“Die Reuk Van Appels” At The Fugard

Die reuk van appels
(The smell of apples)
Opens tonight

Die reuk van appels is the acclaimed 1993 debut novel of South African author Mark Behr. This seminal work was adapted for the stage and debuted in April 2017 at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK). Die reuk van appels is the coming-of-age story of Marnus Erasmus, 11-year-old son of a South African Defence Force (SADF) general. It eloquently captures the Afrikaner mentality in the late 1970s and early 1980s and the brutal consequences of apartheid and militarisation of South African life.

Performed in Afrikaans with English surtitles. Please note: the show carries an age restriction of 16 and contains scenes with sex, nudity, strong language, violence and prejudice.

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Paddington Dances With The Duchess Of Cambridge

The life-size Paddington bear, who recently charmed the Duchess of Cambridge, will be visiting South Africa at the end of this month to promote the upcoming Paddington 2 movie which will be hitting the South African big screens on December 1, 2017.

Yesterday, Paddington was spotted at Paddington station in London dancing with Kate, Duchess of Cambridge who is expecting her third child with Prince William. Paddington left the Royal family laughing and dancing with his presence. The royals, along with the cast and crew of Paddington 2 film, joined children on charity train ride.

For further information on Paddington 2, including official trailers, please visit www.facebook.com/sterkinekorentertainment or follow on Twitter at @SterEnt, using #Paddington2SA

M-Net, M-Net Binge, M-Net City Line-up October 2017

M-Net, M-Net Binge and M-Net City line-up for October 2017
(Issue Date: October 17 2017)

M-Net Schedule Updates:

New Information:
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden will be on a production break from Friday 20 October at 17:00. Previous episodes will be aired until the talk show returns on Monday 6 November at 17:00.
  • New Girl season 7 has been moved off the October schedule to a later date. Great News season 2 will now start on Saturday 21 October at 17:30.
  • The Handmaid’s Tale season 1 has been added to the October schedule and will now start Monday 30 October at 22:00.

M-Net Binge Updates:

  • Teen Wolf season 5 has been replaced with Once Upon A Time season 6 on Saturday 21 October and Sunday 22 October.

Saturday Movies

Saturday 21 October 2017

21:00 Hell Or High Water 16VSL Crime

Ben Foster and Chris Pine give riveting performances as two brothers who are about to lose their family ranch to the bank. They decide to rob the bank that are foreclosing on it.

Read the SAMDB review of Hell or High Water.

Saturday 28 October 2017

21:00 Lights Out 16V Horror

A chilling horror that will make you sleep with the lights on. A malicious spirit terrorises a broken family as it attacks them, using the dark and their mother as a weapon.

Read the SAMDB review of Lights Out.

Sunday Night Blockbusters

Sunday 22 October 2017

20:05 Sully  PG13L Drama

Based on the incredible true story, Oscar winner Tom Hanks stars as an aircraft pilot who makes a miraculous crash landing after a plane’s engines give out.

Read the SAMDB review of Sully.

Sunday 29 October 2017

20:05 The Girl On The Train 16VSNL Drama

Emily Blunt stars in this deeply unsettling thriller about a divorcée who becomes entangled in the investigation of a missing woman, that sends shockwaves through her life.

Read the SAMDB review of The Girl on the Train.

World Cinema Movies

(Note: Additional repeat has been added. See it again on Thursdays just after 03:00)

Sunday 22 October 2017

22:45 1864  16VSNL Drama

Chronicling one of the most violent wars in history, this Danish epic follows the story of two brothers who are called to the frontlines in an era of political turmoil.

Sunday 29 October 2017

23:10 Moonlight 16VSL Drama

An eye-opening drama that won the Oscar for best picture. Looking at everything from sexuality to violence, this film follows a young man who grows up in a rough Miami neighbourhood.

New, Returning & Series Finales

Thursday 19 October 2017

17:00 Late Late Show With James Corden 04 0024 *Series breaks and returns Monday 6 November*

James Corden throws the ultimate late night after party in this Emmy winning talk show that features celebrity guests, games and the popular Carpool Karaoke.

Saturday 21 October 2017

17:30 Great News 02 0001 “Boardroom Bitch” *Season 2 Starts*

Golden Globe winner Tina Fey guest stars in the season premiere of this workplace comedy, which sees the introduction of tough new boss Diana St. Tropez. Follows the life of a workaholic news producer.

Sunday 22 October 2017

22:00 Last Week Tonight With John Oliver *Series breaks and returns in November*

Late night satirist John Oliver delivers his unique take on the week’s news, politics and current events with characteristic, unwavering humour.

