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An Oscar for My Octopus Teacher is a boost for South African film. But ...
An Oscar for My Octopus Teacher is a boost for South African film. But ...Article

The Best Documentary Feature gong for My Octopus Teacher at this year's Academy Awards has been seen by many critics as the type of underdog story Oscar loves. The film, directed by Pippa Erlich and James Reed, was - like the other South African-themed documentary to wow the Oscars, Searching for Sugarman - the feel-good choice.

Liani Maasdorp and Ian-Malcolm Rijsdijk 30 Apr 2021

Q&A with SA director Michael Matthews on Oscar-nominated film Love and Monsters
Q&A with SA director Michael Matthews on Oscar-nominated film Love and MonstersArticle

South African film director Michael Matthews has garnered an Oscar nomination for the Hollywood film Love and Monsters, a mind-blowing apocalyptic adventure that has been described as 'one of the best surprises of 2020'. The film was nominated for Best Visual Effects at the 93rd Academy Awards, which was held in Los Angeles on 25 April 2021.

Daniel Dercksen 28 Apr 2021

And the Oscars makes 3
And the Oscars makes 3Article

On 25 April, My Octopus Teacher won an Oscar at the 93rd Academy Awards in the Documentary Features category...

Issued by Greatstock 28 Apr 2021

All the 2021 Oscar winners!
All the 2021 Oscar winners!Article

The 93rd Academy Awards were hosted at Los Angeles' Union Station and the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on the 25 April 2021...

26 Apr 2021

My Octopus Teacher wins Oscar for Best Documentary
My Octopus Teacher wins Oscar for Best DocumentaryArticle

South African film My Octopus Teacher has won Best Documentary Film at the 93rd Academy Awards, hosted in Los Angeles on 25 April 2021.

26 Apr 2021

3 Afda 2020 graduation films in race for the Oscar
3 Afda 2020 graduation films in race for the OscarArticle

Afda has announced the selection of three 2020 graduation films to compete for the most prestigious award on the motion picture calendar - The Student Academy Awards (Oscars)...

Issued by AFDA 23 Apr 2021

SA film My Octopus Teacher wins Best Documentary at the 2021 Baftas
SA film My Octopus Teacher wins Best Documentary at the 2021 BaftasArticle

The critically acclaimed South African documentary, My Octopus Teacher won in the Best Documentary category at the British Academy Film Awards held in London, last night, 11 April 2021...

12 Apr 2021

Afda alumnus and colourist Kyle Stroebel on Oscar nomination for My Octopus Teacher
Afda alumnus and colourist Kyle Stroebel on Oscar nomination for My Octopus TeacherArticle

Afda alumnus and accomplished South African colourist Kyle Stroebel's recent work on the picturesque documentary My Octopus Teacher received national and international praise...

Jasmine Walters, Issued by AFDA 19 Mar 2021

South African documentary My Octopus Teacher nominated for an Oscar
South African documentary My Octopus Teacher nominated for an OscarArticle

The internationally acclaimed South African documentary My Octopus Teacher, directed by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed, has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary Feature category...

17 Mar 2021

All the 2021 Oscar nominations
All the 2021 Oscar nominationsArticle

The nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards were announced by Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas live from London...

16 Mar 2021

All the 2021 Golden Globe nominations
All the 2021 Golden Globe nominationsArticle

Sarah Jessica Parker and Taraji P Henson announced the nominations for the 2021 Golden Globes - as selected by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association...

4 Feb 2021

7 local highlights now on Showmax: From Moffie to 4 Africa Movie Academy Award-winners from SA
7 local highlights now on Showmax: From Moffie to 4 Africa Movie Academy Award-winners from SAArticle

These are the seven local highlights currently streaming on Showmax: Moffie, Fiela Se Kind, Lebo M - Coming Home, The Letter Reader, Knuckle City, The Ghost and The House of Truth...

Issued by Showmax 7 Jan 2021

Top films and series of 2020
Top films and series of 2020Article

2020 earmarked the year that saw the collapse of cinemas internationally, the rise of a digital age where films were streamed virtually, and the rebirth of independent filmmaking. It also marked the year of some great films. Here are noteworthy films, streamings and series of 2020...

Daniel Dercksen 30 Dec 2020

African films and series that made waves internationally in 2020
African films and series that made waves internationally in 2020Article

Zog, The Snail and the Whale, Rafiki, Moffie, Buddha in Africa, Yvonne Orji: Momma, I Made It and more...

