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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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Violence rules in Southpaw

The glory of violence is celebrated in the brutal and bloody Southpaw, the story of a reigning Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion who redeems himself through tough punches.

By Daniel Dercksen 2 Sep 2015 11:16

Celebrating Heritage Month

The Artscape Theatre Centre is celebrating Heritage Month with a wonderful selection of theatre, dance, poetry, choral work, and music until 27 September.

By Daniel Dercksen 31 Aug 2015 12:58

Poetry in 3D

Every Thing Will Be Fine is a magnificent master work from Wim Wenders, poignantly showing that it is not time alone that heals wounds, but the courage to face up to things and to forgive, especially oneself.

By Daniel Dercksen 28 Aug 2015 11:18

Hard-core Impunity

If there's one film that fully exposes the talents of local actors Alex McGregor and Bjorn Steinbach in all its glory, it's Jyoti Mistry's hard-core and daring Impunity.

By Daniel Dercksen 27 Aug 2015 10:00

The mystery of human nature

"One shouldn't leave this life without a sense of completion," declares 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes in the absolutely superb Mr.Holmes, a new twist on the world's most famous detective that is definitely one of the top films of the year.

By Daniel Dercksen 26 Aug 2015 10:32

First love rules

True love is tested to the extreme in Paper Towns, a charming coming-of-age romance adapted from the best-selling novel by author John Green (The Fault in Our Stars).

By Daniel Dercksen 24 Aug 2015 10:39

Soulful Boychoir soars triumphantly

The glory of music changes lives in the inspirational Boychoir, a heart-warming coming-of-age story from celebrated director Fran├žois Girard, who gave us Oscar-winning The Red Violin.

By Daniel Dercksen 21 Aug 2015 10:49

60s' cool returns with flair

Take a trip back to the 1960s with The Man from U.N.C.L.E., a stylish take on the hugely popular 60s television series.

By Daniel Dercksen 19 Aug 2015 10:42

Cry Havoc - a soulful exploration of forbidden love

The affection between two men becomes a prison in Cry Havoc, a commanding play that should not be missed at the cosy Rosebank Theatre in Cape Town.

By Daniel Dercksen 18 Aug 2015 10:55

Smashing Trainwreck

Love gets roasted in the spicy Trainwreck, a first-rate comedy that turns relationships and the battle between the sexes inside out. For those who are not familiar with screenwriter-actress Amy Schumer, you will fall hopelessly in love with her gentle and soft-hearted comedic onslaught, although her sharp wit has a sting in its tail.

By Daniel Dercksen 14 Aug 2015 12:33

Death hounds Everyman

The medieval morality play Everyman gets a wicked makeover with the NT Live's racy screening on 15, 19 and 20 August at 7.30pm and on 16 August at 2.30pm - only at Cinema Nouveau theatres in Joburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town.

By Daniel Dercksen 13 Aug 2015 10:20

Adrenaline-charged Ant-Man

Your imagination will explode with Ant-Man, an imaginative trip with a miniscule superhero and his army of ants as they save the world.

By Daniel Dercksen 11 Aug 2015 10:50

The magic of The Royal Ballet

The Royal Ballet's vibrant staging of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale will have four exclusive screenings at Cinema Nouveau theatres in Joburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town on 8, 12 and 13 August at 7.30pm and on 9 August at 2.30pm.

By Daniel Dercksen 6 Aug 2015 13:18

Action-packed Cruise Control

Fasten your seatbelts for the five-star Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, the explosive fifth instalment in the constantly accelerating action-thriller series that is unquestionably the best action film of the year.

By Daniel Dercksen 5 Aug 2015 10:21

The Gallows will make your skin crawl

Fear The Gallows, it is the scariest film in years. With the tag line 'Every school has its spirit' the concept is brilliant, showing what happens when four high school friends are trapped inside a school's auditorium where a student died 10 years before in a freak accident during Beatrice High's production of the play The Gallows.

By Daniel Dercksen 3 Aug 2015 09:42

Mommy will change your life

Twenty-five-year-old French-Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan's masterful Mommy takes the art of filmmaking and to an extreme level that will alter your view on films, and gets my vote as one the best and most powerful films of the year, shining a bright light on humanity.

By Daniel Dercksen 31 Jul 2015 10:56

Ultimate escapism in West Side Story

Musical Theatre is gloriously alive and pulsating vibrantly in South Africa with the super sensational and ultra-spectacular West Side Story.

By Daniel Dercksen 30 Jul 2015 11:23

Woolf at the Fugard - theatre at its best

You must see the fiery Afrikaans version of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Fugard Theatre. This is what consummate theatre at its most engaging is all about. It is theatre that you experience and drama you feel.

By Daniel Dercksen 29 Jul 2015 13:40

Treasured memories celebrated in Woman in Gold

Art unites disparate worlds in the splendid Woman In Gold, the remarkable true story of one woman's journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family 60 years after she fled Vienna during World War II.

By Daniel Dercksen 29 Jul 2015 10:10

A kidnapping to remember

Greediness and ignorance destroy lives in Kidnapping Freddy Heineken, a stirring human drama from Swedish director Daniel Alfredson (who is best known for the Swedish films The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest).

By Daniel Dercksen 25 Jul 2015 09:00

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