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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 and 2014 on Email:
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An ultimate Cinderella for all ages

Cinderella bursts into glorious life on the big screen and it's an enchanting masterwork from legendary filmmaker Kenneth Branagh.

By Daniel Dercksen 31 Mar 2015 10:59

Death busters

In the mindbender The Lazarus Effect, a group of researchers bring the dead to life and suffer the consequences when the unimaginable turns into a gruesome nightmare.

By Daniel Dercksen 26 Mar 2015 14:53

Danny Collins is most definitely your man!

Al Pacino astounds as Danny Collins, an ageing rock star who receives a life-changing letter and decides to find out what his life could have been like.

By Daniel Dercksen 25 Mar 2015 16:29

Ballet on the big screen

All the beauty, grace and magic of the ballet will soon be enjoyed on the big screen with a season of five famous ballets, thanks to a screening partnership between Cinema Nouveau and The Royal Ballet in London, launching with Alice's Adventures In Wonderland on 28 March.

By Daniel Dercksen 24 Mar 2015 13:33

Magical Cobbler

With humour and compassion, the enchanting The Cobbler shows that sometimes walking in another man's shoes is the only way to find out who you really are.

By Daniel Dercksen 23 Mar 2015 13:00

A soulful Ballade Vir 'n Enkeling

Twenty-eight years after it wowed TV viewers, the big screen incarnation of Ballade Vir 'n Enkeling is here at last and it's been well worth the wait, gloriously celebrating South African storytelling and story-making at its best.

By Daniel Dercksen 20 Mar 2015 14:21

Unforgettable opera double-bill on the big screen

Opera lovers are in for a double treat with the screening of Tchaikovsky's lyrical fairy tale Iolanta and Bartók's haunting psychological thriller Bluebeard's Castle from 21 March at Cinema Nouveau and select Ster-Kinekor cinemas countrywide for limited screenings.

By Daniel Dercksen 20 Mar 2015 10:02

Lionboy roars its way into the heart of Cape Town audiences

World-renowned British theatre company Complicite's Lionboy makes its South African debut at the Baxter Theatre for five performances only.

By Daniel Dercksen 16 Mar 2015 11:24

A rewarding Gambler

In the thrilling remake of The Gambler, Mark Wahlberg is terrific as a fearless and unfiltered nihilistic college professor, who immerses himself in an illicit dark underground world as he pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring and risks all for love.

By Daniel Dercksen 13 Mar 2015 10:35

Bewitching Crucible

Hardcore theatre buffs will devour The Old Vic Theatre's powerful The Crucible at Cinema Nouveau with four exclusive screenings on 14, 18 and 19 March at 7:30pm, and on Sunday, 15 March at 2:30pm...

By Daniel Dercksen 12 Mar 2015 11:36

Sexual awakening is a Beautiful Thing

The delightful coming-of-age play Beautiful Thing is on exclusively at the Milnerton Playhouse from 13 March and should not be missed under any circumstances.

By Daniel Dercksen 11 Mar 2015 09:16

The tragedy of true love

Eternal love blossoms optimistically in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, a relatable portrait of love, empathy and truth that explores the heartache of a once-happily married couple who suddenly find themselves as strangers longing to understand each other.

By Daniel Dercksen 10 Mar 2015 09:54

Love conquers all in Strange Magic

The totally zany and super spectacular animated musical Strange Magic is an enchanting creation from George Lucas and Lucasfilm, featuring a princess who has sworn off love, a vulnerable villain, a slightly nutty Sugar Plum Fairy, a tenacious and big-hearted elf, a mischievous imp, and a knight who is no Prince Charming.

By Daniel Dercksen 9 Mar 2015 09:51

Fear The Woman in Black

If you are looking for a good old-fashioned scare, the supernatural horror film The Woman in Black 2: Angels of Death offers plenty of chills.

By Daniel Dercksen 7 Mar 2015 09:30

Live opera on the big screen

Opera lovers can indulge in the Met Opera's production of Offenbach's sumptuous Les Contes d'Hoffmann at Cinema Nouveau from 7 March.

By Daniel Dercksen 6 Mar 2015 09:54

Crime of passion

Crime pays viciously in the outstanding Nightcrawler, a shocking journey into the world of freelance stringers, known as nightcrawlers, who hunt for crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem in the hope of selling the footage to local TV news.

By Daniel Dercksen 5 Mar 2015 11:43

Cocky passion

World-class theatre at its most captivating and alluring, British playwright Mike Bartlett's Olivier Award-winning play Cock will shake you to the core at the Alexander Upstairs Theatre.

By Daniel Dercksen 4 Mar 2015 11:27

Wacky and wild Mortdecai

The totally zany and absolutely fantastic Mortdecai stars Johnny Depp as debonair art dealer and part-time rogue Charlie Mortdecai...

By Daniel Dercksen 2 Mar 2015 11:26

Real life imagined on the big screen

Truth is most definitely stranger than fiction in film and this week you can unravel the mystery behind a deadly conspiracy in Kill The Messenger, explore Stephen Hawking's mindscape with The Theory of Everything, and join a woman on her journey to absolute freedom in Wild...

By Daniel Dercksen 27 Feb 2015 11:28

Enchanting Merry Widow

The Metropolitan Opera's lavish new production of Franz Lehar's enduring operetta The Merry Widow is a light comedy with a rich, tuneful score and plenty of opportunities for dancing...

By Daniel Dercksen 20 Feb 2015 12:00

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