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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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No X or magic in Magic Mike XXl

After watching Magic Mike XXl you feel like taking 1000 showers to get rid of the smut and cheap entertainment.

By Daniel Dercksen 3 Jul 2015 09:34

The origin of fear

Nothing is more frightening than the root of evil in Insidious: Chapter 3, a feast for horror buffs who enjoy escaping into a supernatural nightmarish hell.

By Daniel Dercksen 1 Jul 2015 09:32

Terminator makes an explosive return

Thirty years after a new cinematic icon named Terminator changed the future of sci-fi films, it's time to reset the future with Terminator Genisys.

By Daniel Dercksen 30 Jun 2015 09:49

Ted 2 is a wicked laugh riot

The world's most outrageous teddy bear is back in Ted 2 and this time it's personal.

By Daniel Dercksen 29 Jun 2015 10:06

American patriotism shines bright in San Andreas

A monstrous earthquake crushes the spirit of Americans in San Andreas and reduces them to rubble.

By Daniel Dercksen 26 Jun 2015 11:28

A Royal treat for ballet lovers

If there's one ballet you dare not miss, it's The Royal Ballet's magnificent La Fille mal gardée, which is showing in cinemas from 27 June for four screenings only - on 27 June, 1 and 2 July at 7.30pm and on 28 June at 2.30pm - only at Cinema Nouveau theatres in Joburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town.

By Daniel Dercksen 25 Jun 2015 12:03

Turn your world Inside Out

Take a zany trip inside the mind of an 11-year-old in Inside Out and befriend the emotions that make the world spin round.

By Daniel Dercksen 23 Jun 2015 10:04

Roaring dinotainment offers ultimate escapism

With Jurassic World, a whopping return to the world of re-engineered dinos, entertainment gets a revitalised reboot.

By Daniel Dercksen 19 Jun 2015 09:30

Talking Seun with Darrell Roodt

Darrell Roodt's Seun is one of the most important and relevant films ever made in South Africa, following in the tradition of his superb Faith's Corner, revealing the fragile disposition of a young man whose life is changed when he joins the army in 1981.

By Daniel Dercksen 17 Jun 2015 11:09

Man and Superman rules supreme

A century after Man and Superman was written, George Bernard Shaw's delightful satire on the human condition, moral dilemmas and romantic liaisons is more relevant than ever with London's National Theatre staging, which is screened at Cinema Nouveau for a limited season from 13 June.

By Daniel Dercksen 12 Jun 2015 10:10

Experience Jurassic World in Imax 3D

Jurassic World is here and offers an ultimate thrill for cinema-goers on Imax 3D screens in Gateway in Durban, The Grove in Pretoria and Cape Gate in Cape Town from Friday, 12 June. The film also releases in the brand new Imax at Ster-Kinekor Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth from 18 June.

By Daniel Dercksen 11 Jun 2015 09:23

Let The Riot Club rock your world

The world of a group of rich-and-spoilt undergraduates in The Riot Club is perversely painted in money and they don't give a damn.

By Daniel Dercksen 10 Jun 2015 10:06

Masterful Romeo and Juliet ballet on the big screen

If there's one ballet that will seduce your senses it's The Royal Ballet's breathtaking Romeo and Juliet, which will be screened at Cinema Nouveau cinemas from 6 June for a limited season.

By Daniel Dercksen 8 Jun 2015 08:42

The Pirates of Penzance offers a shipload of fun!

Escape into the merriment and frolic of The Pirates of Penzance, a vibrant-and-sassy production from The Waterfront Theatre Company that is now on at the Artscape Theatre for a short run until Saturday, 6 June.

By Daniel Dercksen 4 Jun 2015 10:01

The healing power of music

Song One is a remarkable film about how music can heal broken relationships and will most definitely put a song in your heart.

By Daniel Dercksen 2 Jun 2015 12:12

Spy is one of the funniest films in years

If you are looking for a film that will have you screaming with laughter, it's the super-hilarious Spy, a laugh riot from start to finish. This third teaming of actress Melissa McCarthy and writer-director Paul Feig, is pure magic, following the hilarity of Bridesmaids and The Heat.

By Daniel Dercksen 1 Jun 2015 10:27

Poltergeist - an amusing fright fest

Revivals and remakes feed the box office this year with classics from the 80s, like Poltergeist, The Terminator and Jurassic Park receiving a contemporary makeover.

By Daniel Dercksen 28 May 2015 11:02

More art on the big screen

The invigorating Exhibition On Screen at Cinema Nouveau continues with The Impressionists - and the Man Who Made Them, a new documentary that offers a fresh perspective on the Impressionist painters, through the life and work of the man behind the artists: Paul Durand-Ruel.

By Daniel Dercksen 26 May 2015 11:55

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

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