Monday 23 October 2017

22:00 The Path 02 0013 “Mercy” *Season 2 Ends*

Cal struggles to maintain control over The Movement while Eddie attempts to reconcile his love for his family with his newfound role as a leader, in the season finale of this provocative drama.

Monday 30 October 2017

22:00 The Handmaid’s Tale 01 001 *Season 1 Starts*

Based on the celebrated novel of the same name and starring the talented Elisabeth Moss, this dystopian drama explores a future in which women are forced to live as concubines under a religious fundamentalist regime

Saturday 21 October 2017

21:30 Once Upon A Time 06 0001  13V

22:17 Once Upon A Time 06 0002  13V

23:04 Once Upon A Time 06 0003  13V

23:51 Once Upon A Time 06 0004   13V

00:38 Once Upon A Time 06 0005   13V

01:25 Once Upon A Time 06 0006   13V

02:12 Once Upon A Time 06 0007   13V

02:59 Once Upon A Time 06 0008   13VL

03:46 Once Upon A Time 06 0009   13V

04:33 Once Upon A Time 06 0010   13V

05:20 Once Upon A Time 06 0011   13V

Sunday 22 October 2017

21:30 Once Upon A Time 06 0012   13VL

22:17 Once Upon A Time 06 0013   13V

23:04 Once Upon A Time 06 0014   13V

23:51 Once Upon A Time 06 0015   13VL

00:30 Once Upon A Time 06 0016   13V

01:15 Once Upon A Time 06 0017   13V

02:00 Once Upon A Time 06 0018   13V

02:45 Once Upon A Time 06 0019   13V

03:30 Once Upon A Time 06 0020   13V

04:15 Once Upon A Time 06 0021   13VL

05:00 Once Upon A Time 06 0022   13V

Saturday 28 October 2017

21:30 Teen Wolf 06 0001 “Memory Lost” 16V

22:17 Teen Wolf 06 0002 “Superposition” 16VS

23:03 Teen Wolf 06 0003 “Sundowning” 16V

23:50 Teen Wolf 06 0004 “Relics” 16V

00:36 Teen Wolf 06 0005 “Radio Silence” 16V

Sunday 29 October 2017

21:30 Teen Wolf 06 0006 “Ghosted” 16V

22:17 Teen Wolf 06 0007 “Hearthless” 16V

23:03 Teen Wolf 06 0008 “Blitzkrieg” 16V

23:50 Teen Wolf 06 0009 “Memory Found” 16V

00:36 Teen Wolf 06 0010 “Riders On The Storm” 16V

New, Returning & Series Finales

Tuesday 17 October 2017

19:00 Blue Bloods 07 0022 “The Thin Blue Line” *Season 7 Ends*

When Danny intercepts a shipment of several million dollars that was heading to a drug cartel, he becomes a target in the season finale of this popular crime drama.

20:00 Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D 04 0001 “The Ghost” *Season 4 Starts* (Aired on Vuzu Amp)

In the season premiere episode, “The Ghost,” Ghost Rider is coming, and S.H.I.E.L.D will never be the same. Coulson teams with Mack to track down Inhumans.

Wednesday 18 October 2017

22:00 Apple Tree Yard 01 0004 *Season 1 Ends*

The trial continues and Costley’s lawyer hinges her defence on the claim that Costley suffers from a personality disorder. A woman’s dangerous affair spirals out of control in this psychological thriller.

Sunday 22 October 2017

18:00 Madam Secretary 03 0001 “Sea Change” *Season 3 Starts* (Aired on M-Net)

Acclaimed political drama starring Téa Leoni as the Secretary of State. In the third season premiere, climate change becomes a hot topic for Elizabeth, after a storm destroys a naval base in Bahrain.

Wednesday 25 October 2017

22:00 Falling Water 01 0001 “Don’t Tell Bill” *Season 1 Starts* (Aired on M-Net)

The Emmy-winning producer of ‘Homeland’ penned this surreal psychological drama. In the series premiere, three unrelated people slowly realise that they share separate parts of a single, common dream.

Thursday 26 October 2017

22:00 Wentworth 04 0012 “Seeing Red” *Season 4 Ends*

In the season finale, Bea becomes intent on delivering her own justice in the name of everyone who has suffered at the hands of Ferguson. Critically acclaimed, this drama unfolds in a women’s prison.

