King Kong Comes To Joburg

The iconic South African hit musical
Comes to Joburg from 12 September

From the Fugard Theatre – the South African producers of the critically acclaimed West Side Story and The Rocky Horror Show. Over half a century since the original production, Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre present a brand-new production of the iconic South African musical King Kong at Joburg Theatre from 12 September 2017.

The musical portrays the life and times of heavyweight boxer, Ezekiel Dlamini and is set to the scintillating music of Todd Matshikiza with legendary songs such as “Back of the Moon”, “King Kong” and “Sad Times, Bad Times”. The 1959 production of South Africa’s first black musical was set in Sophiatown in Johannesburg in the late-fifties and was seen by 200 000 South Africans before transferring to London’s West End, in part launching the international careers of Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela among others. Whilst remaining true to the original production, a world-class creative team and an all South African cast have revitalised King Kong for the 21st century, giving it new life.

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“Inxeba” Filmmakers Respond To Violent Threats

Multi-award-winning South African film ‘Inxeba’ (The Wound) has come under fire for its subject matter. Described by Variety magazine as “a milestone in South African cinema”, the film stars musician and novelist Nakhane Touré as Xolani, a lonely factory worker who joins the men of his community in the mountains of the Eastern Cape to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood.

A small group of individuals have launched online attacks and threats directed at the cast and crew of the film via social media. They have taken exception to the film’s setting against the backdrop of Xhosa initiation rites. There are also concerns that much of the criticism of the film – levelled by individuals who have not actually seen the film, and who are refusing to do so despite being given the opportunity by the filmmakers – is the result of hatred motivated by homophobia. The South African Constitution not only protects individuals’ rights to freedom of speech, but also outlaws discrimination based on sexual orientation.

“We view these inexcusable threats in a serious light, and we will be taking appropriate action against any individual who threatens violence or commits homophobic hate crimes,” says producer Cait Pansegrouw, of Urucu Media. “‘Inxeba’ has attracted much interest from the South African public, many of whom are eagerly anticipating its local release. From the feedback we receive daily on the film’s Faacebook page, it is clear that the people attempting to shut the film down are speaking on behalf of a minority, and do not represent the ‘entire Xhosa nation’ as they claim.”

“‘Inxeba’ was filmed in isiXhosa and is a proudly South African film that has drawn much praise from audiences around the world,” she adds. “It is a story that focusses on the complex relationship between traditional patriarchy and LGBTQ identity, issues which we believe are essential to speak about in contemporary South Africa. While we respect the decision of anyone who chooses not to watch ‘Inxeba’, we are fiercely committed to protecting the rights of South Africans who choose to view it, and make up their own minds about the value and integrity of the film.”

The filmmakers have pointed out that the film is certainly not the first to provide a glimpse into initiation rituals. Former President Nelson Mandela, in his book ‘Long Walk to Freedom’, describes at length and in detail his experience of becoming a Xhosa man. The ritual was also depicted in the feature film biopic of the same title distributed worldwide and produced by Anant Singh’s Videovision.

In ‘A Man Who Is Not a Man’, written by Thando Mgqolozana, a co-writer on ‘Inxeba’, the controversial topic of botched traditional circumcisions is covered, with the story recounting the personal trauma of a young Xhosa initiate after a rite-of-passage circumcision has gone wrong. Mgqolozana decodes the values and mysteries of this deep-seated cultural tradition and calls to account the elders for the disintegrating support systems that allow such tragic outcomes to happen.

“Where are the Xhosa cries when young boys die,” asks another of the film’s co-writers Malusi Bengu. “Where is the passion and outrage when young boys are butchered for money by chance-takers?”

Co-producer Batana Vundla has added his voice to those questioning the worrying nature of the threats of violence and death against the cast and crew. “There are a number of genuinely concerned Xhosa South Africans who are perturbed at the thought that the secret tradition of Ulwaluko has been cast open for the whole world to see. Rest assured, that has not happened. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. How some people have come to this conclusion from watching a trailer speaks volumes about the levels ignorance at play here. If anything, through the constructive dialogue brought about by the film, initiation as a traditional practice and its in role in society has been strengthened by ‘Inxeba’. I want to stress that no secrets were revealed.”

