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: Ballet, battles and bravado

Bolshoi Ballet presents A Contemporary Evening, Silence, American Pastoral, In Dubious Battle, Table 19, and Asterix and Obelix: The Mansions of the Gods are releases on the big screen this weekend.

By Daniel Dercksen 2 days ago

#OnTheBigScreen: Beauties and beasts

This week you can set your imagination free with new film releases; Beauty and the Beast; The Fast and the Furious 8 and The Artists' Garden: American Impressionism.

By Daniel Dercksen 14 Apr 2017

Gate 69 - a portal to heavenly entertainment

If there's one gateway to blissful showbiz, it's the super sumptuous and glamorous Gate 69, a cosy and intimate pleasure palace where Brendan van Rhyn's divine creation Cathy and the Trolley Dollies offers five-star entertainment.

By Daniel Dercksen 10 Apr 2017

#OnTheBigScreen: Boss Baby and grown-up drama

Die Rebellie Van Lafras Verwey, Boss Baby, Gallows Road, The Last Face, Gold and La Traviata open at the cinemas this weekend.

By Daniel Dercksen 7 Apr 2017

DECA will wow fans at The Showroom in Prince Albert

Violinist Herman Steyn and guitarist Douw Steyn have teamed up to form the new music group DECA, and will be performing songs from their debut album Black Sails at the Showroom Theatre on Saturday, 8 April at 8pm.

By Daniel Dercksen 3 Apr 2017

Priscilla offers ultimate escapism

Writer-director Stephen Elliot's cult film Priscilla, Queen of the Desert made a world of difference in creating a profound awareness of the drag culture and same-sex sexuality when it was released 26 years ago.

By Daniel Dercksen 31 Mar 2017

#OnTheBigScreen: Killers and heroes

The following films release this weekend; Ghost in the Shell, The Bye Bye Man, The Zookeeper's Wife, The Smurfs: The Lost Village and Hedda Gabler.

By Daniel Dercksen 30 Mar 2017

#OnTheBigScreen: Face your rivals

The following films release this weekend; Kampterrein: Die Movie, Life, The Sense of an Ending, CHiPs, Saban's Power Rangers, Get Out and Dvorák's Rusalka.

By Daniel Dercksen 24 Mar 2017

#OnTheBigScreen: Action heroes and deadly rivals

Two local films are released this week: a pacifist primary school teacher is hunted down in the taut thriller Jagveld, and a young professor consumed by alcoholism is saved from self-destruction in The Tribe...

By Daniel Dercksen 17 Mar 2017

Miss Sloane will seduce your sensibility

If you are looking for a first-rate political thriller with bite that is savvy and shrewd, Miss Sloane will seduce your senses and twist your perception.

By Daniel Dercksen 16 Mar 2017

Jackie – a commanding and introspective journey

Films allow us the unique opportunity to share the intimate mindscape of iconic legends, and with Jackie, screenwriter and journalist Noah Oppenheim, probes the most private thoughts of Jacqueline Kennedy, one of the most famed, admired and envied figures in the world.

By Daniel Dercksen 14 Mar 2017

Revenge is bittersweet in Nocturnal Animals

Writer-director Tom Ford spins his magic in the provocative mindbender Nocturnal Animals, a captivating narrative of a story-within-a story where two different worlds and disparate lives collide head-on, where nothing seems to be what it is, and everything becomes twisted.

By Daniel Dercksen 13 Mar 2017

#OnTheBigScreen: Heroes and nocturnal animals

Nocturnal Animals, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Kalushi, Kong: Skull Island; and The Bolshoi Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty all release in cinemas this weekend.

By Daniel Dercksen 10 Mar 2017

The grotesque fantasy of hero worship

In a world obsessed with hero worship, where we only adulate glory and eminence, and forget about the person behind the idol, Ang Lee gives us a pleasant satirical view of what it takes to be trapped between being a hero and a person.

By Daniel Dercksen 9 Mar 2017

#OnTheBigScreen: Amadeus, Wolverine and Kennedy

There are seven new films released this week: Jackie, Keeping Up With The Kandasamys, Logan: The Wolverine, The Disappointments Room, The Hollars, Rock Dog and Amadeus.

By Daniel Dercksen 3 Mar 2017

#OntheBigScreen: Women and men in action and a dog's purpose

Tess, Hidden Figures, T2: Trainspotting, A Dog's Purpose, Fist Fight and I, Claude Monet release on the big screen this week...

By Daniel Dercksen 23 Feb 2017

Who's in the running for Best Picture at the Oscars 2017?

The race for an Oscar for Best Picture is going to be tough this year, very tough...

By Daniel Dercksen 22 Feb 2017

#OntheBigScreen: Deadly secrets and thrilling adventure

A Cure For Wellness, Collide, Fences, The Great Wall and Russia's Bolshoi Ballet's Swan Lake release on the big screen this weekend.

By Daniel Dercksen 16 Feb 2017

#OnTheBigScreen: Fifty Shades of Lego

This week's not-to-be-missed movies - Moonlight, Fifty Shades Darker, Denial, The Lego Batman Movie and Roméo et Juliette...

By Daniel Dercksen 10 Feb 2017

#OntheBigScreen: Thrills and spills

There are five titles releasing this week: in Live By Night,The Space Between Us, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter; Rings, the prequel to The Ring; and Giuseppe Verdi's Nabucco.

By Daniel Dercksen 3 Feb 2017

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