Justice League – Q&A With Jason Momoa (Arthur Curry / Aquaman)

What went through your mind when director Zack Snyder first approached you about playing Arthur Curry / Aquaman and reinventing this iconic Super Hero for a new generation?

When Zack first approached me, it was a bit of a mystery because when I went in for the audition, he wanted me to read for Batman – and Ben [Affleck] had already been cast in the role by that point. So, I knew something fishy was going on and just read the lines with a lot of attitude, like I didn’t care what was on the page [laughs]! And then Zack said to me, ‘Do you know who I want you to play?’ I said, ‘Oh, yeah, I’ll be a villain or some bad dude who comes in and fights Batman – sounds like fun.’ He said, ‘I want you to play Aquaman.’

So, I was just standing there, kind of in shock. All I could think of was the traditional Aquaman from the comics – who is white and blond and wears the orange and green costume. I thought he had to be joking… but Zack had this look on his face. He said, ‘Hear me out,’ and told me that he wanted the Aquaman in this film to be an outsider, along the lines of Clint Eastwood’s character, the Outlaw Josey Wales. I was born in Hawaii and raised in Iowa, and basically grew up an outsider, so I could definitely identify with that. I also liked that Arthur is a half-breed – half-Atlantean and half-human – and was really interested in the idea of him being this brown-skinned Super Hero who is part of two worlds but doesn’t belong to either one. I think that’s pretty special. And me being a Hawaiian, Aquaman’s mythology also resonated with me because we have water gods in our culture – and that goes for many islands. That’s why it feels like such an honor to play this guy.

How much did you know about the Justice League prior to becoming involved in the film? Were you a comic book or Super Hero fan growing up?

Absolutely. I was a big comic book fan. I read a lot of different comics when I was a kid, and obviously loved Batman and Super Hero movies in general. When Tim Burton’s Batman came out, it just blew my mind; I was amazed by that film. But I hadn’t read a lot of Justice League prior to this film, so I did my research. I also had the opportunity to meet with [producer] Geoff Johns, and he’s just a wealth of knowledge about Aquaman and the entire DC universe.

When you were finding your way into the character, were there aspects of Aquaman that were fun to play and others that were more of a challenge?

Zack encouraged all of us in the cast to bring our own personalities to the characters, and that was really interesting. I’ve never played anyone like Arthur before – someone who’s defiant and an outcast and a rascal. So, I got to be grumpy and ornery and exercise a lot of layers I’ve never gotten to bring to roles before and that was a lot of fun.

For me, the biggest challenge was knowing that we’re only seeing a glimpse of this epic journey that Arthur goes on to find his place in the world and become the great warrior and king that he is. When we meet him in Justice League, he’s this gruff, surly rebel, but we don’t know what this kid went through to get that way or who he’s going to become. We find him in a little fishing village in Iceland, among these villagers who are on the absolute fringe of society. They kind of look at him as a god because when fish aren’t around or supply lines are cut off, he helps them. They never asked for it. He’s just taking it on himself to protect these people and provide for them.

So, when Bruce Wayne shows up looking for Aquaman, they’re reluctant to give him up. Bruce figures it out, of course, but Arthur makes it clear that he has no interest in helping Batman or anyone else. He just wants to be left alone. It’s only later, when he realizes that the world really is at stake – not just the over the land, but under the oceans as well – that he knows he has to become a man and do his part. And as he explores his powers and begins to understand who he is, only then does he start to actually start to believe in himself.

You’re a part of this fantastic ensemble cast bringing these larger-than-life heroes to life – Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg and Ezra Miller as The Flash. What was it like the first time all of you came together on set in you full Super Hero glory?

I played it cool, but I was totally geeking out on the inside [laughs]. We really loved being on this journey together, and always wanted to see each other on set. Whether it was doing team-building scenes or these ambitious, complicated stunt sequences, we’d always support each other and try to make each other laugh; it was always a joy.

One of the great things about having these actors in these roles is that they’re all just so perfectly cast. Batman is my favorite character, and when I first saw Ben Affleck in that cape and cowl, it was so cool. He’s an amazing Batman. And Gal Gadot is the perfect Wonder Woman. She is unbelievable and that movie was unbelievable. She’s just this powerful presence, but so warm and absolutely stunning. And I can’t think of a better choice for The Flash than Ezra. So intelligent, so witty and just a beautiful creature – they only made one of Ezra.

