Friday, August 29, 2014

Some call him 'Special' some call him 'Square' either way Ster-Kinekor is bringing him back - Also news for Durban Film Crew

Look Out For Special Screenings Of 'The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie' at select Ster-Kinekor.

Get ready for ice-cream hangovers and pie-fights as you follow SpongeBob and Patrick’s exciting adventures. The exclusive screenings take place for select shows daily at 17 Ster-Kinekor cinemas: Sandton, The Zone, Southgate, Eastgate, Cedar Square and Carnival City in Johannesburg; Irene, Kolonnade and Brooklyn in Pretoria; Waterfall Mall in Rustenburg; Gateway and Musgrave in Durban; Capegate, N1 City, Cavendish and Somerset in Cape Town; and Northcape in Kimberley, from 29 August for a limited period. For screening details, and to book tickets for The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie at your nearest cinema, visit the website at or download the SK App on your smart phone.

Look out for the second film in the franchise: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water due out in February 2015.

(Source - Ster-Kinekor) 

Durban Film Office Asking for Durban Film Crew To Add Themselves To Their Database

If you are in the film business add yourself to the Durban Film Office Database.  Who knows you might become the next Steven Spielberg.

This edition by +Fred Felton 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Coming Soon - Lovelace - Cinema Nouveau 29 August South Africa

Cinema Nouveau will be releasing 'Lovelace' on Friday 29 August

This is part of their Erotic Art-House Fest which includes some wonderful films.

Back to 'Lovelace' this film is based on the autobiography 'Ordeal' by Lovelace.  The film tells the story of adult actress Linda Lovelace and the dark side of her experiences in the wake of the 1972 success of
'Deep Throat.'

Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and Written by Andy Bellin.
The star studded cast includes Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace, Peter Sarsgaard as her abusive husband.  Hank Azaria, Sharon Stone, James Franco and Adam Brody.

Article by +Fred Felton

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Girlfriends Getaway Coming Up From Ster-Kinekor

Ladies have a treat in store for them courtesy of Ster-Kinekor.
There is another Girlfriends Getaway Wed 20 August at 7pm.

Tammy - Image courtesy Ster-Kinekor

The featured movie is the fun-filled 'Tammy' starring Melissa McCarthy.

Featured cinemas include:
Cape Gate | Cavendish | Blue Route | Tyger Valley| Somerset | Garden Route

The Bridge – Port Elizabeth

The Zone | Sandton | Cresta | Northgate | Cradlestone | Greenstone | Eastgate | Irene | Brooklyn | The Grove


Secunda Mall – Secunda

Look out for lucky draws, hampers and goodie bags. 
To book your ticket visit or call 0861-668-437 or you can book at the box office

In other news look out for the new Ster-Kinekor which opened at Forest Hill Mall in Centurion.
It features state of the art design and all the latest tech.

Ster-Kinekor has also lined up some wonderful movies in honour of Women's Month.
Look out for the following movies: 
  • Chef (showing now)
  • Jersey Boys (15 August)
  • Between Friends (15 August)
  • Sex Tape (22 August) 
  • The Hundred Foot Journey (22 August)
  • Tammy (29 August) 

This Edition by +Fred Felton 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Film Review - Guardians Of The Galaxy

Film: Guardians Of The Galaxy
Cast: Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel.
Director: James Gunn

This is a real fantasy adventure.  Another in the huge line of Marvel movies.  You can find a link from this movie to The Avengers and there is word that these 2 franchises might just collide in the future.

So we join Star Lord (Chris Pratt) a human type who was abducted from Earth a long time ago.  He likes to 'acquire' things for the highest price.  We join him as he is after a valuable orb.  He has no idea just how valuable and powerful the orb is.

He forms a fragile alliance with Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Drax (WWE's Dave Bautista), Groot (Vin Diesel) and  Gamora (Zoe Saldana).

They somehow band together as they try to avoid the scary Ronan the Accusor (Lee Pace).

