The Reel Cut – Miriam Makeba Biopic and more..

As a Film correspondent on 5FM, I have put together news worth knowing in the industry on the website that I report on Saturday morning’s at 6AM. We call it The Reel Cut, so with that below is Information you need to know about the buzz in the Industry..

  1. Miriam Makeba Biopic in the works. 

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It has been eight years since the world lost Miriam Makeba. In 2011 a Documentary was released titled ‘Mama Africa’ but a Biopic is officially in development. Currently untitled, the film will be produced De Passe Jones Entertainment with The Miriam Makeba Estate and Miriam Makeba Foundation. It will be a while before we see any production work, in the meantime I thought to put a song to get us ready for the film, ‘Thulasizwe’ featuring the late great Nina Simone.

2. The 13th Annual Kwazulu Natal Film Festival.

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KAFF is a community based Film Festival which specifically focuses on screening South African films, African films and unique global films in communities of Kwazulu Natal to promote South African film appreciation and audience experience. I appreciate film festivals for films missed on circuit can be seen through the year with special themes that add really good films and the bonus of having the filmmakers attend the screening’s. It is one of the easiest and accessible ways of seeing a filmmaker or actor you admire.

Running from 02 December – 11 December 2016, the Opening film will be Dora’s Peace, filmmakers and actors will be in attendance. Highlights are; Shepherds & Butchers, Mashaya, Luthando3 and Happiness Is A Four Letter Word, tribute to Junaid Ahmed. Closing film will be from KZN filmmaker Mandla Dube, Kalushi – The story of Solomon Mahlangu.

3. Noem My Skollie in Competition at the 27th Annual Palm Springs Film Festival. 

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As we get closer to the Academy Awards releasing their 2017 nominees list, Noem My skollie has received more great news. Not only has it been officially entered into the Palm Springs Festival, It is in Competition under the Awards Buzz category for Best Foreign Film. Palm Springs festival is known as the Pre-Academy prediction event, films that screen and fall in competition stand a very high chance at being on the nominees list at the Oscar’s. I am sure you get what this means, Noem My Skollie is just one step closer to being in apart of the history list. We stay hopeful.

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4. Lockdown drama to hit our screens in 2017.

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When I look at Lorcia Cooper in this image I think she looks pretty cool as a hard knock prison inmate. Set in a fictional female prison Lockdown tracks back on how the inmates ended up int the prison. Said to be the edgiest drama series to date Mzansi Magic does not fail at serving good local stories. You can look forward to seeing Zola Nombana, Luxolo Ndabeni and Lorcia Cooper among the cast. Catch it on Mzansi Magic DStv channel 161, premiering January 2017.

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