And then there’s Ray as Cyborg, and, to me, he has the hardest role – to be able to play this half-man/half-machine – and yet he brought so much humanity and gravity to it. But on set, we really had to use our imaginations to picture Ray as Cyborg. We’d all be in our costumes, and Ray would be in these polka-dot pajamas for the visual effect component of Cyborg. So, we had a lot of fun giving him crap about that [laughs]. But Ray is obviously an amazing actor, and we had a great time playing the dynamic between Arthur and Victor. Arthur doesn’t trust Victor at all, and they’re at each other’s throats a lot of the time, but then they become brothers, you know?

As for my character, I don’t mind sayin’ that I’m probably the greatest Aquaman that’s ever lived. There’s not exactly a lot of competition, so in that sense, it’s cool not be Batman [laughs]. But it’s great to get to set the tone for this character on screen, and I’m interested to see what fans think of this iteration of Aquaman. It’s definitely not what they’re used to seeing in the comics, but hopefully it will be true to the Aquaman they know.

You recently wrapped filming Aquaman’s first-ever solo feature with director James Wan. Can you give us a tease of what audiences can expect?

All your questions will be answered next year [laughs]. The cool thing about Aquaman is that it’s an origin story, and where we start and where we end up is just going to be amazing. It really is a beautiful movie, and I feel really lucky to be part of it. James is fantastic to work with and what we shot down there in Australia was incredible.

We’ve never seen an epic adventure under the ocean like this, and we haven’t seen an undersea world like the one we’re creating in the movie. I’m already excited to watch the movie with my children, and for other kids to see it. My son plays with Batman non-stop and it’ll be cool to see what he thinks now that there are Aquaman action figures. I haven’t made too many movies that my children have gotten to watch, so I’m really looking forward to that.

Why do you think it is about these Super Heroes that continues to resonate with people all over the world for generation after generation?

What I love about the Super Hero phenomenon in general is that I think having heroes who are so aspirational really helps people overcome adversities in their own lives. They help us believe in ourselves – and all of us need that. We all need to be inspired, and these characters teach us that we too can be heroes; we too can help others, and try to make this world we’re in a better place.

Binge-watch “Channel Zero” To Get In The Mood For Halloween

With Halloween just two weeks away, start getting in the mood by binge-watching Channel Zero, an anthology series where each season is based on a ‘creepypasta’ – a term for horror-related legends passed around the internet.

The first season follows Mike Painter’s growing obsession with the children’s television program, Candle Cove, a creepy puppet show from the 1980s with a disturbing connection to a deadly unsolved mystery from his childhood.

Executive producers Nick Antosca (Hannibal) and Max Landis (Chronicle, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency) were inspired by Candle Cove, a Kris Straub creepypasta hailed by The Verge as “one of the internet’s best scary stories… a perfectly dark spin on our nostalgia for the half-remembered stories of our childhood, that realization that the things we liked as kids were much, much creepier than we thought.”

At the time of writing, the TV series has a 96% critics rating and an 89% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes. i09 called it, “Essential viewing if you dig stories like Stranger Things and It…  relentlessly, wonderfully terrifying,” while Bloody Disgusting hailed it as “one of the best surprises in the horror genre this year.”

As i09 wrote, the real-world imagery in Candle Cove is almost as unsettling as Mike’s fevered, Candle Cove induced visions, from “a bully who breaks wee fingers like they are candy canes; kids who conceal knives beneath their homemade pirate costumes; sibling rivalry that suddenly escalates to disembowelment.” But it’s the hungry Tooth Child –  a creature made entirely of human teeth – that’s most likely to stay on in your nightmares (and win you Best Costume this Halloween).

Earlier this year, Channel Zero: Candle Cove was nominated for both Best TV Series at Fangoria and the Saturn Award for Best Presentation on TV by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.

At Fangoria, Paul Schneider (Bright Star) was also nominated for Best TV Actor as Mike and Fiona Shaw (True Blood, Harry Potter) was up for Best Supporting Actress as his mother Marla, while Luca Villacis scooped a Young Entertainer Awards nomination for Best Leading Young Actor 14 & Under for his dual roles as the young Mike and his twin Eddie.

Binge-watch the complete six-episode series of Channel Zero: Candle Cove first and only on Showmax in Africa.

Original And Imaginative Inxeba Triumphs At London Film Festival

South African film ‘Inxeba’ (The Wound) has won the Sutherland Award, which recognises the director of the most original and imaginative first feature, at the British Film Institute (BFI) London Film Festival. The award, announced on Saturday, 14 October, went to John Trengove, with the prize jury describing the film as a “dynamic and inimitable coming-of-age story that takes a heart-breaking look at masculinity and sexuality.”

