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 Bizcommunity.com. Email:
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Soulful Santa Gamka strikes a passionate chord at the Baxter

Marlo Minnaar's powerful one-hander Santa Gamka perfectly captures the heated passion of a young coloured man from the Karoo who sells his body and soul to survive.

By Daniel Dercksen 5 Feb 2016 13:13

Love and heroism rule in The Finest Hours

The Finest Hours is an exquisitely well-made film about love and heroism, based on the remarkable true story of the most daring rescue mission in the history of the US Coast Guard, filled with nostalgia and adventure that immerses you emotionally and physically.

By Daniel Dercksen 4 Feb 2016 14:25

The truth and nothing but the truth

Spotlight tells the astonishing true story of the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Spotlight' team of investigative journalists, who in 2002 shocked the city and the world by exposing the Catholic Church's systematic cover-up of widespread paedophilia perpetrated by more than 70 local priests.

By Daniel Dercksen 3 Feb 2016 13:05

Let The Dressmaker change your world

If there is one film that is divinely unique in every possible way, it's the quirky Australian charmer The Dressmaker, a film that transforms you in many ways.

By Daniel Dercksen 2 Feb 2016 11:27

A significant and profound celebration of individuality

The extreme truth of his hidden identity and acceptance of his true self sets an impassioned artist free in the exceptionally soulful The Danish Girl. It's the much anticipated new film from Tom Hooper (The King's Speech, Les Miserables), and one that will make its mark in history.

By Daniel Dercksen 28 Jan 2016 13:32

A potent film about the miracle of life and the power of hope

"Family is all we have," is what keeps the flame of hope burning in the tense and taut untold true story of The 33...

By Daniel Dercksen 26 Jan 2016 11:53

Jane Eyre live on the big screen at Nouveau cinemas

Nothing beats live theatre in the comfort of a cinema and with the NT Live screening of Jane Eyre from 23 January, theatre lovers are in for an ultimate treat.

By Daniel Dercksen 21 Jan 2016 09:16

A heart-wrenching story of survival, transformation and ultimate redemption

Last year Alejandro G Iñárritu blew our minds with Birdman. Your heart will bleed watching his latest master work, The Revenant, a spiritual odyssey into humanity and a man's soul, and a brutal story of survival that will drain everything out of you emotionally.

By Daniel Dercksen 19 Jan 2016 14:56

Magical Winter's Tale live on the big screen

Nothing beats watching live theatre in the comfort of a cinema, and with the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company launching its live theatre screenings at Cinema Nouveau on 16 January with Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, theatre lovers are in for a real treat...

By Daniel Dercksen 15 Jan 2016 11:03

A pawpaw has never been this delicious!

Family. You want to live without them, but can't survive without them. That's the essence of Koos Roets' quirky satire 'n Paw Paw Vir My Darling, which takes us on a humorous and heartfelt journey into the hearts and souls of a needy Afrikaner family living in the fictional Damnville in 2003.

By Daniel Dercksen 12 Jan 2016 09:27

Joy offers ultimate joyfulness

As with emotion, Joy the film is full of outstanding surprises where an optimistic dream turns into a heated war zone where self-expression, individualism in a tightly-knit family, and the empowerment of identity and ownership clash head on.

By Daniel Dercksen 8 Jan 2016 09:49

The Good Dinosaur rules

Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs with The Good Dinosaur in which an apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend named Spot.

By Daniel Dercksen 7 Jan 2016 09:17

Top 10 big screen romances of 2015

Love made the world spin round on the Big Screen in 2015. Here are 10 films that stole my heart and a must see for hopeless romantics!

By Daniel Dercksen 5 Jan 2016 09:30

The top-five South African films of 2015

Daniel Dercksen chooses his top-five local films of 2015.

By Daniel Dercksen 15 Dec 2015 10:53

A very merry Xmas film for the whole family

The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future rear their heads as four generations of the Cooper clan gather under the same roof to celebrate an ultimate Christmas in the endearing Love The Coopers.

By Daniel Dercksen 8 Dec 2015 12:18

War of the drones

War becomes a deadly video game in the powerful Good Kill, except that the targets are not pixels, but flesh and blood.

By Daniel Dercksen 3 Dec 2015 09:15

A multi-sensory art experience comes to Cape Town

If you are looking for a new experience that is fresh and invigorating, collab.studio brings a truly unique, one-of-its-kind, art installation to Cape Town on 3 December...

By Daniel Dercksen 2 Dec 2015 10:01

A story of love, war and remembrance

A searing journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again, Testamant of Youth is a film about young love, the futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times.

By Daniel Dercksen 27 Nov 2015 09:44

Jump on the Bond-wagon for mindless entertainment

Watching Spectre, the 24th Bond film, I could not help thinking about a quote from William Friedkin's Boys In The Band, where a gay man admires a striking young stud and says: "How can his beauty ever compare with my soul?''

By Daniel Dercksen 25 Nov 2015 09:16

The ultimate power of hope

With the not-to-be-missed and life-affirming He Named Me Malala, acclaimed Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim brings us a profoundly moving and intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai...

By Daniel Dercksen 20 Nov 2015 09:32

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