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: Heroes and monsters

There are four films released this week: Patriot's Day, A Monster Calls, The Birth Of A Nation and Monster Trucks.

By Daniel Dercksen 13 Jan 2017

Top 10 South African films of 2016

Local has indeed been lekker in 2016, with more than 30 films released in South Africa. Here are the films that had a visceral and emotional impact, allowing us to see the world through home-grown eyes.

By Daniel Dercksen 9 Jan 2017

Top 15 films of 2016

What makes a film memorable is not critique from the critics, money raked in at the box-office, or communal affirmation, but its enduring emotional impact and transformative power. Here are the films that changed the way I see the world.

By Daniel Dercksen 6 Jan 2017

#OnTheBigScreen: Drama and animation

Two new film releases open this week; Manchester by the Sea & Ballerina.

By Daniel Dercksen 5 Jan 2017

#OntheBigScreen: Space travel & teen angst

The following films have been released this week: Hacksaw Ridge, Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, Passengers, Snaaks Genoeg and Why Him?

By Daniel Dercksen 30 Dec 2016

#OnTheBigScreen: Assassins and local love

This week's latest films include Assassin's Creed, Jou Romeo and Sing.

By Daniel Dercksen 20 Dec 2016

#OnTheBigScreen: Christmas Rogue

There are three new films to watch this week, including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Office Christmas Party and The Nutcracker Ballet.

By Daniel Dercksen 15 Dec 2016

#OnTheBigScreen: Dante's Inferno and fallen angels

Films to look out for this week include A United Kingdom, Fallen, Inferno, Equity, Robinson Crusoe and The Edge of Seventeen.

By Daniel Dercksen 9 Dec 2016

#OntheBigScreen: Christmas & comedians

The films to watch out for this week include Jonathan, Moana, Almost Christmas, Underworld: Blood Wars, Keep Watching and Tristan Und Isolde...

By Daniel Dercksen 1 Dec 2016

#OntheBigScreen: Wizards & Snow Queens

The following films will hit the big screen this week; Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Vir die Voƫls, The Snow Queen 2, Maggie's Plan and The Entertainer.

By Daniel Dercksen 25 Nov 2016

#OntheBigScreen: Superheroes & Jackie Chan

This weekend you can see Mozart's opera Don Giovanni live on the big screen, as well as the human-drama Alone In Berlin, the action-adventure Max Steel, crime thriller Blood Father and the action-comedy Skip Trace.

By Daniel Dercksen 18 Nov 2016

#OntheBigScreen: Storks & aliens

The following films are opening this week: the animated Storks, the futuristic thriller Arrival, Shut In, the Mexican drama Desierto and the Bolshoi Ballet's The Golden Age.

By Daniel Dercksen 11 Nov 2016

This weekend's new releases

Six new films will be releasing on the Big Screen this weekend; including two South African films; thriller Hatchet Hour and romantic comedy Eintlik Nog Baie as well as Hell Or High Water, Doctor Strange, Julieta and When the Bough Breaks.

By Daniel Dercksen 4 Nov 2016

This weekend's Big Screen openings

Shepherds and Butchers, Indignation, The Accountant, Ouija: Origin of Evil and The Threepenny Opera are the releases opening on the Big Screen this weekend. Daniel Dercksen gives some background to each of these films.

By Daniel Dercksen 27 Oct 2016

What's opening on the Big Screen this weekend

Jack Reacher, Hands of Stone, Boo! A Madea Halloween and Trolls are the releases opening on the Big Screen this weekend. Daniel Dercksen gives some background to each of these films.

By Daniel Dercksen 21 Oct 2016

NT Live theatre available on the big screen

Theatre lovers are in for a treat Cinema Nouveau's next two broadcasts from National Theatre Live...

By Daniel Dercksen 17 Oct 2016

Stay peculiar with 'Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children'

"The film says be yourself and embrace your uniqueness, as well as the original and peculiar in everyone."

By Daniel Dercksen 7 Oct 2016

Uncover the delightful 'Secret Life of Pets'

For their fifth fully animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present 'The Secret Life of Pets', a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.

By Daniel Dercksen 1 Oct 2016

Q&A with Stiaan Smith of film 'Sy Klink Soos Lente'

Daniel Dercksen shares a few thoughts with award-winning actor Stiaan Smith, who stars in the new Afrikaans romantic comedy 'Sy Klink Soos Lente', and also wrote the screenplay.

By Daniel Dercksen 27 Sep 2016

Absolutely Fabulous is back!

26 years after "Ab Fab" became a cultural phenomenon on television, the hedonistic "sweetie darling" duo invade the big screen with their Absolutely Fabulous larger-than-life movie...

By Daniel Dercksen 23 Sep 2016

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