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: 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

#OnTheBigScreen: La La and XXX

There are four films opening this week: La La Land, Hoener Met Die Rooi Skoene, Collateral Beauty and XXX: The Return Of Xander Cage.

By Daniel Dercksen 27 Jan 2017

#OnTheBigScreen: War & sanity

There are four films opening this weekend: Lion, Allied, Split and No Man's Land.

By Daniel Dercksen 19 Jan 2017

#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

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