‘Inxeba’ is a powerful exploration of masculinity and unspoken queer desire set in the remote mountains of South Africa’s Eastern Cape.  The ‘first feature’ competition jury said of ‘Inxeba’: “Among a strong field of debut features, we found ourselves enamoured by the urgency, vitality and originality of ‘The Wound’.

The winner was announced by the jury president, composer and producer, Melissa Parmenter. Parmenter’s fellow jurors were freelance film writer and editor Kaleem Aftab; the multi-award-winning actors Jason Isaacs and Helen McCrory and the filmmaker and Turner Prize-nominated artist Isaac Julien CBE, who’s work (Ten Thousand Waves) was featured as part of the opening collection of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa.

In his acceptance speech, Trengove said that the BFI London Film Festival had long been a beacon on his horizon. “I’d like to single out one person tonight – Nakhane Toure, our lead actor” he said. “It’s the most rewarding part of what I do, when I’ve struggled with a character on the page for so long, to one day be standing in front of that one person, in the flesh, who embodies everything I imagined and so much more. And, in the case of The Wound, this moment also became a political act. We created a character who mirrors the experiences of marginalised queer South Africans who have been erased from our cinema for far too long. This is our greatest achievement.”

Producer Elias Ribeiro noted that the last time a South African filmmaker has been awarded the Sutherland trophy was in 1991. “We feel truly honoured to follow in the footsteps of masterpieces of contemporary world cinema such as Zeitlin’s ‘Beasts of The Southern Wild’, Chen’s ‘Ilo Ilo’, Slaboshpytskiy’s ‘The Tribe’ and, more recently, my favourite film of 2016, Julia Ducournau’s ‘Raw’,” said Ribeiro. “We hope to inspire young storytellers to take risks and strive to be authentic and truthful to their voices.”

Meanwhile, the film’s winning streak continued at home too, with ‘Inxeba’ bagging the International Jury Award for Best Feature Film at the 2017 Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, which was held from 3 to 11 October.

“The DGLFF is a well-established festival which has been running for 7 years now, making this latest win for the film especially rewarding,” says Trengove. “We were up against films from the US, Belgium, Ireland, and Canada, to mention a few. We are extremely honoured and grateful to the jury for their support and belief in the film.”

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Couch Conversation Series At Cape Town Film Festival And Filmmart

The two-a-day CTIFM&F COUCH CONVERSATION SERIES (17 – 20 October 2017) will be a first of its sorts for the South African film festival and market landscape. Here we will get to chat to some of the biggest names in our industry’s different disciplines, in an intimate, no frills fashion – as if we were on the couch at each other’s homes. This series will address the backstory to “it” all. The overnight “success” that took 25 years, 10 years, might still be going… Not only will this honest conversation series shed light on the humanness that’s behind that which we call SHOW BUSINESS but remind us that with great power comes great responsibility, challenges, ups and downs, heart AND ultimately the stuff that dreams are made of.


THE TALE OF THE WORLD’S A STAGE (14h00 – 15h00) in conversation with  Antoinette Louw, Christia Visser, Elana Afrika & Lee-Ann van Rooi.

Moderated by Louw Venter.

“There’s absolutely nothing special about her acting. She’s not particularly attractive. I can’t stand her. She is over 40. She is under 30. She is fat. She is too thin….” These ladies have heard it all but still they raise the bar higher. They keep going and despite some who want to see them fail, and even when they have, they simply don’t make it their problem. So is it failure or just something that didn’t work out? So with that in mind, what else can we learn about these incredible actresses behind their proverbial closed doors and their coping mechanisms that translates and transcended through their performances and into our hearts.

THE TALE OF HOW BEHIND EVERY ACTOR IS A DIE HARD AGENT AND CASTING DIRECTOR – OR NOT (16h00 – 17h00) in conversation with Christa Schamberger Young, Adrian Galley and Suzanne Smith Boje.

Moderated by Adrian Galley (SAG).

In Hollywood the casting director is recognized as a vital ingredient in the filmmaking process and casting directors will get up front credits next to the cinematographers, editors, screenwriters and other crafts people. Finally this important group of people are getting the recognition they’ve been fighting for, for years. With this in mind, meet casting agent Christia Schamberger Young and get some insight too from the acting agent who finds the talent to send to the casting director to begin with, Suzanne Smith Boje from Stella talent. And then there’s the actor’s perspective, and who better but multi-talented Adrian Galley (Zulu & Labyrinth as well as Vice-Chair SAG) to give us just that.

