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
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There are dragons in the sky

Your mind will explode and your imagination will soar farther than you ever dreamed with the sensational How to Train Your Dragon2 from DreamWorks Animation, the studio that brought you Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and The Croods. It's the highly anticipated sequel to the Academy Award-nominated How to Train Your Dragon, based on the children's book series by Cressida Cowell.

By Daniel Dercksen 13 Jun 2014 11:39


The Fault in Our Stars

If there's one film that is guaranteed to steal your heart and then break it, it's the passionate The Fault in Our Stars, which tells the unforgettable poignant love story of two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them - and us - on an unforgettable journey.

By Daniel Dercksen 12 Jun 2014 11:44


Marvelous Maleficent

Maleficent is here in all its spectacular awesomeness with Angelina Jolie at her wicked best.This year marks the 55th anniversary of the character who put a spell on young Sleeping Beauty in the animated feature released by Disney in 1959.

By Daniel Dercksen 6 Jun 2014 10:46


The terrifying Quiet Ones

The Quiet Ones Might sound meek and mild, but beware - it is one of the most terrifying films of the year and will shock you to the core. It's all and more that any full-blooded horror fan can expect from the producer who brought you The Woman In Black and Let Me In.

By Daniel Dercksen 5 Jun 2014 11:38


A Million (wacky) Ways To Die In The West

Charlize Theron and Seth MacFarlane sizzle in A Million Ways To Die In The West, a totally wacky and hilarious satirical farce with romance at its core, which offers more than a million ways to chuckle.

By Daniel Dercksen 28 May 2014 11:47


The Railway Man

The latest adaptation of The Railway Man is another true story and will enthrall cinema audiences and open a window into the past that has shaped our future.

By Daniel Dercksen 27 May 2014 13:02


Mind-bending Transcendence

Get ready for a mind-bending Transcendence, with Johnny Depp as a godly scientist and researcher in the field of artificial intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions.

By Daniel Dercksen 26 May 2014 13:29


Under alien skin

Part road movie, part science fiction, part real, Under The Skin is a film about seeing our world through alien eyes.

By Daniel Dercksen 23 May 2014 11:05


X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men explodes on the big screen this weekend. The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

By Daniel Dercksen 22 May 2014 11:36


Mission to Mars

It was pulp sci-fi author Sydney J Bounds's short story, The Animators, which provided the basis for what would become The Last Days on Mars. First published in 1975 in the anthology Tales of Terror from Outer Space - the story of a group of astronauts exploring the Martian surface fascinated screenwriter Clive Dawson, who brought the project to producer Michael Kuhn at Qwerty Films.

By Daniel Dercksen 19 May 2014 10:42


Pure Filth

Filmmaker Jon S Baird felt a very personal connection to the world of Filth from the moment he picked up the book. Irvine Welsh's much-loved novel recounts the story of not only one of the most iconic, foul-mouthed, irate and downright hilarious policemen in modern fiction, but also one of the most tragic.

By Daniel Dercksen 17 May 2014 10:00


Monster reborn in Godzilla

On the big screen this weekend the world's most revered monster is reborn and unleashed in Godzilla. In 1954, Japan's Toho Co. Ltd released Ishiro Honda's ground-breaking monster movie Godzilla in a country still reeling from the devastation of World War II.

By Daniel Dercksen 16 May 2014 09:44


Lone Survivor

If there's one film and story you will never forget it's Lone Survivor, the shocking real-life tale of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralise a high-level al-Qaeda operative who are ambushed by the enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan.

By Daniel Dercksen 9 May 2014 10:20


Cock and Bull Story in Cape Town

The battle is on at the Alexander Upstairs in Cape Town from 12 to 17 May with Cock and Bull Story, in which two men who are forced to confront their masculinity, sexuality, and violent actions in the confines of a locker room in Richard Zajdlic and Richard Crowe's knockout hit play.

By Daniel Dercksen 30 Apr 2014 10:12


Powerful Parkland

An extraordinary new retelling of the JFK assassination, Parkland takes a closer look at one of the 20th century's most examined events in a unique new light.

By Daniel Dercksen 29 Apr 2014 09:25


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 kicks ass

We've always known that Spider-Man's most important conflict has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man.

By Daniel Dercksen 25 Apr 2014 09:45


Legend of Hercules is action-packed

The Legend of Hercules not only celebrates the glory of classics like Ben Hur, but delivers a sumptuous visual feast that is action-packed entertainment at its best.

By Daniel Dercksen 24 Apr 2014 09:16


Top marks for Die Windpomp

Die Windpomp gets my vote as one of the best films ever made in South Africa. Well done to writer-director Ettienne Fourie on an exceptional film: well scripted, directed, first-rate performances, brilliant cinematography and an excellent music score.

By Daniel Dercksen 23 Apr 2014 09:22


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

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