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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.. Miriam Makeba Biopic in the works.  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. https://youtu.be/AE8g5_CoRvM 2. The 13th Annual Kwazulu Natal Film Festival. KAFF is a community based Film Festival which…

HER Africa Film Festival – The Power Of Woman.

The Inaugural event, HER Africa Film Festival in partnership with the Gauteng Film Commission hosted at the Bioscope Cinema in Maboneng Precinct. It will showcase films from African women filmmakers on the continent and in the diaspora. The opening night film is from New York based Nefertite Nguvu, making it the first African screening of her applauded film ‘In the Morning’. Nefertite will be in attendance and will take part in a post screening Q and A session moderated by local film producer Makgano Mamabolo. As the host country, South Africa is screening the never tired gems of the Blingola/NFVF Female produced slate, where an astounding 20 films have been produced to date uncovering the wealth of skill that female filmmakers in our country have. HER AFRICA! Film Festival is an exciting showcase of music videos, short films, animations, feature films, documentaries and web series. This exhibition is a map of…

Five reasons to watch Noem My Skollie as told by Daryne Joshua.

A story of human triumph and redemption. Noem My Skollie based on true events weaves a tale of an authentic South African story told in a way that I have not experienced before. John W. Fredericks the scriptwriter who dedicated his life to bring this story to life gives us a look into into the Cape flats during the 1960’s of young boys who form a gang to survive. From boys to young men, the brotherhood is shaken when two of the members AB (DJ Mouton) and Gimba (Gantane Kusch) are arrested during a break in. Both are sentenced to two years in prison. Being among hardened criminal’s AB and Gimba are forced to find ways of protecting themselves, AB grows in status as a captivating storyteller. Life after prison is not the same for all four friends. A shocking encounter seals their fate which leads to unfortunate circumstances for…

The Reel Nthabiseng

WELCOME! Welcome to my new home. I am so excited to be on this platform. It feels so good. There came a time for change and as much as it was hard to make the decision, it feels right to move on. Being in this space will cultivate better and consistent content. With Film Bugg I discovered African filmmakers and the African narrative in a whole new light. I was challenged, I was taught and I was enlightened. The Reel Nthabiseng is a natural progression. Have a look and enjoy. I am on all platforms, so do the right thing; Like & Share. Here is to a Reel ride! https://youtu.be/JF7QXjq9zTY

Nommer 37 sit down with Director’s.

It is Youth month. I am inspired by young people who do amazing things in their field. I take every opportunity in meeting them to hear what they have got to say. I sat down with Nosipho Dumisa and Travis Taute of Gambit Films, they’re Cape Town based filmmakers. Their recent South African Film and Television Award for Best Short film “Nommer 37” has certified their positions as Filmmakers of the future. They are currently in Europe on a two week trip hosted by the Academie des Cesar in France for the Panorama festival along with directors from across the world who have been recognized for their work and achievements. They speak about co-directing and what else we can look forward too. Nosipho Dumisa: “Nommer 37” was a concept Gambit Films had been holding onto for a long time. It was actually a concept born by one of the writer…

‘Girls of Gugulethu – Beauty in Disparity’ – Africa Day Celebration.

In the absence from blogging during the month of April and most of May, I have been doing some reading, research, having conversations and doing quite some Introspection. I have been asking myself questions, questions that sooner or later any human being asks themselves, what do I want to be known for? How do I want to be seen? I am still trying to figure it out, I am well on my way there though. I have been very Inspired and when I get that way my heart beats in a strange way, I get excited as if the most amazing news will come my way. I try to stay in this state, it is when I draw the most invigorating ideas. In light of ideas, as soon as I realized it is Africa Month, I knew I could not let this month and this day pass without me doing…

Watch the 2016 Oscar Nominated short films at Cinema Nouveau.

Ahead of the Annual Academy Awards happening on the 28th February 2016, Ster-Kinekor for the first time is having an exclusive screening of the 2016 Oscar Nominated Short Films. The shorts are in three categories; Animation, Live Action and Documentary. I remember this time last year writing about the 2015 Oscar shorts not having watched any of the films now this year I am quite chuffed that Cinema Nouveau is having a special and rare screening of the films which are breath taking and Incredible. I attended the preview at the V&A Waterfront Cinema Nouveau branch and watched the Live Action category. The films released on Friday the 19th February 2016 at Cinema Nouveau, Rosebank Mall, V&A Waterfront, Brooklyn Mall and Gateway Mall. A shout out to Nathan Rice for being nominated in the student film category for his short film Homeless. For people who don’t take short films or…

Kutlwano Ditsele an interview.

South African Television can be praised for its quality for local content. With the rise of incredulous and sometimes mind numbing International entertainment, it is comforting to know that there are shows that remain true to storytelling. The Bomb Shelter, Television’s A-Team brought us legendary drama Yizo Yizo and recently Isibaya, Ayeye and The Road have always been consistent in their ability to tell stories and connect with the viewer. So I had a sit down with the Casting Director, Producer and the Future of the Bomb Shelter Kutlwano Ditsele. An open and nice human being tells me of his life, Bomb and dreams of being President of Africa’s biggest film studio. Nthabiseng Mosiene: How colorful was your childhood? Kutlwano Ditsele: Very colorful, it has a big influence obviously in who I am. One of my assets is that I know how to network, I know how to build my…

Zonke Dikana ‘Reach It’ Music Video.

Yesterday afternoon right before I was getting ready to step out, I was going through music channels. I tuned into channel 321 on DStv. It was a music video by artist Zonke Dikana the song is simply titled ‘Reach It’ that caught me. I was so moved I knew I had to write about this, my feelings and thoughts were spilling over. I thought about this song while I was out till I got back home, it touched me somehow. I got onto YouTube; I listened to it while washing the dishes which can be quite relaxing in some sort of way. I listened to the song well over ten times, I allowed it to seep Into my heart and mind. Allow me to me explain how this song has left me feeling. It is a very simple music video, feature’s Zonke, One location and one outfit. I was captivated…

My First Time Experience At Cannes Film Festival 2015.

Being an aspiring filmmaker I take it upon myself to go for every opportunity presented to me. This year has been one of those moments. Being at Cannes did not just come to me, it had been years of preparation sometimes without me even realizing it. My sister two or three years prior my visit to Cannes had been traveling and when she arrived in Cannes she bought me a Filmmaker T-shirt which sowed the seed. A few years passed and the travel bug in me caused me to seek International opportunities and this is where the story begins. THE CREATIVE MIND GROUP I have written a feature on the Creative Mind Group Program before. This is the program responsible for getting me to Cannes. Last year I had been searching the Internet for International opportunities and I came across Creative Minds. I knew this was the one. It accelerated…

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