Daniel Dercksen

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


As a freelance film and theatre journalist for more than 30 years, published playwright and creator of the independent training initiative The Writing Studio, Daniel Dercksen received the number one spot for most popular lifestyle contributor for 2012, 2014 and 2015, and 2nd spot in 2016 on Bizcommunity.com.
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#OnTheBigScreen: Family rules, action & Winnie the Pooh

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

By Daniel Dercksen 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

#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

#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

#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

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

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

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

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 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

#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

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

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

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

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

#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

#OnTheBigScreen: Greatest Showman, Jumanji and Beatriz at Dinner

Inspired by the legend and ambitions of America's original pop-culture impresario, P.T. Barnum, comes The Greatest Showman, an inspirational rags-to-riches tale of a brash dreamer who rose from nothing to prove that anything you can envision is possible...

By Daniel Dercksen 29 Dec 2017

#OnTheBigScreen: Ferdinand the bull, Wonder Wheel and The Nutcracker

A little bull prefers sitting quietly under a cork tree just smelling the flowers versus jumping around...

By Daniel Dercksen 21 Dec 2017

#OnTheBigScreen: Dickens, Jedi, Met Opera

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Man Who Invented Christmas, The Foreigner, The Wedding Party 2 and Adès's: The Exterminating Angel open at local cinemas this week.

By Daniel Dercksen 14 Dec 2017

#OnTheBigScreen: Dirty Laundry, Wonder and Zola Budd

Vuil Wasgoed, Kidnap, Beauty And The Dogs, Wonder, The Fall and Barbie: Dolphin Magic open at local cinemas this week.

By Daniel Dercksen 7 Dec 2017

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