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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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Don't miss The Last Five Years!

If there's one film you simply cannot miss, it's The Last Five Years, a glorious feel-good romance that celebrates the art of musicals. The Last Five Years is a rare not-to-be-missed film that comes along once in a lifetime, featuring a young couple singing about their failed marriage from two perspectives.

By Daniel Dercksen 22 May 2015 10:34

Verismo Met opera double bill on the big screen

Warm up your winter blues with opera's most popular double bill: Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci.

By Daniel Dercksen 19 May 2015 12:40

Love rules A Little Chaos

There's plenty of chaotic amorous encounters in the romantic drama A Little Chaos, set in the 17th century, which is a re-imagining of the creation of the Rockwork Grove, a unique element of France's 'Sun King' Louis XIV's magnificent Palace of Versailles.

By Daniel Dercksen 15 May 2015 11:05

True friendship shines in You're Not You

You're Not You is a heart-warming and defiantly unsentimental and starkly moving portrait of a high-stakes friendship between two women - one literally in need of a voice, the other discovering the full power of hers.

By Daniel Dercksen 14 May 2015 12:44

Mad Max returns with absolute fury!

Absolutely awesome and totally sensational, Mad Max: Fury Road is an ultimate hard core apocalyptic epic with heart! This is what filmmaking is all about - a visceral experience that relentlessly grabs hold of you from the first frame until the climatic ending.

By Daniel Dercksen 13 May 2015 13:01

Solving The Hard Problem

Discerning theatre-goers can challenge their perceptions with Tom Stoppard's intriguing new play The Hard Problem, which will be screened exclusively at Cinema Nouveau Cinemas from 16 May.

By Daniel Dercksen 12 May 2015 08:00

Somer Son shines bright

Daniel Dercksen shares a few thoughts with writer-director Clinton Lubbe about this charming new Afrikaans film he co-wrote with Luan Jacobs and Zandeli Meyer, based on a story by himself and Jan-Lourens van der Merwe.

By Daniel Dercksen 8 May 2015 10:03

Gripping Child 44 is one of the best films of the year

Swedish filmmaker Daniel Espinosa's masterful and gripping crime-thriller Child 44 is indeed one of the best films of 2015.

By Daniel Dercksen 6 May 2015 11:56

Swan Lake on the big screen in glorious HD

The Royal Ballet's production of Tchaikovsky's iconic romantic fairy tale, Swan Lake, will delight dance lovers at Cinema Nouveau Theatres for four exclusive screenings on 2, 6 and 7 May at 7.30pm and on 3 May at 2.30pm in Joburg, Pretoria, Durban, and Cape Town.

By Daniel Dercksen 30 Apr 2015 13:34

The greatest love story ever told

Thomas Hardy's Far From The Madding Crowd gave the world one of the great heroines of all time and it is now brought to the big screen by Danish filmmaker David Nicholls in a sumptuously spectacular romance.

By Daniel Dercksen 29 Apr 2015 10:00

A fantastic animated adventure for kids of all ages

The Book Of Life, a vibrant animated fantasy adventure, presents a grand mythology set in visually spectacular worlds never seen before, bringing together Mexican director Jorge R Gutierrez' unique visual style and a crowd-pleasing mix of adventure, action, comedy, romance and music.

By Daniel Dercksen 28 Apr 2015 11:38

Enemy: An ultimate mindbender

If there's one film that will bend you mind, twist your logic and challenge your sensibility, it's Enemy, guaranteed to be the most talked about psychological thriller in years.

By Daniel Dercksen 23 Apr 2015 10:17

Olivier winner A View from the Bridge on the big screen

The Young Vic's "magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold" Olivier Award-winning production of American playwright Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge will be screened at Cinema Nouveau for four screenings only: 25, 29 and 30 April at 7.30pm, and on Sunday, 26 April at 2.30pm -in Joburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town.

By Daniel Dercksen 22 Apr 2015 10:20

Local is indeed very lekker with French Toast

If there's one local film that provides ample cheer it's the delightful French Toast, another winner from Hartiwood Films, which gave us Liefling: Die Movie, and Pretville.

By Daniel Dercksen 21 Apr 2015 12:09

Van Gogh and his art on the big screen

Art buffs will delight in the not-to-be-missed documentary Vincent van Gogh - A New Way of Seeing, a consummate masterwork that forms part of the Exhibition on Screen season and will be showing at Cinema Nouveau for four exclusive screenings on 18, 22 and 23 April at 7.30pm and on 19 April at 2.30pm -in Joburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town.

By Daniel Dercksen 17 Apr 2015 13:40

First-rate action for adrenaline junkies

If it's action you are looking for, look no further. Run All Night will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

By Daniel Dercksen 16 Apr 2015 14:31

Explosive Avengers action sequence filmed in Joburg

With Avengers: Age Of Ultron, the filmmakers felt it was important to inject a global relevance into the story for the film as well, and spent three weeks shooting one of the major action sequences in Joburg.

By Daniel Dercksen 15 Apr 2015 12:34

A great romance for hopeless romantics

Love rules triumphantly in The Longest Ride, another winner from best-selling author Nicholas Sparks, whose novels The Notebook, Dear John, Safe Haven and The Best of Me were adapted into film and spun box office gold.

By Daniel Dercksen 14 Apr 2015 11:40

War of the robots

In the entertaining and explosive British sci-fi adventure Robot Overlords a group of teenagers battle an invading force of deadly robots who have taken over the Earth.

By Daniel Dercksen 9 Apr 2015 10:15

Dynamic dance duo performs exciting double bill at Baxter

In Grant and Shaun: A Double Bill of Dance, Cape Town artists Grant van Ster and Shaun Oelf, two of the hottest young talents on the local dance and theatre scenes, take to the Baxter's Flipside stage for a short season.

By Daniel Dercksen 8 Apr 2015 10:14

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