THE TALE OF THE MULTI FACETED DIRECTOR (18h00 – 19h00) in conversation with Uga Carlini (Alison) & Brett Michael Innes (Sink).

Moderated by Rob van Vuuren as Twakkie from the Cornè en Twakkie Show…

At this year’s SAFTA’s we saw several examples of the same name pop up in different categories under some of South Africa’s favourite nominated films. This tells us that a new breed of director has emerged, that of which versititily, a bag of tools bigger than life itself and a spirit to match is required to make it as part of that small percentage of films that actually got made. We all have our challenges but can everyone PLEASE not be so serious…


THE TALE OF THE SOUND OF MUSIC (14h00 – 15h00) in conversation with  Loki Rothman, James Matthes, Mapumba Cilombo, Michael Broomberg.

Moderated by Donovan Copley.

Sound maestro Loki goes nowhere without his guitar and his very guitar will be doing most of the talking from the couch! Right next to him is another multi talented maestro, Mapumba; composer, instrumentalist, Afro-musicologist, vocalist and performer.  Jet setter and Foley Artist Michael Broomberg (Hancock, Spider-Man 3, War of the Worlds & Alison) choose to return to South Africa recently to bring his expertise and wealth of knowledge back to African shores while composer James Matthes (Vehicle 19 and the highly anticipated Five Fingers of Marseilles) between scoring and composing, also became a first time dad while managing to still be a husband as well. The show must go on but so does life. In the delicate and sensory world of sound design and music, what counts? What doesn’t? What shouldn’t? And why should any of it matter? What or who drives these men to make it and make it sound just right too?

THE TALE OF THE WEAVERS (18h00 – 19h00) in conversation with  colourist David Grant (Shepherd’s and Butcher’s), editor Saki Bergh (Die Antwoord & Wonderboy for President) and FX gurus Craig Parker (Mad Max Fury Road) & Jason Human (Blade Runner 2049, Skollie).

Moderated by Stuart Forest.

For the post team there is a lot to be done as all the arts are being practiced. They work with light, color, music, words, shapes, and movement to tell the story. They choreograph, compose and conduct. Multi award winning editor Saki Bergh, the weaver behind most of Die Antwoord’s music videos and Left Post production’s Loerie collection; colourist David Grant from Searle Street; FX Wizard, owner of Motif Craig Parker and freelance FX artist, illustrator, designer, fresh from Blade Runner 2049 and multi award winning Skollie,  speak to edit veteran, Mama Edit Ronelle Loots about that which makes them tick, copy, paste where, what and how and why we should care that their favourite colour might just be rainbow. We will also discover that despite the rainbow, how at the end of each of their rainbows, is a pot filled with demons and challenges of their own and how sometimes there’s a reason they prefer the darkness of their post rooms and their world to escape into.


THE TALE OF THE FILM CRITICS (14h00 – 15h00) in conversation with  Laetitia Pople, Katie Reynolds, Theresa Smith, Alin Tasciyan (President of FRIPRECI).

Moderated by Ilza Roggeband.

The movie critic wants the same as anyone else, to be entertained, emotionally engaged and have their perceptions challenged. They want a well crafted movie, and as with all audiences – they want something that in some way surprises them or is fresh and new. Anyhow, it’s the same story for filmmakers really. They need objectivity/impartiality, good judgement and an understanding of how various audiences appreciate movies. This is all good and well but what rally makes them tick. Which movies on the local and international scene struck a chord with them personally, changed them even, even if only a little and how? And what can we do to make more of THOSE kind of movies from THIS perspective.

THE TALE OF TWO BROTHERS (18h00 – 19h00) in conversation with Sharlto and Donovan Copley.

Moderated by Uga Carlini.

Even though Sharlto and Donavon operate in different spheres of the same umbrella, each has had their unique journey but with an invisible thread of “Copleyness”. But what is this magic ingredient that birthed the rise of these two brothers in their own right? Was their childhood any different to ours?  What inspired them then and what inspires and keeps them going now? What’s the recipe here for that magic ingredient? Is there a recipe? Did they dream that they could do it and then they did?


THE TALE OF THE THE FILM FESTIVAL SECRETS (14h00 – 15h00) in conversation with  Leon van der Merwe, Trevor Taylor, Azza El Hosseiny (Luxor Film Festival).

Moderated by Giam Pietro Balia (Programmer @ Berlinale & Black Night of Estonia). 

