Lack of compelling characters makes arty horror film, ‘Serpent’, a let down

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Sarah Dumont and Tom Ainsley in a scene from Amanda Evans’ ‘Serpent’. Photo: Supplied

ESTELLE SINKINS reviews Amanda Evans’ Serpent, the opening night film at the 2017 Durban International Film Festival, which was screened at the Playhouse Drama Theatre on Friday, July 14. Continue reading

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Award-winning SA film ‘Inexba’ (‘The Wound’) premieres at DIFF

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Nakhane Touré (seated) in a scene from Inexba’, which is having its South African premiere at the Durban International Film Festival. Photo: Supplied

THE South African film Inxeba (known internationally as The Wound) has won the best film award in the International New Talent Competition, at the Taipei Film Festival, ahead of its African premiere at the Durban International Film Festival at The Playhouse on Friday, July 14.

This is a latest in a string of awards for the film, which explores tradition and masculinity, and the clash between age-old rituals and modernity. Continue reading

Realness African scriptwriter residents head to Durban for DIFF

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This year’s Realness participants are (from left) Mario Fradique Bastos, Lemohang Mosese, Gloria Huwiler, Rama Thiaw and Samantha Nell. Photo: Samantha Nell

THE 2017 Realness Residency programme is now in its final stage with the second cohort of participants heading to Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) to present their projects at the Durban FilmMart to the industry, under the mentorship of script consultant Selina Ukwuoma.   Continue reading

Jack Parow writes theme song for new South African film, ‘Van der Merwe’

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Jack Parow. Photo: Allister Christie

“He might make mistakes, maar hy bly altyd great… and remember my friend, not all heroes wear capes…” is just one of the catchy lyrics taken from Jack Parow’s new hit, Super Van, which was created to be the theme song for the hilarious new movie, Van Der Merwe, set to open at cinemas nationwide in July. Continue reading

Catch the National Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ at Cinema Nouveau

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Tamsin Greig as Malvolia in Twelfth Night.

“If music be the food of love, play on…”

Twelfth Night, the acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity – filmed live at the National’s Olivier Theatre in London – is the next National Theatre Live broadcast on the big screen.

The production releases at Ster-Kinekor’s Nouveau cinemas on Saturday, May 27, for limited screenings. Continue reading

Delegate registration opens for 8th Durban FilmMart

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Delegate registration for Africa’s premier film finance and co-production market, the Durban FilmMart (DFM), is open.

Celebrating its 8th edition, this year’s DFM, a joint programme of the Durban Film Office (DFO), the eThekwini Municipality’s industry development unit, and the Durban International Film Festival – hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts – takes place from 14 to 17 July. It will host around 500 delegates from Africa and the world. Continue reading