Testament to this view are the four ‘sold out’ screenings at the recent Durban International Film Festival, where ‘Inxeba’ received nothing but praise from the audience. Vundla adds that threats by homophobes and outright hate mongers have assured him that the film is and will be important for many years to come.

Musician and actor Nakhane Touré, who plays the lead in the film, has received several violent threats, including that of being burnt alive. “People have jumped to conclusions about a film they haven’t even seen. I speak as a Xhosa man who has been to initiation, and who is proud to have done so, when I say that no secrets are revealed. What is being revealed instead, is a violent homophobia. Those issuing threats are nowhere to be seen when Xhosa initiates are sexually assaulted during initiation. Where are you madoda when babies are raped in our communities? Where is your anger when women are raped and murdered? The answer is nowhere. Instead, you choose to attack an important and insightful film that I do not for a single moment regret being part of.”

Fellow actor Niza Jay says ‘Inxeba’ is a significant moment in our history as a country. “The film and the different reactions it is eliciting point to the urgent need for us to find better ways of raising men and for men to come up with healthy, realistic ways of relating to one another. I maintain that anyone who makes a final judgement about the film without watching it needs to re-evaluate how they form opinions; it is dangerous and irresponsible to interact with a film – or any other contemporary issue – in this disturbingly aggressive manner.

“It is also disappointing that so many young people are not realising the opportunity for positive conversation and action, which could be initiated by ‘Inxeba’. It’s even more troubling to see them encouraging the silencing and violent erasure of discourse that is offered by the film. To anyone who thinks you have a right to harass and threaten another human being, I say that highlights just how unsafe our society is at present.”

Producer Elias Ribeiro adds: “There is a wide misconception that ‘Inxeba’ is a commercial enterprise and that those involved are getting rich from the exploitation of sacred customs. This is absolutely untrue. ‘Inxeba’ is a passion project for all of us. The film was made with a modest budget, and all individuals who participated did so out of a strong personal belief in what the film is saying, rather than being motivated by financial gain.”

The filmmakers have noted that ‘Inxeba’ was made with the local support of the National Film and Video Foundation, an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, the Department of Trade and Industry and M-Net, and has received a 16LS approval rating by the Film and Publications Board of South Africa. It will have a limited Foreign Language Academy Award qualifying run from 15 September, and a nationwide release in February 2018.

The filmmakers are inviting interested individuals to watch the film and will be engaging with the appropriate stakeholders and representatives over the next few weeks to inform the debate.

Charlize Goes Nuclear In “Atomic Blonde” This August

Fight, Kiss, Kill

Opening in IMAX® cinemas from the 18th of August and nationally on the 25th of August, this American action spy thriller will expose you to the deadly underworld of secret agents and the art of espionage. Based on The Coldest City, the 2012 graphic novel by Antony Johnston and Sam Hart, the movie uses the backdrop of the brutal and deadly period of 1980s Berlin.

South African born actress Charlize Theron plays the role of Lorraine Broughton – an undercover MI6 agent who is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents. The movie also stars Sofia Boutella and James McAvoy and is solely directed by David Leitch – which is his first solo credit as director, after co-directing John Wick with Chad Stahelski.

Broughton takes the viewer back to 1989, on the eve of the collapse of the Berlin Wall. She is ordered to cooperate with Berlin station chief David Percival (James McAvoy), and the two form an uneasy alliance, unleashing their full arsenal of skills in pursuing a threat that jeopardises the West’s entire intelligence operation.

Both Theron and McAvoy outperform themselves in the movie’s hard-hitting fight scenes with Theron cracking two teeth while filming. The movie took five years to complete and during that time Theron had eight personal trainers to help her master her intensely physical performance. She also trained with Keanu Reeves who was preparing for John Wick: Chapter 2.