Every year thousands of filmmakers unleash their true loves upon the film festival circuits of the world. It also usually costs an arm and a leg and a hell of  lot more if pride, ego and blood, sweat and tears are taken into account too. So with that in mind, let’s hear some dead-on, thoughtful advice and experiences from those in the know, and why any of this should matter or should it?

THE COUCH POTATO LUCKY PACKET (18h00 – 19h00) in conversation with…. Josie Borain (SA’s first supermodel), Schalk Burger (famous Springbok, winemaker and director of arts festival KKNK), Izelle Venter (former Huisgenoot / Drum / You editor-in-chief and now VIA channel head) and SURPRISEEEEEEEEE.

Moderated by Sharlto Copley.

The elements of filmmaking and the arts, as well as their patriots, supporters and participators, come in all shapes, sizes and chapters. Our couch potatoes have all had their stories and run-ins with the rich and famous through their very own adventures. So with that in mind, let us now once and for all say what we want to say, shout what we want to shout and call a spade a spade or a spoon if you’d like. Prepare to be entertained, shocked, and maybe even a little appalled for all the right reasons in our couch series finale. Sharlto will be asking all the wrong (and right) questions and lead where angels fear to tread and the audience gets to join in.

official couch partner CASAMENTO


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“Jigsaw” Returns To Cinemas This October

One of the highest grossing Horror franchises of all time is back and opening in cinemas on 27 October 2017, Jigsaw once again presents an intriguing plot that promises to transport you through time to when Jigsaw the man once lived.

In the first few minutes of the movie the audience is immediately drawn into the Jigsaw killer’s signature brand of twisted scenarios, which in this instalment is taken to the next level.

As bodies start mysteriously appearing around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise, police become increasingly suspicious. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one suspect: John Kramer, the man known as Jigsaw, who has been dead for ten years.

Directors’ Michael and Peter Spierig do a spectacular job of ensuring the audience is never left bored or withdrawn from the movie. The twin brothers’ – previously known for movies like Predestination (2014), Daybreakers (2009) and Undead (2003), bring to life the gruesome empire of what is known as Saw through the years.

Classification: 18HLV
Running time: 1h 31min
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery

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The Blue Mauritius Takes On New Talent & D Street Gets Bullish On South Africa

The much-anticipated heist film ‘The Blue Mauritius’ is back on track with its new producing partner Benaroya Pictures, the company behind such hit films as Lawless, The Words, Margin Call, and Queen of the Desert with Nicole Kidman, James Franco and Robert Pattinson of Twilight fame.

The film is also getting a new cast member by way of Anthony Mackie, the American superstar who burst onto the scene with his brilliant performance in The Hurt Locker, directed by the incomparable Kathryn Bigelow. We saw the two pair up again this year on her critically acclaimed film Detroit.

However, most audiences around the world know Mackie from his portrayal of Falcon in the Marvel Studios franchise films Captain America and Avengers.

“I’m so pleased to be working with Michael Benaroya and his prestigious company Benaroya Pictures on The Blue Mauritius, a project that’s been a labor of love. Michael is super smart and well connected in Hollywood and after four years of false starts I can finally feel secure we’re going to get this done,” said executive producer and CEO of D Street Media Group Dexter Davis. “Anthony Mackie who I consider a real movie star brings such a fresh perspective to the cast and the character, he’s an incredibly talented, versatile actor who truly takes the project to the next level.”

The Blue Mauritius is the first film that will test D Street’s mandate to create a “star system” in South Africa. The producers cast South African actors Deon Lotz, Pearl Thusi and Nicola Breytenbach in principal roles alongside other international stars such as John Rhys-Davies, Gerard Depardieu, Thomas Kretschmann and now of course Anthony Mackie. With almost guaranteed U.S. and international distribution, D Street is betting on its South African talent becoming more recognizable to worldwide audiences.

“We believe we can achieve what 12 Years a Slave did for Lupita Nyong’o. Had it not been for her very famous co-stars Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Brad Pitt, who’s fame brought in audiences from all over the world, we may not know who Lupita Nyong’o is today,” said D Street’s president Ernest Napoleon. “What we’re proposing is not rocket science, one of the key elements to creating a star system is exposure. The more we create content like The Blue Mauritius with South African actors in prominent roles, the better our chances are to produce South African films that can be sold worldwide.”

D Street isn’t stopping with The Blue Mauritius, the company is teaming up with South African producer Grieg Buckle and his Enigma Pictures to produce the faith-based basketball film Ballin: On the Other Side of the World.

The story is about a young South African boy whose talent in basketball is discovered by an American priest during missionary work in Cape Town.

