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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

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…

RedBull Amaphiko ‘Film For Good’ Film Festival 2017.

It had been a while since I had gone to a film festival. Attending the 2nd RedBull Amaphiko Film Festival just brought back all those warm fuzzy feelings. I love film, it is a known fact, the love I have for African film however, continues to reach new heights especially having been Immersed in a full day’s worth of film screening’s. I started my film marathon with Sifiso Khanyile’s ‘Uprize!’ A look at the June 16 uprising and the year of 1976, the impact and significance that time period still hold’s today, the pain and legacy of youth in apartheid South Africa. ‘Nomalanga & The Witch’ followed, what I can take away from the film is that as human beings we are Inherently connected. Mmabatho Montsho has such a childlike beauty, young and eternal. ‘Mixed Spaces’, ‘Black Dots’, ‘Wits Shorts: CrossWorlds’ played. Cinema 2 hosted ‘Back To Natural’ documentary. As…

Love and humour dominates Ster-Kinekor’s local film releases this Spring!

As flowers bloom love seems to be the tone of the season on our big screens. Ster- Kinekor’s local film releases; 10 days in Sun City and My Wife & I are romantic comedies that will make you heart skip a beat or leave your stomach in pain from laughter, but one thing guaranteed, an indulgence of Romcom entertainment! “Ster-Kinekor is once again showing its commitment to the local film industry and lending its support to the release of local films. We are excited to be releasing 10 days in Sun City and My Wife & I. We look forward to movie lovers filling up the cinemas with both titles being released this spring,” says Motheo Matsau, Chief of Marketing and Sales of Ster-Kinekor Theatres. “We are committed to screening and marketing local productions that tell our South African stories in their many different guises, stories that South Africans can relate to. Genres such as romcoms and romantic humour perform…

 5 On 5 with Aaron and Amanda Kopp of Mystical Tale Liyana.

‘It was written in the stars.’ This is how best I can describe meeting the creative minds behind Documentary Hybrid Liyana; Aaron and Amanda Kopp. Right on the eve of the 10th Talents Durban program I attended the opening night ceremony of the 38th Durban International Film Festival and the film of choice was South African female directed film ‘The Serpent’. At the after party where we had a memorable encounter the following days would bring even more amazing experiences including dinners, partying to the amazing Afro Beats sounds of Fela Kuti (watched the documentary, ‘Finding Fela’, amazing) at the trendy jazz bar ‘The Chairman’ and finally having a private screening of the film. I knew I had to extract some of their wisdom, creativity and understanding of their craft in this piece: 5 On 5; Five questions with Creative Minds. I could write more on how heavily Inspired I…

The Reel Cut – Zanzibar Film fest submissions and more..

European Film Market Launches Berlinale Africa Hub. For the first time the 2017 Berlinale will provide a platform for innovative projects and ideas from the African film industry. The Berlinale Africa Hub is an initiative of the European Film Market (EFM) in cooperation with the World Cinema Fund (and the special programme it created in 2016, WCF Africa, which promotes films from Sub-Saharan Africa with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office), with Berlinale Talents (and its sister programme Talents Durban, which supports talented African filmmakers throughout the year), and with the Berlinale Co-Production Market. The new platform at the European Film Market will bring the next generation of African filmmakers to Berlin and offer an international forum for current technology, ideas, and developments in the African film industry” https://www.efm-berlinale.de/en/home/homepage.html 2. Online African Content A Click Away With Ndani TV.  If you’re looking for online content but fancy a…

A United Kingdom Red Carpet Cape Town Premiere.

I attended the Cape Town Premiere of A United Kingdom last night at the Nu-Metro cinema in Century City. Terry Pheto who stars in the film as Naledi Khama was in attendance. It was an intimate affair and an overall good evening. A United Kingdom is based on extraordinary true events. In 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams, a London office worker. The attraction was immediate: she was captivated by his vision for a better world, he was struck by her willingness to embrace it. Both felt liberated by the social upheaval that followed the war – Seretse sensed the opportunity for change as the Empire weakened, Ruth saw the possibility for a “bigger life” as women pushed for independence and equality. They were a perfect match, yet their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their families but by the British and South African governments. The…

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