Acclaimed new SA film Hatchet Hour opens in cinemas

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Hatchet Hour, a Ladybug Films production which recently scooped the Best Foreign Film Award at the LA Femme International Film Festival, opens in selected SA cinemas on November 4. The film is presented by the National Film & Video Foundation in association with the Department of Trade & Industry and M-Net.

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Cameras roll on Khalo Matabane’s 28’s in KwaZulu Natal

Pictured in the prison courtyard China Boy (Presley Chweneyagae) and Buttons (Warren Masemola) decide on Magadien's (Mothusi Magano) fate.

Pictured in the prison courtyard China Boy (Presley Chweneyagae) and Buttons (Warren Masemola) decide on Magadien’s (Mothusi Magano) fate.

Award-winning director, Khalo Matabane (State of Violence, Conversations on a Sunday Afternoon and Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me), has begun shooting his latest feature, 28’s, a gritty exposé of life inside prison.

The film, inspired by Jonny Steinberg’s award-winning non-fiction novel, The Number, its big screen adaptation by Paul Ian Johnson reveals the origins of the fearsome numbers gangs that operate in prisons throughout South Africa. Continue reading

Durban FilmMart 2013 finance forum winner, ‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’, heads to the big screen

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Seven years after writer, Sean Drummond, and director, Michael Matthews, first set out on an 8000km research and development journey around the country, The Be Phat Motel Film Company and Game 7 Films’ Five Fingers for Marseilles, is taking its next big step to the big screen.

The film – which was a project at the 2013 Durban FilmMart – is a contemporary South African thriller modelled on the western and played in Sesotho and isiXhosa, with a top-tier, fully local cast. The movie begins production in the Eastern Cape in July 2016, in association with Stage 5 Films and Above the Clouds. Continue reading

Local film, Mrs Right Guy, to screen at Cannes

MRS RIGHT GUY - Lehasa Moloi and Dineo Moeketsi

Lehasa Moloi and Dineo Moeketsi star in Mrs Right Guy.

THE highly anticipated romcom Mrs Right Guy, premières at Ster Kinekor’s The Zone in Rosebank, Johannesburg on Thursday, May 19 – the same day as the film screens at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in France.

Dineo Moeketsi who stars as the broken-hearted Gugu Hlatshwayo in Mrs Right Guy announced the exciting news on Twitter. Mrs Right Guy is screening in Cannes as part of the National Film and Video Foundation South African showcase programme. 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

New dates for DIFF and Durban FilmMart

THE annual Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) and the Durban FilmMart (DFM) will take place from June 16 to 26, 2016, while the DFM will take place from June 17 to 20, 2016.

The events have been rescheduled due to a clash with the 21st International Aids Conference, which takes place at the end of July 2016. The AIDS conference will be using both the Elangeni and Maharani hotels, which are traditionally used as a festival and market hub. Continue reading