Saturday, April 29, 2017

South African Film 'Inxeba' (The Wound) Hits The Big Screen In France

Since its successful world premiere at The Sundance Film Festival and its European premiere as the opening film on the Panorama programme at the 67th Berlinale in Germany, South African Film 'Inxeba' (The Wound) released in theatres in France.

This is a film about the clash between tradition and modernity. This is the first feature film from writer-director John Trengrove, co-written by Thando Mgqolozana and Malusi Bengu.

It was released in 41 screens in France.

The film stars Nakhane Toure as Xolani, a lonely factory worker, who joins men of his community in the mountains of the Eastern Cape to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens In Ster-Kinekor’s IMAX Cinema For An Inter-Galactic Experience

Opening on 16th December 2016 you don’t have long to wait.

This is the 7th instalment of the Star Wars Saga.
Ster-Kinekor has revealed that advanced bookings have reached epic proportions.  To date more than 34 500 tickets have already been purchased.  Of these pre-sales more than half the tickets –  18 300 (as at 9 Dec) are for the IMAX 3D experience which offers the most immersive experience.

There are 6 IMAX theatres across South Africa.  Gateway in Durban, The Grove in Pretoria, CapeGate in Cape Town, Baywest Mall in PE, Cradlestone Mall in Krugersdorp and the new IMAX at Eastgate in Johannesburg.

This time round Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you to a galaxy far, far away.

Boasting an all-star cast including Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyongo’o, Andy Serkis, Max Von Sydow and many more.

For more info and to book tickets visit

You can also download the Ster-Kinekor App.

Or call 0861 668 437 to book tickets.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Books at Berlinale - Turn your book into a film - deadline 19 November 2015

Books at Berlinale: Call for Book Submissions – Deadline 19 November 2015

Looking to get your book made into a film? Then this might be for you.

10 books will be selected during the ‘Books at Berlinale’ networking event in February.  These pre-selected novels will be pitched to an audience of around 120 internationally established producers.  The presentation is followed by a networking event where contacts with producers can be established.

The 10 selected books will also be published in the ‘Books at Berlinale’ catalogue which will be handed out to attending producers.

You should be the film rights holder of the novel. Your book proposal should be a best-selling or brand new yet to be published novel with great potential for screen adaptation.  An English translation should exist to be handed out to interested producers.

Most producers work in the independent arthouse sector.  Your book should be suitable for this sector.

For more info email:

Article by Fred Felton

Twitter @fredfelton 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Record Opening Days of Pre-Ticket Sales at Ster-Kinekor for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Ster-Kinekor Experiences Record Opening Days of Pre-Ticket Sales for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Bookings opened on Monday, 19 October and a record number of 2299 tickets were snapped up on the first day.  This is the highest number of tickets sold on the first day of bookings’ opening in Ster-Kinekor’s recorded history.  Of this total 1387 were booked for the IMAX 3D.  The previous record for the first day of booking was held by Fifty Shades of Grey earlier this year.
From Monday to Thursday last week the figure increased to 8678 pre-tickets sold.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens nationwide on 16 December in South Africa.

Article by Fred Felton

Twitter @fredfelton 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Interview with Fulu Mugovhani

Meet one of the lead actors from Ayanda. 

Fulu Mugovhani - Picture by Fred Felton

How did you get into acting?
I studied first and then got a part in ‘The Lion King’ which took me to Hong Kong.  It was a great experience to be in the theatre.  I came back to SA and TV opportunities came up.  I had a part in Scandal and that taught me a lot.  It’s a different genre.  You learn different ways of acting.  You have to believe in the story. It taught me a lot.

How did you get the role in Ayanda?
Nthathi called me, she suggested me.  Sara Blecher saw me.  She allowed me the process.  We had to rehearse and workshop.  Ayanda is almost in every frame.  I had to tell her story.

What was it like to act with Kenneth Nkosi?
It was unbelievable to work with Kenneth.

Are you a method actor?
I’m not a method actor.  I work on imagination.  It’s through imagination.  I had to imagine Ayanda’s father has passed away.

What do you think of the Durban International Film Festival?
This is my second DIFF.  I’m also part of the Leading Lady Lounge as well.

What’s next for you?
I’m looking at Hollywood and also Broadway.

What’s your advice for the youngsters out there who want to become Actors?
Say it but live it.  You have to work hard.  Believe in yourself.  You need to reassure yourself.  Not everyone has the opportunity to study.  You must make sure that you are in it for the right reasons.

For more info on Ayanda and all of the other films that showed at DIFF visit

Interview by Fred Felton

Twitter @fredfelton

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Durban International Film Festival Award Winners 2015

All The Winners

The international jury this year was led by former Manager of the DIFF and current Director of the Sydney Film Festival, Nashen Moodley and included prolific and award-winning South African filmmaker Robbie Thorpe, South African producer of numerous award-winning films who sits on the advisory panel for NFVF, Moroba Nkawe and award-winning Nigerian filmmaker, Newton Aduaka.
The South African feature film jury consisted of film-makers Lizelle Bischoff, Thandeka Zwana and Jenna Cato Bass while the documentary jurors were film-makers Annalet Steenkamp and Sylvia Vollenhoven and the short film jurors were film-makers Darryl Els, Zandi Tisani and Terrence Dalisu Ngobese.