Classification: 16 LV
Running time: 1h 55min
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller

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Coming Up On My Kitchen Rules SA – 20 August 2017

Things hot up as the first group of contestants head to Krugersdorp!

In last Sunday’s premiere episode of Season 1 of My Kitchen Rules SA, South Africa was introduced to the first group of five contestants pairs vying to outcook each other and impress celebrity judges J’Something and David Higgs in order to win a whopping grand prize of R1 Million. They have a long way to go, however, as another group of 5 contestant pairs from around the country are patiently waiting for their turn to showcase their culinary chops in the same process, before the 8 pairs of highest achievers from each group move on to the MKR Kitchen HQ in Johannesburg.

Kicking off the series last week were Bloem Besties Liz and Leanne, and despite a lot of teary emotions on their part, these ladies’ fierce competitive spirit pulled them through and earned them an impressive score of 69 out of 100 from their fellow home cook competitors and the judges. They set the tone for the season by drawing inspiration from their farm roots, preparing starters and mains that focused on locally-sourced beef and venison delicacies and a traditional Afrikaans “melktert” dessert with a modern twist including salted bourbon caramel popcorn!

With the bar having been set high in the City of Roses, this week will see self-confessed “food dudes”, water polo buddies Rein and Rowan from Krugersdorp – or “Krugerfornia” as they like to call it – trying to beat Liz and Leanne’s score and take the lead in the competition. “Two boys that enter potjie competitions is probably what people will think when they see us,” Rein has remarked, but can their looks be deceiving? Their fellow competitors will undoubtedly be expecting a more rugged, hearty spread this week, but could Rein and Rowan surprise them with some finesse and a delicate touch?

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, and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @MNet / #MKRSA or on the official M-Net Facebook page.

Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 20 August 2017

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 20 August 2017 at 19:04 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

*Please take note that this week’s episode will start slightly later at 19:04, and not at 19:00.*

Illegal Roadblocks

In the aftermath of the alleged murder of a young man at the hands of the Johannesburg Metro Police, Carte Blanche examines the legality of some roadblocks, unsupervised roadside stops and the power of the police to stop and detain motorists. As thousands of drivers claim unlawful abuse by officials soliciting bribes, are roadblocks a crime prevention measure or just another way to extort money from fearful motorists?

Producer: Eugene Botha
Presenter: Derek Watts
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Kynsna Animals

In the rush to escape the Kynsna fires, many people left their pets behind.  But despite the dangers, fire fighters still fought to rescue the terrified animals.  Now forensic investigators have concluded that the devastating fires were caused by human negligence which also resulted in the decimation of wildlife, livestock grazing pastures and added trauma for pet owners. How did animal welfare organizations cope with the influx of injured animals?

Producer: Michael Duffet
Presenter: John Webb

Down The Drain

Corruption, wastage and mismanagement at State-owned enterprises and in government departments – that’s the recipe costing South African taxpayers billions of rands every year.  But how much is really going down the drain? Carte Blanche tallies up the costs and the massive losses to State coffers.

Producer: Marzanne van den Berg and Anna-Maria van Niekerk
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender 

The Threat to Great White Sharks

Shark cage diving is a multi-million rand industry, bringing international tourists to the shores of Gansbaai, but for months, not a single Great White Shark could be spotted. Instead, the carcasses of four Great Whites washed ashore. Tourism waned and businesses battled to survive.  Why did the sharks disappear? Carte Blanche investigates.

Producer: Annalise Lubbe
Presenter: John Webb
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Report Card: Museums

Neglected, crumbling and broken – that was the state of some of the buildings and artefacts in many of our Museums and Heritage Sites. This week, our Report Card returns to find out whether the officials responsible have fixed the problems in our dilapidating historical sites.

