Fantasia 2014: Impressions From The Frontières Pitch Sessions

As great Canadian bards of the 20th century once wrote into one of their lyrics, "If I had a million dollars, I would buy you a monkey. Haven't you always wanted a monkey?" Yesterday morning we "industry-types" gathered together for the... More »
  

First Glimpse Of Neill Blomkamp's CHAPPIE

A Facebook page for Neill Blomkamp's Chappie, a sci-fi comedy starring fellow South Africans Ninja and ¥o-Landi Vi$$er of Die Antwoord as themselves and frequent Blomkamp collaborator  Sharlto Copley (Wikus in District 9 and Kruger in Elysium) as the titular android Chappie,... More »
  

COLD HARBOUR: Watch The Trailer For The South African Crime Thriller

Carey McKenzie's Cold Harbour won a glowing review from our own Stuart Muller after its world premiere in Durban and if you're wondering why ... well, the first trailer below should give you a solid indication. Here's how the festival... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

The Dream Role Becomes A Nightmare In THE ACTOR Trailer

Oh, the lengths that some people are willing to go through to further their career. In the South African horror flick The Actor, someone is taking their preparation for a potential role a few too many steps too far. Simon (Aidan... More »
  

Watch The Trailer For Jenna Bass' LOVE THE ONE YOU LOVE

Jenna Bass' debut feature Love The One You Love has quickly emerged as a buzz title - arguably THE buzz title - at the Durban International Film Festival with chatter following the premiere of the gushingly positive variety and for... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Love Is HARD TO GET In Slick South African Crime Romance

The opening slot at the 2014 Durban International Film Festival belongs to Hard To Get, the debut feature from Zee Ntuli. And while the title promises that the lead actress may be hard to get this one certainly doesn't look... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Intriguing South African Documentary SHIELD AND SPEAR Examines Integration Through Art

We somehow overlooked Petter Ringbom's Shield And Spear when it screened at HotDocs here in Toronto but it returns to our attention now thanks to its selection at South Africa's Durban International Film Festival. And good thing, too, because this... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Cheerily Lo-Fi Ghanaian Crime Musical COZ OV MONI 2: FOKN REVENGE Trailer Charms

A rap musical from Ghana? A crime comedy told entirely in pidgin English? Ghanaian rap duo Fokn Bois broke new ground with their first offering - the original Coz Ov Moni was reportedly the first ever pidgin musical ever made... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Banned South African Action Film JOE BULLET Storms Back To Screens With Restored Release

Produced in 1971, Louis de Witt's South African crime film Joe Bullet was one of the first films from that nation to feature an all black cast. Of course, in 1971 South Africa was also in the grips of the... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Watch: Exclusive Clip From HEATSTROKE, Starring Peter Stormare And Maisie Williams

Evelyn Purcell's thriller Heatstroke will arrive in cinemas and on VOD and iTunes on July 4. The African set thriller stars Stephen Dorff, Svetlana Metkina, and Peter Stormare, who is, of course, the bad guy. Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams... More »
  

Die Antwoord Unleash Rabid PITBULL TERRIER

Die Antwoord will be playing a lead role, as themselves, in fellow-South African Neill "District 9" Blomkamp's upcoming feature, Chappie. They have been involved in that film for a long time, and I suspect we will see their creative fingerprints... More »
  

R.I.P. Malik Bendjelloul: The Real Sugar Man

Malik Bendjelloul, the Oscar-winning director of Searching For Sugar Man, has passed away in Stockholm, according to multiple news reports. Though no cause of death has been given, authorities have said they do not suspect foul play. He was just 36... More »
  

Mike Tyson Stars In Algerian Action Film GATES OF THE SUN. Check The First Poster Now.

An action film from Algeria? With Mike Tyson? It's happened with Jean-Marc Mineo's Gates Of The Sun and we've got the first artwork for you to take a look at. Zakaria Ramdane and Lorie Pester star in this story of... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

South African Action Thriller iNUMBER NUMBER Unleashes On Home Turf

South African action thriller iNumber Number was a closely watched film here at Twitch even before it blew us away at the Toronto Film Festival. And with good reason; the picture has been subsequently picked up for worldwide distribution (by XYZ... More »
  

I Doco Dare You To Enter Roger Ballen's ASYLUM OF THE BIRDS

Renowned photographer Roger Ballen was born in the US, but has lived in South Africa since the 1970's, where he photographs the inhabitants of society's boondocks. A short doco (documentary) about Ballen's work on Asylum Of The Birds, the new monograph... More »
  

MINERS SHOT DOWN: South African Mining Massacre Doc Premieres At One World Film Festival

Renowned South African documentary producer and director, Rehad Desai, has premiered his second feature, Miners Shot Down, at the 2014 One World Film Festival in Prague. The film revisits events surrounding the August 2012 Marikana mine massacre, during which police... More »
  

Die Antwoord and Neill Blomkamp Wrap on CHAPPIE

Die Antwoord's Ninja and Yo-landi Vi$$er have recently wrapped on Chappie, Neill Blomkamp's upcoming sci-fi comedy. They play themselves as the film's (human) leads, with Sharlto Copley voicing the film's robot namesake. This South African acting triad will be accompanied... More »
  

Teaser For South African Doc THE BOERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD

A teaser has been released for The Boers At The End Of The World, a South African documentary project that began to gather steam on Indiegogo last November:Over a century ago, 800 Boer families left South Africa and sailed to Argentina,... More »
  

Rotterdam 2014: It's Awards Time!

This weekend saw the end of the 2014 edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and we can make a tally of all the awards. First and foremost among these are the Hivos Tiger Awards, given to directors only for... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Long Walk to CHAPPIE: An Indignant Release For MANDELA, And An Indulgent Release For Die Antwoord

Most South Africans don't observe Thanksgiving, but if they did it is no hyperbole to say that almost every citizen would pause and give thanks for Nelson Mandela. I happen to be a South African living in California right now,... More »
  
 
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