Award-winning films, poetry, music and book talks at the Maritzburg Social Justice Film and Arts Festival

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AWARD-winning documentary film-maker, Rehad Desai (Miners Shot Down) will be in the city to attend the screening of his latest film, Giant is Falling, as part of the Maritzburg Social Justice Film and Arts Festival, writes ESTELLE SINKINS.

Co-directed by Jabulani Mzozo, the film takes a sweeping look at the political events of recent years that signal the end of an era in South Africa. Continue reading

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BBC and PBS join forces for new television adaptation of ‘Little Women’

THE BBC and Masterpiece on PBS have revealed plans to adapt Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, Little Women, for the small screen.

Created in partnership with the Golden Globe and Bafta-winning drama producer, Playground, the three-part series from Heidi Thomas, the creator of Call The Midwife, Cranford and Upstairs Downstairs, will be directed by Vanessa Caswill (Thirteen, My Mad Fat Diary). Continue reading

‘Pride and Prejudice’ – powerful, poignant and thought-provoking

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ESTELLE SINKINS reviews Pride and Prejudice – The Gerald Kraak Anthology. African Perspectives on Gender, Social Justice and Sexuality (various authors, published by Jacana Media)

THOUGHT-provoking, funny and poignant sums up the collection of short stories, photography, poetry and journalistic work, which makes up the inaugural Gerald Kraak Anthology – Pride and Prejudice. Continue reading

Five of SA’s best fiction books set to go head-to-head for the Barry Ronge prize

AFTER months of deliberation the shortlist for the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize, in association with Porcupine Ridge, has been revealed. The winner, who will receive R100 000, will be announced on Saturday, June 24.

The five shortlisted books are: The Printmaker by Bronwyn Law-Viljoen (Umuzi); Period Pain by Kopano Matlwa (Jacana Media); Little Suns by Zakes Mda (Umuzi); The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso (Chatto & Windus); and The Safest Place You Know by Mark Winkler (Umuzi). Continue reading