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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…

 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…

Stars shine on the red carpet at ‘Love by Chance’ movie premier.

Local and visiting celebrities were out in all their finery at last night’s Hyde Park Nu Metro premiere of the delightful comedy ‘Love by Chance’, a South African-US co-production starring local favourite Atandwa Kani, and the gorgeous Altovise Lawrence, winner of ‘Top Actor South Africa’, in the lead roles. Man of the moment Kani, who has just been cast in Marvel’s upcoming superhero film The Black Panther, flew to Johannesburg from New York just in time for the glitzy event. Also on the red carpet at the state-of-the-art cinema complex were the film’s director Samad Davis, an award winning international film producer and director from the US, and three of the film’s American stars, actress and producer Terri J Vaughn, comedian Desi Banks and actress and author Ja’el Roberson. Terri J Vaughn, Ja’el Robeson and Altovise Lawrence were all dressed by renowned local designers  Quiteria & George, couturiers to A-List…

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