Producer: Sasha Schwendenwein

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Quirky New Comedy “Liewe Kersfeesvader” To Have World Premiere At Kynknet Silwerskermfees Next Week

The quirky new Afrikaans comedy feature Liewe Kersfeesvader (“Dear Father Christmas”) will have its world premiere at the kykNET Silwerskermfees in Cape Town next Friday, 25 August.

Written and directed by Etienne Fourie (Die Windpomp, Dis Koue Kos, Skat),the film is produced by Stefan Enslin (Strikdas, Nul Is Nie Niks Nie) of Faith in Motion Productions and stars Mila Guy, Morné Visser, Milan Murray, Dean-John Smith, Terence Bridgett, June van Merch, Melt Sieberhagen and introduces Eloff Snyman as Hugo.

Mila Guy and Eloff Snyma

Shot in the sleepy Karoo hamlet of Prince Albert and reminiscent of Little Miss Sunshine and Hunt for the Wilder People, Liewe Kersfeesvader takes a hilarious peek into the life of young, feisty, reluctant beauty queen Nonnie (Mila Guy).  When her mother (Milan Murray) abandons the family for a life in the circus, and her father (Morné Visser) assumes a new identity: Father Christmas, Nonnie is suddenly flung into adulthood.  Juggling an unhinged father, an impressionable kid brother (Eloff Snyman) and a growing romance with her confidant Wouter (Dean-John Smith), Nonnie is forced to redefine her own definition of family.

“Liewe Kersfeesvader” is an incredibly personal story to me”, explains Etienne Fourie. “It deals with themes of family, the always-rocky transition from childhood to adulthood and, above all, love. It allows a glimpse into the lives of a typical, seemingly inconsequential family, that undergoes extraordinary challenges. Liewe Kersfeesvader is a story about choosing to love and accept your family, not despite but rather for their imperfections”.

Liewe Kersfeesvader is distributed by Times Media Films and opens at cinemas nationally on 17 November 2017.

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Annabelle: Creation : Review

Twelve years after the tragic death of their little girl, Bee (Samara Lee – Concussion), dollmaker Samuel Mullins (Anthony LaPaglia) and his wife, Esther (Miranda Otto – I, Frankenstein) welcome a nun, Sister Charlotte (Stephanie Sigman) and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home.

Soon the girls become the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

Known to many a horror fan, and movie-goer, Annabelle, the creepy doll possessed by demons, and bringer of dark forces brings audiences an origin story. Much like the other incarnations of the story, this latest outing keeps the story contained to the home of the Mullins. A place that feels like it has deteriorated parallel to the happiness of the family that lives there.

Pertinent to the story, the large house takes on a slightly sinister feel, as Samuel has stopped creating, Esther remains in her bedroom all day, and something dwells in the dark.

As the story unfolds, there is a sense of foreboding that becomes all the more perceptible. However, one would certainly question the choices and actions of many of the younger characters. While they all know The Lord, and are most likely assuming his protection, they tend to gravitate towards the danger that is ever present, instead of moving themselves, as a group, to a place that would afford some safety.

As for visual effects, some do feel slightly apart from the film, not really grounding themselves in the real world shown on screen.

But, let those not be a deterrent. Annabelle: Creation answers many questions about the evil doll, and is certainly an above average horror, entertaining viewers with a plot that is not too complex, filling in events, and likely to make any subsequent views of Annabelle (the original) take on a slightly new dimension.

Some cheap jump-scares, some palpable tension, and story that provides an escape, Annabelle: Creation opens 18 August 2017 in South African cinemas.

 

The Academy Delves Into Latin American Film With Expansive Project “From Latin America To Hollywood: Latino Film Culture In Los Angeles, 1967-2017”

Special guests include Lourdes Portillo, Cheech Marin, Guillermo del Toro and Edward James Olmos

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present From Latin America to Hollywood: Latino Film Culture in Los Angeles, 1967–2017, a series of film screenings, live conversations, oral histories, publications and a dedicated website exploring the shared influences of Latino and Latin American filmmakers and the work they created or presented in Los Angeles during the past half-century.  The screening series, which runs from September 16, 2017 through January 18, 2018, is a part of the Academy’s participation in the Getty-led Southern California-wide arts initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.

