13 Mar 2012



Nominations and commendations

We have an eclectic mix of movie reviews by Daniel Dercksen and Eugene Yiga; from silent movie masterpieces to demonic possession thrillers, both Dercksen and Yiga let us know for which films we should and shouldn't be buying popcorn.

In music news, Sindy Peters interviews Jason Cederwall, organiser of the beautifully executed 5 Gum Two Door Cinema Club event; Justin Williams interviews local glitch hop duo Jam Jarr, and I get the low-down on Durban pop band Fire Through The Window.

Daniel Dercksen and Debbie Hathway take a look at things theatrical; Dercksen falls in love with the Coward and Cole cabaret at the Kalk Bay Theatre, while Hathway is blown away by the talent at the Cape Town International Ballet Competition in the Mother City.

Our motoring editor Henrie Geyser reviews the new Captiva, and discusses how to be a better driver, while travel editor Brian Berkman takes a creative wine safari, and Theresa Szejwallo enjoys a 10-day Imperial Europe tour.

Lastly, congratulations to all the SAMA 18 nominees announced late last week. Best of luck to you all!

Ruth Cooper, production manager

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Diesel smoothy added to Captiva menu
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] Chevrolet's big bear-hug Captiva range has now been boosted with the addition of a smooth and quiet diesel model which has all the potential of becoming even more popular than any of its four petrol-powered siblings. Read more >>


Imperial Europe: A magical place of kings and castles, concertos and culture
[Theresa Szejwallo] There's so much to see and do in Europe - but for sheer history, culture and off-the-beaten-track discovery, there's nothing like the central and Eastern parts of this fascinating continent. Read more >>

Take a creative wine safari
[Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel] With the burgeoning of new South African wine estates, in recent years, the job to differentiate one label from the next has become increasingly difficult. So... Read more >>


It's not below it's inside
[Daniel Dercksen] The Devil Inside is a shocking exploitation of demonic possession, using the trendy hand-held camera technique to validate its authenticity and re-enforce its savage realism. Read more >>

The Artist speaks volumes
[Eugene Yiga] Everybody loves an underdog. The Artist, a black-and-white silent movie with a budget of only USD15 million and filmed in just five weeks, is as big an underdog as they come. But that didn't stop it from winning five Oscars, including Best Achievement in Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Best Achievement in Directing, and Best Picture. So, does it deserve all the fuss? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! Read more >>


Two Door Cinema Club tick off Africa
[Sindy Peters] Staring out the window of a double-decker bus, we drove along the streets of Nyanga/Philipi, a bus-load of middle-class Capetonians eager to get a gander at the secret venue. We could have peeped at our Twitter feeds to see what the early birds were saying, but the surprise turned out to be well worth the wait: Two Door Cinema Club was to entertain us at a rundown industrial site on the skirts of a township. Read more >>

Zahara, Mi Casa, and Zakwe head SAMA18 nominees
The 2012 MTN South African Music Awards nominees were announced at a press conference this morning at the Turbine Hall, Newtown, Joburg. The SAMA Awards are to be held on Sunday, 29 April and Monday, 30 April at the Sun City Resort. Read more >>

Long live FTTW
[Ruth Cooper] Happy-go-lucky Durban-based pop band Fire Through The Window are officially releasing first part of their two part EP, "Live Long" on 30 March. We chat to vocalist/guitarist Marc de la Querra about their imminent new release, Star Trek and Bonobo chimps. Read more >>


Get a kick out of Coward and Cole
[Daniel Dercksen] "Birds do it, bees do it," and even lazy Capetonians can do it, and fall hopelessly in love with the enchanting must-see Coward and Cole cabaret now playing at the Kalk Bay Theatre until 24 March. Read more >>

Ballet as we like it
[Debbie Hathway] When tremendous feats are performed, onlookers want to know one thing: How did they do it? On the international dance stage and, more specifically, last week at the six-day Cape Town International Ballet Competition in the Mother City, dance aficionados wanted to know two things: How did they do it and how were they scored by the panel of international dance luminaries? Read more >>

NYF: Geoffrey Mason to receive Lifetime Achievement Award
NEW YORK, US: New York Festivals® International Television & Film Awards, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Geoffrey Mason was announced as the keynote speaker for the 2012 NAB Show "Creative Master Series." Read more >>

The 2012 MTV Movie Awards celebrate movies, music
LOS ANGELES, US: : Fans will fall in love with their favourite movies from the past year all over again and get a first-look at films to come when MTV returns to the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, Los Angeles, California on 3 June 2012 for the 2012 MTV Movie Awards. The 21st annual award show will premiere on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) on Monday 4 June at 21:00 CAT. Read more >>

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Backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2012


Plans for more tolls shelved
Plans for new toll roads around Cape Town, in KwaZulu-Natal, and Gauteng are set to be shelved, City Press reported yesterday, Sunday 11 March. Read more >>

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