Nthabiseng Mosieane

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Filmmaker that loves film.

REEL ROUND UP – AFDA & Showmax & More.

This weekend was filled with good news, from International to local VOD platforms. THE BURIAL OF KOJO This Ghanaian gem of a film deserves the rewards it is receiving.  Written and directed by Blitz The Ambassador, his film is being distributed by ARRAY a Pan-African distribtion company founded by Ava DuVernay. The film will release on Netflix, 31 March 2019. SHOWMAX & AFDA STUDENT FILMS LIVE This makes me happy. What a groundbreaking move. If you have Showmax you can watch AFDA produced student films, right at your fingertips. This is a great opportunity for the students. Well done. NINA SIMONE 4 WOMEN AT MARKET THEATRE  A wonderful play is taking place at the Market Theatre till the 24th February 2019. Paying tribute to the music legend and activist, the play delves into one of her many great songs, Four Women.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0F016Z6Pt0&t=9s

Lets Do This Right – Resuming TRN

I am at a loss for words. I see and understand the work required to get myself and the content back on track. It has been such a long time, well over six months of non-writing and close to a year of not filming. Man it feels as if I am starting anew, right from scratch. The instant gratification in me needs to calm down because the road ahead will be long, it will be hard but the love and passion still lies deep. Happy New Year though, I hope 2019 will be good to you. It is the second month of the year already, I can see this year running. It’s insane how time flies. In my video I am my most honest, like a video diary of sorts. Although it’s slightly vulnerable, it felt so good and right, I enjoyed myself. I enjoyed being on camera, doing something…

Guest Talk on Cape Talk Radio – Looking for Love Review.

It is Heritage month and this is a good month for local film. The passed two weeks I spoke on Cape Talk with Africa Melane for his film review slot. I watched The Equalizer an action vigilante film directed by Antoinee Fuqua starring Denzel Washington. Who can fault Denzel? He is always good. Personally it would not be my first choice, its a bad-ass bloody action film, I know I am not the target market but I had to watch the film for the review. The second time around however, I was given free reign to pick a film of my choice, so naturally I went for a local film and my pick was Adze Ugah’s Looking For Love. I am a sucker for local movies and this one did not disappoint, spicy, sexy and very powerful. Celeste Ntuli did the most and I adored her. What made my experience all…

Awotele Magazine Feature

2018 has been a year of quite a few lessons and every so often I receive wonderful surprises. One of such, being featured in the Pan-African French film publication called Awotele. I have been doing a lot of learning, taking time to read on a wide range of topics of this world, writing for Awotele and having my article translated in French was quite a delightful and refreshing experience. I wrote about the history of South African film. Contributed by writers from all over Africa and France, Awotele is a colourful magazine that shows its love to African film. The cover story is Rafiki the first Kenyan film to screen at Cannes, my beloved festival. The story is by female writer and director Wanuri Kahiu. You can check out the film trailer and a talk by the director on her Ted Talk. Keep It Reel…  https://youtu.be/7M_-ucSaFpU https://youtu.be/4–BIlZE_78

Inside Nommer 37 with Nosipho Dumisa

Two days after attending the Johannesburg premiere of Nommer 37, I’m still reeling from what felt like was a roller coaster ride, I mean sitting on the edge of my seat kind of feeling. I have seen many South African films but there are very few that I have considered to be authentic and real, very few. The debate as to how or why South African films do not do well, I would say boils down to authenticity, how well a South African filmmaker knows and understand the society they’re in. I mean the debate is much larger than what I may be simplifying it too, I know, but having seen Nommer 37 and all the societal issues addressed, the reaction from the crowd and the story within itself informs me that writing about what you see and know, one might yield results. Nosipho’s debut film and the company Gambit…

What I Watch.

I don’t watch much TV but when I do, I usually record and watch the same things over and over. I watch the box periodically, for instance the Australian Open will begin this month so I will be glued to the screen. I enjoy watching content that makes me think and makes me want to do things in this world. Check the below. African Voices. I just love watching CNN’s African Voices, constantly and on repeat! It makes so much sense. The content is always fresh, the stories are always Inspiring and the whole show is just alive. African Voices is led by forward thinking Africans from all walks of life who are telling their unique stories, so proud and confident. The Great British Bake Off. Firstly I am in complete awe of BBC productions, they have made simplicity look so sexy. There is this certain look that is hard…

2017 Thank You-2018 The Reel Tabz Welcomes You.

HAAAAAPPPPPPEEEEEE!!!!!! Happy New Year Everybody.  Happy New year! Another year to win and do all these fun stuff. I hope your holiday was relaxing, easy and happy. I love blogging, like I really really love it. I enjoy documenting my story on this earth. In many ways blogging allows me to take a look at my life through a visual journal. Taking a look back at 2017 will help me align my 2018 to where I need to place more focus on and do more of or less of. I must say that all of 2017 has been good to me even though in my opinion I had not lived up to my full potential for the year. All the opportunities that came my way were nudges that I should do more, work more, listen to myself more and know that my inner voice is never wrong. My mind can…

The Last Breath – A Film from a ‘Woke’ Ugandan filmmaker Jordan Braise.

Sometimes I wonder why I keep writing and putting out work, this may occur when I get into an occasional funk, but the beauty of life is that it creates events to remind one why they are on the journey they are on. Such an event was at the Durban Film Festival when myself and Jordan Braise crossed paths. Carrying a very quiet and calm demeanor I was always curios about Jordan. It wasn’t till we all went home that we connected. After a few exchanges I suggested that I write about his Grad film from Uganda Film School. His wisdom far exceeds his age, his love for the continent is tangible and his connection to his inner self is worthy of respect. The Last Breath entails “A dying Ugandan mother gives her young daughter, Nina, a red balloon as a final lesson to deal with grief. Protecting the balloon and…

Cinema Nouveau Exclusive Screening-Strike a Rock!

Out of dust and iron, the women of Marikana rise. The untold realities of Marikana and the aftermath come alive this month as Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau brings this emotional documentary to the big screens to tell the story of heroines – grandmothers Primrose Sonti and Thumeka Magwangqana. These women are in pursuit of justice over the loss of husbands, fathers and brothers of destitute families following the massacre associated with a mining giant, Lonmin Plc.; while learning to live with the painful reality of everyday poverty. The film takes the viewer on a journey through trauma, history, loss, memory, friendship, and the fear of being further forgotten as Thumeka and Primrose survive each day. In an intimate story where the personal becomes political through fighting on-the-ground to the corridors of power, how will these women take on Goliath enemies and make their voices heard? This historic account of events is Directed by…

Mind Games – A Proud Zimbabwean Thriller Epic.

This is excellent African storytelling at its essence. I met Charles Mawungwa the mind behind Mind Games at this years International Durban Film Festival, we were members of Talents Durban, quite a phenomenal and talented Pan-African group. After we went our separate ways, I discovered the page for the feature film Mind Games on Facebook, I liked it and followed its impressive progress over the weeks. Myself and Charles connected and I have been fortunate to see the film, which is mind blowing. Without getting into too much detail and risk some spoilers, the yet to be released Mind Games is about “A man tortured by guilt, he meets a psychopathic killer who forces him to revisit and conquer his personal demons in order to save his only daughter and survive the day”. The ending is ingenious. I am so proud and Inspired that a film so unique has come out…

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