Set against China’s expanding influence on the continent, Buddha in Africa provides a unique insight into the forces of cultural soft power on the identity and imagination of an African boy and his school friends growing up between two cultures.
GETTING her award-winning documentary, Buddha in Africa, to the big screen has been a labour of love for KZN Midlands filmmaker Nicole Schafer, writes ESTELLE SINKINS.
The powerful documentary, which follows the intimate story of a Malawian teenager growing up in a Chinese Buddhist orphanage in Africa, won the best South African documentary prize at the Durban International Film Festival in July, an accolade which means that the film is being considered for the documentary feature qualifying festival hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences.
Schafer is trying to play down the news, but the truth is her documentary could automatically qualify for consideration for an Oscar nomination in 2020. Continue reading
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
Director of Photography, Ebrahim Najee, Director Eubulus Timothy with leads Carishma Basday and Greg Kriek on location on Durban’s beachfront filming Deep End, produced by Arclight.
AFTER 29 days of filming in Durban, production company Arclight, is set to begin the next stage of their journey with post-production on their surf-flick Deep End. Continue reading
Asinamali, the film based on Mbongeni Ngema’s multi-award-winning musical, will screen for seven days at Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau in Rosebank Johannesburg, from Friday, September 22 to Thursday, September 28.
This will ensure the film is eligible for submission for the 2018 Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film. The Academy stipulates that a film must play theatrically for seven consecutive days to qualify for entry. Continue reading
OSCAR nominee, Michael Fassbender, stars in the new big screen adaptation of Norwegian author, Jo Nesbø’s The Snowman, which features gritty detective Harry Hole. Continue reading
Mark Rylance in Dunkirk. Photo: Supplied
UNDERSTATED but gripping. That is Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk in a nutshell, writes ESTELLE SINKINS. Continue reading
Nakhane Touré (front left) was named best actor for his work in ‘Inxeba – The Wound’, which also won the prize for best SA director for John Trengrove. Photo: File
INXEBA (known internationally as The Wound) won the prizes for best director for John Trengrove and best actor for Nakhane Touré at the Durban International Film Festival on Saturday, July 22, writes ESTELLE SINKINS.
This is the latest in a string of awards for the film, which has been lauded at film festivals around the world. Continue reading
Asinamali!, written by Mbongeni Ngema, will be the closing film of the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF). The film will screen at Ster-Kinekor Gateway in Umhlanga at 7 pm on Sunday, July 23 and at 8 pm at the Playhouse the same day. Continue reading
IN Britain, one of the most memorable moments of the Second World War came with the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk.
Now, 75 years later, this incredible historical moment is being put in the spotlight on the big screen in Christopher Nolan’s (Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Night Trilogy) new film, Dunkirk. Continue reading
Liana Hassim with her Simon Sabela Award for best student film.
PIETERMARITZBURG filmmaker, Liana Hassim, is lighting up the South African movie industry with her third Simon Sabela award, writes ESTELLE SINKINS. Continue reading