The film is yet another example of how D Street is developing content with South African storylines, while utilizing American and African talent in leading roles. The company’s relationship to Hollywood is imperative to the success of the model.

D Street Releasing, the distribution arm of D Street Media Group has made clear of its intentions to be the go to distributor to handle South African and African films that can compete with other English and foreign language films in America, and is actively looking for a content partner in South Africa to help grow that business.

“The way we see growth happening in the South African film industry is from the outside in. Indeed, creating a star system will be a huge part of that, but more importantly we think utilizing America’s more than 40,000 screens as a home for South African films is strategic and central to the plan. If France can generate an almost $100MM annual box-office take in America, there’s no reason why South African films can’t do at least half that business,” said Davis. “South Africa has to think bigger about being a global player in film and cannot depend on its own screens to build its industry. The country has the talent and the knowhow. Hopefully it has the will to be bold as it has in other industries. Obviously, D Street wants to be a big part of that.”

My Kitchen Rules SA: NIcole And Zamatonga Eliminated

Nicole and Zamatonga crumble under Instant Restaurant pressure

Tonight on My Kitchen Rules SA, foodie friends from Durban, Nicole and Zamatonga, became the second couple to be eliminated from the series. The best friends, who have not been shy to share their opinions around the previous Instant Restaurant tables of their competitors unfortunately missed the mark right from the start of their evening. The final score from their fellow contestants and celebrity judges David Higgs and J’Something came to a disappointing total of 51 out of 100 – a discouraging 8 points behind “meat guys” OG and G who occupied the bottom of the log after their big cook last week. With that, OG and G were safe, while Nicole and Zamatonga had to bid an emotional goodbye to the competition.

This means that Jamandi and Machiel, Charnell and Kerry, Brent and Andrew and OG and G will be joining Bruce and Claudia, Liz and Leanne, Lani and Louzel and Rein and Rowan as the eight pairs of contestants moving into the next round of the competition: MKRSA Kitchen HQ, cooking for the grand prize of R1 Million!

Nicole and Zamatonga kicked their Instant Restaurant – appropriately named “Coast” – off to a very positive start but the wheels started coming off early in the evening. Their starter of ricotta and basil ravioli with napolitana and a touch of cream fell short of expectations from a flavour point of view. Moreover, Nicole and Zamatonga decided to add bacon to the dish, which was well received but the judges could not understand why the ladies – who are also the youngest team in their group – would put a vegetarian starter on their menu, only to add meat to it. “There was a very one dimensional flavour profile. Also, the bacon definitely helped the dish, but was it a clever idea not to include it on the menu?” judge J’Something told a visibly deflated Nicole and Zamatonga.

Back in the kitchen to prepare their main meal of sous vide chicken medallions stuffed with feta and coriander, served with sweet potato and peppadew pesto, Nicole realised that she did not buy enough cream for their sauce. “I’m trying to innovate, but it’s not really working,” she admitted to an eternally optimistic Zamatonga. “I fear this dish is going to be too dry,” Nicole lamented. With stress levels peaking in the kitchen, judge J’Something came to check on the girls and ended up consoling an emotional and very teary Nicole ahead of the mains being served, as she was still reeling from the negative feedback of their starter. As expected, the response to their main meal – which they served without sauce – was not particularly positive.

“I don’t know if choosing to sous vide your chicken was the best choice,” judge David Higgs told them. The rest of the contestants agreed, with all of them feeling that their chicken was too dry. “I really feel for them,” Brent confided in his partner Andrew. “I wanted them to succeed after their first dish…” he added. With only one more course left to give themselves a fighting chance of staying in the competition, Nicole and Zamatonga returned to the kitchen to serve their adventurous dessert of a nougat and pistachio ice cream cake, which had a ricotta base instead of a custard one.

“This was creative! I really enjoyed what I saw on my plate,” J’Something raved. Both judges felt that the ricotta lent an unusual texture to the dessert which they weren’t expecting, but overall, Nicole and Zamatonga had redeemed themselves. Unfortunately, their surprising dessert was not enough to ultimately save them, however.

Next week the Top 8 pairs from both groups will enter the impressive MKRSA Kitchen HQ for the first time! What will their challenge be, and will one more team be eliminated?

My Kitchen Rules SA is broadcast on M-Net channel 101 every Sunday night at 18:00. Viewers can also visit www.mnet.tv/mkr to watch exclusive interviews with the judges and contestants, meet the new group of five couples and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @MNet / #MKRSA or on the official M-Net Facebook page.