Best Feature Film - Sunrise directed by Partho Sen-Gupta. 

Best South African Feature Film - Necktie Youth directed by Sibs Shongwe-La Mer, 

Best Direction - Shongwe La-Mer for Necktie Youth

Best Documentary and Best SA Documentary - Beats of the Antonov directed by Hajooj Kuka and The Dream of the Shahrazad directed by Francois Verster, respectively. 

Best Actor - Didier Michon for his performance in Fevers directed by Hicham Ayouch 

Best Actress -  Anissa Daoud for Tunisian Spring directed by Raja Amari.
Best African Short Film award went to The Aftermath of the Inauguration of the Public Toilet at Kilometre 375 directed by Omar el Zohairy. 
Best South African Short Film - Unomalanga and The Witch 
Production Merit Award, - Rights of Passage 
Best Screenplay Award - Sabrina Compeyron and David Constantin for Sugar Cane Shadows directed by David Constantin.

Jean-Marc Ferriere, took the honours for Best Cinematography “for creating a distinctive, atmospheric, highly-crafted and visually dynamic world depicted almost entirely in the dark”, inSunrise directed by Partho Sen-Gupta.
Special Mention for Direction was made of Kivu Ruhorahoza for Things Of The Aimless Wanderer, “for a courageous and single-minded attempt by a director harnessing all means at his disposal to tell a personal, intricate and political story.”
Special Mention for Best Film was given to Tunisian Spring by Raja Amari, “for it’s powerful depiction of an event that has, and continues to have, resonance in the world.”
Democrats directed by Camilla Nielssongot a Special Mention for a Documentary, which is “commended for putting a human face on a story that is complex and sometimes almost opaque.”
The Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award for the film that best reflects human rights issues which comes with a cash prize of R10 000 donated by the Artists for the Human Rights Trust went to The Shore Break, directed by Ryley Grunenwald. The jury citation reads “The film powerfully portrays a struggle within a local community regarding foreign mining rights in a pristine environment…(and) concisely and movingly uncovers this complex and urgent matter, which is still under investigation and in need of public support.”
A further Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Honorary Award was given to The Look of Silence directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, a film that “bravely uncovers the genocide in Indonesia in the 1960’s.”
The jurors for these awards were Nonhlanhla Mkhize, Betty Rawheath, Professor Lindy Stiebel and Coral Vinsen, convener of the jury panel.
Arterial Network’s Artwatch Africa Award, for an African film that meaningfully engages with the issues of freedom of expression, went to Beats of the Antonov, directed by Hajooj Kuka, who was presented a cash prize of R15 000. The jury citation said  “This compelling film shows how the power of music, dancing and culture sustains the displaced people living in the remote war-ravaged areas of Southern Sudan.”
The Jury included Junaid Ahmed, Gcina Mhlophe, René Alicia Smith, and Peter Rorvik.
The DIFF Audience Award went to The Shore Break directed by Ryley Grunenwald.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Restless Pitch at DIFF 2015

Restless Talent Management to Reprise The Restless Pitch at DIFF 2015
Restless Talent Management, the first global management company to focus on African talent, will be hosting its Restless Pitch event for the second time at this year’s 6th edition of the Durban FilmMart (DFM), a Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) and the Durban Film Office (DFO) developmental initiative for African filmmakers which is funded by the City of Durban. Since its inaugural edition at DFM 2014, The Restless Pitch has been held successfully around the world (Film Africa London, Zimbabwe International Film Festival, AFRIFF, New York Africa Film Festival, Nollywood Week Paris), providing African filmmakers with the opportunity to put their best projects forward.
The Restless Pitch will take place Monday July 20st from 2pm to 4pm at Southern Sun Elangeni hotel, the festival precinct for both the DFM and DIFF. As a new feature for DFM 2015, Restless Talent Management will also be hosting a “How To Pitch” workshop on Friday July 17 from 2pm to 3pm as a lead up to The Restless Pitch on Monday.
Candidates will be randomly selected among the filmmakers willing to pitch, and each will have 3 minutes to present their best idea for a feature film or TV show in front of a panel of experts that will include Restless Talent Management’s Tendeka Matatu and Thandeka Zwana, Producer of DIFF’s opening film AYANDA Terry Pheto, Award-winning Nigerian actor and lead in AYANDA OC Ukeje, Head of Production and Development at the National Film and Video Foundation Vuyo Sokupa, Head of International Acquisitions at XYZ Films Todd Brown, Award-winning producer Elias Ribeiro, Acquisitions Content Coordinator at MNet Mbalenhle Ntuli and Berlinale Festival Programmer Dorothee Wenner.
The filmmaker with the most promising, interesting and ultimately best idea put forward will win a one-on-one coaching session with Restless Talent Management at DFM, potentially leading to a representation deal for his or her project.  
“Since its inception at DFM 2014, The Restless Pitch has become the leading platform for African filmmakers to engage with industry influencers. Over the past year we have successfully hosted the pitch at a number of established festivals around the world. We are excited to be back at DFM and look forward to hosting a lively and rewarding event” says Tendeka Matatu, co-founder and CCO of Restless Global.
The 6th DFM is set to take place on 17 – 20 July 2015 at Durban’s Elangeni Tsogo Sun Hotel, alongside the Durban International Film Festival which is set for 16 – 26 July.