Issued by Showmax 15 Dec 2020

Toorbos selected as South Africa's 2021 Oscar entry
Toorbos selected as South Africa's 2021 Oscar entryArticle

The adaptation of Dalene Matthee's best-selling novel Toorbos has been selected as South Africa's entry for the Best International Feature Film Award at the 2021 Academy Awards. Directed by René van Rooyen, the film is currently on circuit in South African cinemas...

17 Nov 2020

Afda honours film wins 2 awards at Jozi Film Festival 2020
Afda honours film wins 2 awards at Jozi Film Festival 2020Article

Over the years, the festival has attracted broad critical acclaim, both locally and internationally...

Earle Holmes, Issued by AFDA 23 Sep 2020

5 award-winning films you can catch on the Labia Theatre's new streaming service
5 award-winning films you can catch on the Labia Theatre's new streaming serviceArticle

The Labia Theatre in Cape Town has launched a pay-per-view video-on-demand service - which will stream high-quality, award-winning Labia-curated films, documentaries as well as host virtual film festivals and film-related events...

2 Jul 2020

Travel Africa with 26 iconic movies on Showmax this Africa Month
Travel Africa with 26 iconic movies on Showmax this Africa MonthArticle

The borders are closed, but that doesn't mean you can't explore your continent this Africa Day, thanks to this starter guide to classic African films on Showmax...

Issued by Showmax 27 May 2020

Afda animation film Hadeda making a racket abroad
Afda animation film Hadeda making a racket abroadArticle

The 2019 third year Afda Johannesburg graduation animation film, Hadeda, directed by Nuha Suliman, has been selected as a semi-finalist at the Lagos International Festival of Animation, Lifanima, in Nigeria...

Earle Holmes, Issued by AFDA 21 May 2020

Afda student films in race for the Oscars
Afda student films in race for the OscarsArticle

Three Afda 2019 graduation films selected as candidates to compete for the most prestigious awards on the motion picture calendar - The Student Academy Awards (Oscars)...

Earle Holmes, Issued by AFDA 21 Apr 2020

The 5 best local hits to stream now
The 5 best local hits to stream nowArticle

These are the five local hits to stream on Showmax now...

Issued by Showmax 15 Apr 2020

Everything on Showmax in March
Everything on Showmax in MarchArticle

Everything is awesome on Showmax this March (Yes! The Lego Movie 2 is coming!)...

Issued by Showmax 11 Mar 2020

Is the dress green or red? Planet-friendly couture won't be for everyone but it can lead the way
Is the dress green or red? Planet-friendly couture won't be for everyone but it can lead the wayArticle

Jane Fonda hit the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony in a beaded red dress by Elie Saab - a gown she had previously worn at Cannes....

Mark Liu 14 Feb 2020

Afda alumni win Jury Award at Sundance Film Festival
Afda alumni win Jury Award at Sundance Film FestivalArticle

Afda alumni won the Special Jury Award for Visionary Filmmaking in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition category at the Sundance Festival 2020...

Earle Holmes, Issued by AFDA 12 Feb 2020

All the winners of the 2020 Oscars
All the winners of the 2020 OscarsArticle

The 92nd Academy Awards was held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States...

10 Feb 2020

Image source: Gallo/Getty Images.
What is happening in 2020?Article

A new year. A new decade. And as with every new year, everyone wants to know what 2020 is going to hold in store for us in our world of media and advertising...

Richard Lord 5 Feb 2020

#FairnessFirst: Renewed call for #TimesUp in the entertainment media industry
#FairnessFirst: Renewed call for #TimesUp in the entertainment media industryArticle

Annual film award season is in full swing, swiftly tailed by the annual hashtags signifying lack of industry diversity. This year, in addition to #OscarsSoWhite there's been a focus on #DirectorsSoMale and renewed call to stand with the #TimesUp movement...

Leigh Andrews 17 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: The rising role of women in real estate - 2020 and beyond
#BizTrends2020: The rising role of women in real estate - 2020 and beyondArticle

According to a recent Time magazine article, women are 'on the brink of a massive power shift...

Yael Geffen 3 Jan 2020

#OnTheBigScreen: Frozen 2,  Pain and Glory and Last Christmas
#OnTheBigScreen: Frozen 2, Pain and Glory and Last ChristmasArticle

Films opening at South African cinemas, this week, include Frozen 2, Pain and Glory, Last Christmas and Haunt...

Daniel Dercksen 6 Dec 2019

What to watch at the 6th European Film Fest
What to watch at the 6th European Film FestArticle

The sixth annual European Film Festival will be held at Cinema Nouveau theatres in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town from 29 November to 8 December 2019...

Daniel Dercksen 28 Nov 2019

The 6 best South African shows, movies on Showmax this October
The 6 best South African shows, movies on Showmax this OctoberArticle

Trackers, Dominee Tienie, Someone to Blame, Axis Mundi, Zog, Ellen and more...

