New TV adaptation of Agatha Christie’s ‘Witness for the Prosecution’

Agatha Christie, surrounded by some of her 80-plus crime novels.

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MAMMOTH Screen and Agatha Christie Productions Ltd will be presenting a brand new TV adaptation of Agatha Christie’s short story, The Witness for the Prosecution. Continue reading

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SAFTAS: all the winners

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Safta hosts Minnie Dlamini and Katlego Maboe.

THE much lauded Afrikaans feature film, Dis, Ek Anna, took home thee Golden Horns at the 10th South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) at the Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg at the weekend.

Dis Ek, Anna was named best feature film. It’s director Sara Blecher won best achievement in directing and Marius Weyers was named best supporting actor. Continue reading

SA co-production, The Book of Negroes, sweeps Canadian Screen Awards

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Aunjanue Ellis stars in The Book of Negroes.

THE Book of Negroes, the Conquering Lion/Out of Africa Entertainment, Canadian-South African co-production, dominated the Canadian Screen Awards, taking home 11 awards including best TV movie or limited series, three best acting awards for Aunjanue Ellis, Lyriq Bent and Shailyn Pierre Dixon, and best direction (limited series). Continue reading

SAFTA 2016 nominees revealed

saftasTHE National Film and Video Foundation has revealed the nominees for the 10th South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs). The winners will be revealed live at two star-studded ceremonies which will be held at Gallagher Estate on Friday, March 18 and Sunday, March 20.

The winner of Best TV Presenter Golden Horn for SAFTAs 2015 and presenter of Expresso Morning Show on SABC3, Katlego Maboe will serve as the SAFTAs 2016 host. Continue reading

Leon Ockenden shares his thoughts on playing a Russian prince in Mr Selfridge

Leon Ockenden is Serge De Bolotoff

Leon Ockenden is Serge De Bolotoff. Photo: BBC

CURRENTLY showing on BBC First (DStv channel 119) is the popular costume drama, Mr Selfridge. Starring Emmy award-winning American actor, Jeremy Piven (Entourage), Mr Selfridge is inspired by the life of charismatic American entrepreneur, Harry Gordon Selfridge, whose business in London’s Oxford Street has become a much-loved institution.

Series 3 picks up in 1919 just after the end of World War I and sees Zoë Wanamaker (Harry Potter films) joins the cast to play Russian Princess, Marie de Bolotoff, whose handsome son Serge, played by Leon Ockenden (Casualty) marries Harry’s eldest daughter, Rosalie (Kara Tointon, EastEnders).

Kara’s real-life sister, Hannah Tointon, plays her rebellious sister, Violette, which sees the sisters acting together for the first time. And Sacha Parkinson (Coronation Street, The Mill) joins the cast to play Kitty Hawkins’ ambitious younger sister, along with Kelly Adams (Holby City) who plays Harry’s new love interest, Nancy Webb.

TheLuvvie.com spoke Leon Ockenden about playing Serge De Bolotoff. Continue reading