Guest-curated by Oscar®-nominated documentarian Lourdes Portillo, From Latin America to Hollywood focuses on the social, cultural and political environment of the 1960s that sparked the Chicano and New Latin American cinema movements.  The program highlights an extensive series of 25 oral histories of such notable Latino and Latin American filmmakers as Alfonso Cuarón, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Gregory Nava, Lucrecia Martel, Patricia Cardoso and Luis Valdez, offering a rare opportunity for audiences to experience their perspectives firsthand.  As part of the screening series, the directors’ films will be presented together with public conversations about filmmaking and, in some cases, will premiere new Academy Film Archive restorations. The Academy’s oral history interviews were filmed between May 2014 and September 2016 and can be viewed on the Academy’s website here beginning September 15.

The Academy’s publication for the project, titled From Latin America to Hollywood: Latino Film Culture in Los Angeles 1967-2017, explores the intersections, inspirations, and creative intentions of a wide-ranging group of Latino and Latin American filmmakers through the gathering, and close reading, of their oral histories, by an acclaimed group of scholars and writers. The book will be available for free digital download here beginning September 15.

In addition, From Latin America to Hollywood: A Public Symposium, will feature three panel discussions, “The Historical Latino in Hollywood,” “LA/LA and the New Cinema” and “How do Latinas Experience Hollywood?,” which will explore themes raised by the oral history subjects and publication contributors, including issues of origins and identity, borders and migration, choice of language, translation, and emerging voices.

Tickets for the symposium and screening series go on sale September 5 and can be purchased here.  Additional screenings to be announced.

The series is as follows:

NEWFILMMAKERS LA IN FOCUS: LATINO AND HISPANIC CINEMA SHOWCASE
Saturday, September 16 – 4:15 p.m.
Linwood Dunn Theater, Hollywood
Presented by NEWFILMMAKERS Los Angeles and AMPAS, in partnership with the SAG-AFTRA Diversity Committee and NALIP.

FROM LATIN AMERICA TO HOLLYWOOD: A PUBLIC SYMPOSIUM
“The Historical Latino in Hollywood” and “LA/LA and the New Cinema”
Saturday, September 23 – 2 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills
Featuring the authors of From Latin America to Hollywood: Latino Film Culture in Los Angeles 1967-2017.

FROM LATIN AMERICA TO HOLLYWOOD: A PUBLIC SYMPOSIUM
“How Do Latinas Experience Hollywood?”
Saturday, September 23 – 7 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills
Featuring Documentarian Lourdes Portillo, directors Aurora Guerrero, Patricia Riggen and Fina Torres, producer Monica Reina, publicist Ivette Rodriguez, writers Gabriella Tagliavini and Ligiah Villalobos (schedules permitting).

ZOOT SUIT (1981)
Monday, September 25 – 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills
With Archive restoration of Valdez short, I AM JOAQUIN (1969). Director Luis Valdez and actors Edward James Olmos, Alma Martinez, Tony Plana in person (schedules permitting).

Y TU MAMA TAMBIÉN (2001)
Monday, October 2, 2017 – 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills
Special guests to be announced.

HOLLYWOOD HOME MOVIES: LA/LA Special Edition
Saturday, October 7, 2017 – 7:30 p.m.
Linwood Dunn Theater, Hollywood
Home movies from the Academy Film Archive featuring Gilbert Roland, Desi Arnaz, Delores Del Río and more.

BORN IN EAST L.A. (1987) 30TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING
Monday, October 9, 2017– 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills
Actors Cheech Marin, Daniel Stern and Kamala Lopez in person (schedules permitting).

LA BAMBA (1987) 30TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING
Saturday, October 14 – 5:00 p.m.
La Plaza Cultura y Artes, Downtown
Actors Lou Diamond Phillips and Esai Morales in person (schedules permitting).

REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES (2001)
Monday, October 16 – 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills
Director Patricia Cardoso, producer Effie Brown, and actors Soledad St. Hilaire and screenwriter Josefina Lopez (schedules permitting).

KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN (1985)
Monday, October 23 – 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwin Theater, Beverly Hills
Featuring clips from the Academy’s Oral History project
Producer David Weissman in person (schedules permitting).

DRACULA (1931) Spanish Language Version
Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 2 p.m.
Linwood Dunn Theater, Hollywood
Family screening with a LAUREL & HARDY Spanish language short.  Producers Pancho Kohner, Paul Weitz and actress Susan Kohner (schedules permitting).

PAN’S LABYRINTH (2006)
Monday, October 30 – 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills
Director Guillermo del Toro and producer Bertha Navarro in person (schedules permitting).

LA CIÉNAGA (2001)
Monday, November 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills
Special guests to be announced.

WIKIPEDIA EDIT-A-THON
Saturday, November 4 – 11am-4pm
Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
As part of the Academy’s programs for Pacific Standard Time LA/LA, participants in this event will help create new Wikipedia entries related to Latin American filmmakers and their films, and update existing records.

STRAWBERRY AND CHOCOLATE (1993)
Monday, November 13 – 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills
Actors Jorge Perugorria and Mirta Ibarra in person (schedules permitting).

LOS PEQUEÑOS GIGANTES (LITTLE GIANTS) (1960)
Saturday, November 18 – 2:00 p.m.
Linwood Dunn Theater, Hollywood
Academy Film Archive restoration and family screening
Special guests Ángel Macías and José Maiz García (schedules permitting).

STAND AND DELIVER (1988)
Saturday, November 18 – 7:00 p.m.
Linwood Dunn Theater, Hollywood
Family screening with actors Edward James Olmos and Lou Diamond Phillips in person (schedules permitting).

AMORES PERROS (2000)
Monday, November 20, 2017 –  7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills
Actor Goya Toledo in person (schedules permitting).

DANZÓN (1991)
Monday, November 27 – 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills
Cinematographer Rodrigo Garcia in person (schedules permitting).

DEEP CRIMSON (1996)
Monday, December 4 – 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills
New Uncensored Mexican Archive version.
Director Arturo Ripstein and screenwriter Paz Alicia Garciadiego in person (schedules permitting).

EL NORTE (1983)
Monday, December 11 – 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills
Director/story Gregory Nava, producer/screenwriter Anna Thomas and actor Zaide Silvia Gutiérez in person (schedules permitting).

El Norte (1983) was restored in 2017 by the Academy Film Archive, supported in part by the Getty Foundation.

Fast-paced Action Lined Up For 4DX And Xtreme

Nu Metro has confirmed that THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD will start showing in its ground-breaking 4DX cinemas from this Friday, 18 August. These revolutionary multi-sensory theatres, exclusive to Nu Metro nationwide, include environmental effects synchronised with Dolby 7.1 sound and crystal-clear RealD projection.

This kickass new comedy action/thriller also starts showing in Nu Metro’s Xtreme cinemas from Friday – where it will envelop moviegoers with big Dolby Atmos sound and larger-than-life cinema screens, to view this action showstopper with the best world-class audio-visual quality possible.

About THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD in Nu Metro 4DX (from 18 August 2017):

4DX will give cinemagoers a jolt of multi-sensory power, and make them a part of the action in THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD – starring Samuel L Jackson and Ryan Reynolds. The seats will move in sync with the car chases; air and water bursts will make the gunshots and other action moves come to life in sync with the on-screen action. 4DX deploys these effects along with wind, fog and other unique ambient experiences to take movie fans to a new level of immersive entertainment.

Movies are now no longer bound by their visual and aural limits. 4DX is the next step in the movie-going evolution, taking audiences on a journey into the full feature film.

