There are two local films opening this week: the charming coming of age story Die Stropers (The Harvesters) and the surfing romance Deep End. Also releasing are the heart-warming wrestling-comedy Fighting With My Family and the animated adventure Wonder Park.
Die Stropers (The Harvesters)
In the isolated conservative farming territory of an Afrikaans white ethnic minority culture obsessed with strength and masculinity, Janno (Brent Vermeulen) is different, secretive, emotionally frail. One day his mother, fiercely religious, brings home Pieter (Alex van Dyk), a hardened street orphan she wants to save and asks Janno to make this stranger into his brother. The two boys start a fight for power, heritage and parental love. Written and directed by Etienne Kallos, a Greek-South African director.
From the moment Janno steps into the frame of Die Stropers (The Harvesters), we enter his world, a cattle farm in the rural Free State, where he herds cattle and lives in the shadow of a conservative Afrikaner upbringing, ruled by religion and governed by family...
Set on the intoxicating shorelines of Durban’s Golden Mile, bringing one of the world’s most popular surfing sites to glorious life, this surfing-romance centres around a young woman’s (Carishma Basday) struggle for self-expression in a society that supports conformity and has to break free from convention to pursue her passion of surfing and undertake a conflicting journey of self-discovery even if it means defying her father’s wishes.
A heart-warming comedy based on the incredible true story of WWE Superstar Paige.
Born into a tight-knit British wrestling family, Paige and her brother Zak are ecstatic when they get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out for WWE. But when only Paige earns a spot in the competitive training programme, she must leave her family and face this new, cutthroat world alone. Paige’s journey pushes her to dig deep, fight for her family, and ultimately prove to the world that what makes her different is the very thing that can make her a star.
The film brings together the unique talents of producer/actor Dwayne Johnson and director/writer/producer Stephen Merchant, who celebrate a young woman’s talent, drive and tenacity as she defies the odds to climb to the top of her profession.
Interweaving a true-life drama with comedy and heart, the filmmakers explore the triumph of an indefatigable spirit who finds unlimited joy in what she does.
A young imaginative girl named June spent her childhood days constructing an amusement park filled with fantastical rides and inhabited by talking animals called Wonderland with her mother and her friends. After growing up, she lost her sense of imagination and wonder, until she finds the real Wonderland in the woods. She needs to team up with the animals to stop the destruction of Wonderland by Chimpanzombies and bring it back to life.
American-Spanish computer animated adventure-comedy film produced by Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies with Ilion Animation Studios handling animation.
Directed by David Feiss. Screenplay by Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec.
As a freelance film and theatre journalist for more than 30 years, published playwright and creator of the independent training initiative The Writing Studio, Daniel Dercksen received the number one spot for most popular lifestyle contributor for 2012, 2014 and 2015, and 2nd spot in 2016 on Bizcommunity.com.
LEGAL DISCLAIMER: This Message Board accepts no liability of legal consequences that arise from the Message Boards (e.g. defamation, slander, or other such crimes). All posted messages are the sole property of their respective authors. The maintainer does retain the right to remove any message posts for whatever reasons. People that post messages to this forum are not to libel/slander nor in any other way depict a company, entity, individual(s), or service in a false light; should they do so, the legal consequences are theirs alone. Bizcommunity.com will disclose authors' IP addresses to authorities if compelled to do so by a court of law.