Look out for some great action sequences.  There is a wonderful supporting cast as well which includes
Glen Close, Josh Brolin.  You get a bonus point if you can spot Stan Lee in the movie.

If you love Star Wars and Star Trek then this is your kind of movie.

Make sure you stay till after the credits for a bonus scene.

Best viewed in IMAX 3D.

Rating 8/10

Review by +Fred Felton

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Special Screenings of 'Miners Shot Down'

There will be special screenings of the documentary 'Miners Shot Down' in South Africa.

In commemoration of the 2nd anniversary of the Marikana Massacre on 16th August Cinema Nouveau will be showing this documentary for 2 shows only.

Saturday 16 August at 17h00 and 20h00 at the following venues:

  • Cinema Nouveau Rosebank Mall (Jhb) 
  • Brooklyn Mall (PTA) 
  • Gateway (DBN) and
  • V&A Waterfront (CPT)

This documentary won the Best South African Documentary and Amnesty International Human Rights Awards at the recent Durban International Film Festival (2014)

Article by Fred Felton
(Twitter @fredfelton)
Image - Supplied

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Film Reviews and Funding for South African Filmmakers

Film Reviews

The Immigrant
Director: James Gray
Cast: Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner

A really stylish film this one.  Expertly directed by James Gray.  We join a young lady Ewa
(Marion Cotillard) who arrives in the USA with her sister.  They are seperated by authorities due to the ill health of her sister.  She finds herself stuck in America, a strange lady in a strange land.  She meets
Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix) the ever polite young man who helps her find a place and shelters her.  There is of course a price she has to pay.  Along the way she meets a young talented magician (Jeremy Renner) who shows her a world of possibilities.  Look out for some brilliant performances, very well written and stylish direction.

Rating: 9/10

Cold Harbour
Director: Carey Schonegevel
Cast: Tony Kgoroge, Fana Mokoena, Yu Nan, Deon Lotz

A movie of many shades.  Set in a gloomy Cape Town.  Not the one that tourists know.  This one is full of gangsters and corrupt cops and abalone smugglers.  We join a veteran cop Sizwe (Tony Kgoroge) who fights the good fight to solve his case.  Along the way side stepping martial arts assassins and looking out for gangsters.

Well directed, good script and some very good performances.

Rating: 7/10

Tony Kgoroge won the Best Actor Award (Shared) at Durban International Film Festival 2014 for his performance and you can see why.

Million Dollar Arm
Director: Craig Gillespie
Cast: Jon Hamm, Suraj Sharma, Alan Arkin

Enter the world of the sports agent.  We join a struggling sports agent J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm) who is fighting to secure a big deal.  He comes up with an idea of exporting Indian cricketers in a talent competition as a way to find the next big baseball pitcher.  One of those inspiring feel good movies.  Well acted and full of funny moments.

Rating 7/10

Reviews by +Fred Felton

IDC and NFVF will now provide funding for Emerging Black Filmmakers

The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) have announced a new initiative targeting local filmmakers and producers.

The Emerging Black Filmmakers Fund (EBFF), which the two institutions have set up, will provide financial and other support to emerging black filmmakers and is aimed at assisting filmmakers in creating feature films that are directed and produced by black South Africans.

EBFF, according to IDC, will strengthen the local film industry, ensuring that filmmakers and producers create compelling content for South African consumption.

Basil Ford, Head of Media and Motion Pictures at the IDC says, “We have identified a growing need to support the production of South African films and documentaries, particularly by black filmmakers and producers.”

Zama Mkosi, CEO of the NFVF, says this partnership addresses one of the organisation’s key objectives to ensure that past imbalances in the film industry are addressed. “Creating this opportunity will benefit our industry immensely as content is key in elevating our industry, and as we take the sector to another level of attracting new markets and investments.”

Funding will be limited to six qualifying and viable feature films per annum over three years. The fund amount per film is R4.5m for development and production, and R500 000 for marketing.

Visit the NFVF website for more information. 

(Source - ScreenAfrica)