The 4DX cinema experience can be found at Nu Metro Emperors Palace (Jhb), Hyde Park (Jhb), Menlyn Park (Pta), V&A Waterfront (CT) and The Pavilion (Dbn). Nu Metro is the first and only cinema group to premier the revolutionary 4DX cinema format in Africa.

About THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD in Nu Metro Xtreme (from 18 August 2017):

Nu Metro Xtreme features Premium Large Format-screens, showcasing films with spectacular effect on the largest, brightest screens in the country. This superior screen quality is combined with the latest cinema audio systems at the upper end of technological advancement, moving beyond the confines of “stereo” or “surround” sound from the past.

Dolby Atmos and Auro 11.1 3D sound deliver full all-around sound, including overhead speakers; sound objects can literally be moved around in 3D space through speaker equipment installed above-spec. The best in sound amplifies the crispest, clearest RealD projection systems along with 4K Ultra High Definition visual quality in Xtreme cinemas.

THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD in Xtreme will shake cinemagoers in their seats with Big sound on massive cinema screens, and give them a movie experience like no other – delivering the film with impact as the filmmakers intended. Nu Metro Xtreme is made for movie fans who want the best in sound and image, and beyond – which can only be showcased in a large-format movie theatre environment.

Xtreme is located at Nu Metro Canal Walk (largest screen in the Western Cape), Clearwater Mall (Johannesburg), Menlyn Park (Pretoria), The Glen (Johannesburg) and the recently-opened Ballito Junction (largest screen in KwaZulu-Natal). Nu Metro Xtreme incorporates three of the four Dolby Atmos cinemas currently operating in South Africa.

For more cinema info, showtimes and to book tickets for THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD in 4DX or Xtreme, call 0861-CINEMA (246362) or go to numetro.co.za

Read the SAMDB review of The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Read about SAMDB at the Xtreme launch

Read about SAMDB at the 4DX launch

*Premium pricing applies to 4DX and Xtreme; loyalty discounts are not applicable.

**Standard pricing and discounts apply to all other cinemas showing the film.

Akin Omotoso’s Award-Winning Feature “Vaya” To Screen At Silwerskermfees Ahead Of Limited Oscar Qualifying Release On 15 September

Akin Omotoso’s award-winning feature film Vaya will screen at the kykNET Silwerskermfees in Cape Town next week ahead of a limited, Oscar qualifying release in cinemas on 15 September.  Vaya is one of the films being submitted for consideration as South Africa’s official submission for next year’s Oscars.

Vaya had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016 before going on to screen at several prestigious film festivals, including the Berlin International Film Festival, the Sydney International Film Festival and the New York African Film Festival.   Most recently, Vaya scooped Best Screenplay and Best Director at the Africa Movie Academy awards in addition to Best South African Feature Film at this year’s Durban International Film Festival.

Helmed by Akin Omotoso, Vaya is produced by Rethabile Molatela Mothobi, Robbie Thorpe, Harriet Perlman, Ronnie Apteker, Matthew Moodley, Jan du Plessis, Cecil Barry and Akin Omotoso.  The film stars Mncedisi Shabangu, Sigle Csaba, Sibusiso Msimang, Zimkihitha Nyoka, Azwile Chamane, Warren Masemola, Nomonde Mbusi.

One train. Four people. Strangers bound for Johannesburg, each on their own mission.  But one event will irrevocably change their lives forever.  Based on real stories, Vaya weaves three separate plots that intersect in a gripping, edgy and deeply moving story about coming to the city and the struggles to survive in the metropolis.  It is about strangers who never meet, but share a moment when all their lives explode and change forever.

Vaya is the product of The Homeless Writer’s Project, set up by producers Robbie Thorpe and Harriet Perlman, and comprising David Majoka, Tshabalala Leboneng, Anthony Marella and Maddi Natali, who meet once a week to share stories and ideas.  These lived experiences were written down and crafted into a film script.

Vaya is distributed in South Africa by Times Media Films and goes on general release on 27 October 2017.