct 2015 10:32


Spectacular Symphony of Dance

Symphony of Dance unites the Cape Town City Ballet and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra for this spectacular production featuring six breathtaking ballets danced to famous orchestral and instrumental masterpieces by Strauss, Rachmaninov, Ponchielli, Barber and Pärt.

By Daniel Dercksen 7 Oct 2015 11:08

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