28 Oct 2019

Showmax.
Showmax launches in NigeriaArticle

Showmax has launched a new video on demand service in Nigeria...

24 Jul 2019

The Lion King roars to life on the big screen in a whole new way
The Lion King roars to life on the big screen in a whole new wayArticle

The live-action release of The Lion King promises to be one of the most spectacular highlights of 2019..

Daniel Dercksen 15 Jul 2019

Spotlight on the 5050 by 2020 initiative and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka's insights at the Women Deliver conference.
#FairnessFirst: Are we on track for 50/50 by 2020?Article

With gender equality more under the spotlight last year than ever before, many in the marketing and entertainment industry pledged '50/50 by 2020'. With just six months to go before 2020 is a reality and no longer a mythical spot in the future, are those goals on track? Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, head of UN Women, shared insights at the recent Women Deliver conference...

Leigh Andrews 5 Jul 2019

Rafiki director Wanuri Kahiu talks intimate scenes and LGBTQ+ rights
Rafiki director Wanuri Kahiu talks intimate scenes and LGBTQ+ rightsArticle

Writer-director Wanuri Kahiu is part of the new generation of African storytellers whose second feature film Rafiki took six years to reach the big screen...

Daniel Dercksen 3 Jul 2019

Filmmaker Karen van Schalkwyk chats The Adventures Of Supermama
Filmmaker Karen van Schalkwyk chats The Adventures Of SupermamaArticle

Daniel Dercksen chats to filmmaker Karen van Schalkwyk about new film; The Adventures Of Supermama...

Daniel Dercksen 13 Jun 2019

International smash hit Stomp returns to South Africa
International smash hit Stomp returns to South AfricaArticle

Percussion group Stomp will be showing at Montecasino's Teatro in Johannesburg from 13 August to 8 September 2019 and Artscape in Cape Town from 11 September to 22 September 2019...

3 Apr 2019

3 AFDA films selected as candidates for the student Oscars
3 AFDA films selected as candidates for the student OscarsArticle

AFDA has announced the selection of three AFDA 2018 graduation films as candidates for the Student Academy Awards 2019...

Issued by AFDA 29 Mar 2019

Kenyan filmmaker, Wanuri Kahiu, on the set of her film, Rafiki.
#DesignIndaba2019: We need to believe in African mermaidsArticle

It is important to tell the joyful African stories, not just those of pain and suffering...

Louise Marsland 4 Mar 2019

The Hot 91.9FM Radio Academy Awards
The Hot 91.9FM Radio Academy AwardsArticle

The Hot 91.9FM Radio Training Academy Awards for 2018 were held in November last year and saw another 70 students graduate into the business of radio...

Issued by Hot 91.9FM 1 Mar 2019

Sew the Winter to My Skin, SA's official entry to the 91st Oscars
Sew the Winter to My Skin, SA's official entry to the 91st OscarsArticle

South Africa's official entry to the 91st Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language category, is the acclaimed Sew the Winter to my Skin by filmmaker Jahmil X.T. Qubeka...

19 Nov 2018

Call for programme to assist young designers
Call for programme to assist young designersArticle

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has called for the establishment of an innovative educational program to help young designers from BRICS countries...

31 Oct 2018

11 horrors to stream on Showmax
11 horrors to stream on ShowmaxArticle

If you love shows that give you shivers down the spine, these are the perfect series and movies to get you into the Halloween spirit...

Issued by Showmax 30 Oct 2018

Wanuri Kahiu | © .
#DesignIndaba2019: Wanuri Kahiu announced as speakerArticle

Renowned filmmaker and author Wanuri Kahiu has been announced as one of the speakers at the 2019 Design Indaba...

Juanita Pienaar 13 Aug 2018

AFDA films selected as candidates for Student Oscars
AFDA films selected as candidates for Student OscarsArticle

Three AFDA 2017 graduate films have been nominated for the 45th Student Academy Awards...

Issued by AFDA 29 Jun 2018

Don Edkins, South African documentary filmmaker, producer and founder of Steps.
Academy invites well-known African filmmakers to become membersArticle

South African documentary filmmaker and producer, Don Edkins, who is also the founder of Steps, is one of the Africans that were invited this week to become members of the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organisation that votes on the Academy Awards...

28 Jun 2018

11 rare African movies you need to watch
11 rare African movies you need to watchArticle

Africa Month may be ending, but Showmax has just released a collection of 11 classic African movies that are worth celebrating year-round, having been praised everywhere from Cannes to Ouagadougou, Sundance to Toronto...

Issued by Showmax 1 Jun 2018

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