South African Film WIns Three US Film Festivals

The Forgotten Kingdom, produced by Cape Town based ZenHQ Films and Johannesburg based Binary Film Works in partnership with Black Kettle Films and Strongman in New York, has won the Audience Award for Best Film at the Ashland Independent Film Festival, and the Florida and Sarasota Film Festivals. The film has also been selected into competition at the Seattle International Film Festival and has been selected to screen at the Durban International Film Festival in July.

Written and directed by Andrew Mudge, The Forgotten Kingdom follows the story of Atang, an angry young man who leaves the hustle of Johannesburg to return to his ancestral land of Lesotho to bury his estranged father. The film stars Zenzo Ngqobe (Rhythm City, Tsotsi), Nozipho Nkelemba (Rhythm City, Plein Street), and South Africa’s legendary actor Jerry Mofokeng. It marks the first feature film for Binary Film Works, who was brought into the production by ZenHQ Films.

The Forgotten Kingdom is the first feature film to be shot in and about Lesotho, and is being sold internationally through The Little Film Company, and in South Africa through My Movies Sales.


New Artists Announced For 55th La Biennale di Venezia

The Department of Arts and Culture and the National Arts Festival
recently announced the initial line-up of artists for La Biennale di Venezia which opens at the end of May in Venice.

There have been some additional artists that have been added to
the impressive original list that will now form part of the 2013 South African Pavilion at the 55th La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition is entitled Imaginary Fact – Contemporary South African Art and the Archive.

Gerhard Marx, Maja Marx and Philip Miller recall The Truth and
Reconciliation Commission, through the creation of an installation of seven films with audio; using the source material from their theatre production Rewind: A Cantata for Voice, Tape and Testimony.

James Webb will translate and transform T.Rex’s 1972 glam rock hit,
Children of the Revolution into a South African protest song for

Zanele Muholi has recently made headlines for winning the international Freedom of Expression Index Award in cknowledgment
of the significance of her work in the field of black queer visibility. She will exhibit the entire archive to date, of her seminal Faces and Phases.

In addition to the exhibition mounted on the first level of the
Sale D’Armi in the iconic Arsenale; Venetian authorities have granted permission for an exciting series of public performances to take place within public spaces of the city. Athi-Patra Ruga, Donna Kukama, Kemang wa Lehulere and Nelisiwe Xaba will each interrogate, in some way, the critical concerns of contemporary
archival practice. Kukama and wa Lehulere will adapt existing work specifically for the occasion of the Biennale. Ruga will present his latest incantation of The White Women of Azania, with 4 performers sourced from Venice; and Xaba will perform an extention of her Saartjie Baartman project, entitled Venus in Venice.

Exhibition curator Brenton Maart says “We are pleased to have
finalised the list of artists, and the addition of important photography, multi-media installations and performances will help South African cultural production within these three significant developments in international contemporary art”.

The full list of South African artists taking part includes Andrew
Putter, Athi-Patra Ruga, Cameron Platter, David Koloane, Donna Kukama, Gerhard Marx, Maja Marx, Philip Miller, James Webb, Joanne Bloch, Johannes Phokela, Kemang wa Lehulere, Nelisiwe Xaba, Penny Siopis, Sam Nhlengethwa, Sue Williamson, Wim Botha and Zanele Muholi.

The 55th International Art Exhibition will take place in Venice
from 1 June to 24 November 2013, and the South African Pavilion is curated this year by the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown. The title chosen by Exhibition Director Massimiliano Gioni for the 55th Biennale is Il Palazzo Enciclopedico / The Encyclopaedic Palace.


The Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary 2013: Call For Applications

The Theatre Arts Admin Collective invites applications for the 2013 Theatre Arts Admin Collective’s Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary. This year, 2 bursaries are on offer, supported in partnership with the Baxter Theatre Centre and Distell.

The Bursary offers an emerging theatre director a mentor, a small
budget, a month’s rehearsal space and a week of performance at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective. It is recommended that directors work with already existing scripts as the month-long period has proved insufficient for devised work.

Previous winners of this bursary include Amy
Jephta, Tara Louise Notcutt, Asanda Phewa, Leopold Senekal, Pusetso Thibedi, Kim Kerfoot, Tsepo wa-Mamatu, Thando Doni, Nicola Elliott, Lidija Marelic and Khayelihle Dom Gumede.

“It is so rare to have a space dedicated to one’s growth as a young director, let alone one which provides the close support required to foster growth within individuals,” said Khayelihle Dom Gumede, one of the 2012 winners. “With the bursary I was faced with a unique opportunity to immerse myself in the creative process and deal with the pragmatics of the production rather than extraneous elements” he added.

“Now there aren’t many spaces that can grant you that freedom to just do a show and also learn while working, because the bursary does not only teach you how to put up shows; but there are other aspects that are involved such as budgeting, casting, basically running a show on your own which is what the industry is like in
reality” explained Thando Doni, another 2012 winner.

The 2013 bursaries will run over two periods:
Bursary 1: 15th July – 17th August 2013
Bursary 2: 28th October – 30th November 2013

The Bursary is specifically designed for emerging theatre directors who have had some experience in directing and whose passion is to have a career as a theatre director.

If you are an emerging director and would like to grab this opportunity please submit: a 1-page creative proposal; your CV including 2 references with contact details; and indication of your preferred date to by Friday 10th May 2013. The Bursary winners will be announced on Friday 24th May 2013.


Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show

FROM 10 JULY 2013
TUE – FRI 8PM | SAT 4 & 8PM at The Fugard

rocky-horror-posterThis saucy, racy musical, which features hits like “Science Fiction/Double Feature”, “Dammit, Janet!”,  “Sweet Transvestite” and the infamous “The Time Warp” and “Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me” tells the story of a newly engaged couple, Brad and Janet, getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite scientist unveiling his new creation, a muscle man named
Rocky Horror. There they meet some of the strangest creations on the planet.

The production, which has gathered a world-wide following with its hilarious adult content and story line, features a stunning, all local cast and will be directed by Matthew Wild. Designers on the production are Tina Driedijk and Penny Simpson with musical direction and supervision by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and Stefan Lombard.

The Fugard Theatre will be transformed to bring you the Rocky experience of a lifetime! Get dressed in your best gear and come and enjoy this madcap, musical romp!

The Rocky Horror Show stars Brendan Van Rhyn, Paul Du Toit, Jenny Stead, Pierre Van Heerden, Adrian Galley, Andrew Laubscher, Daneel Van Der Walt, Dominique Maher, Lucy Tops, Shaun Smit, Jenna Robinson Child & Angela Inglis.

The production is not suitable for children younger than 16.

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Santa’s Story – Back By Popular Demand

15 – 26 MAY 2013
TUES – SAT 8PM | SUN 3PM At the Fugard.

Santa's Story - at the FugardSanta’s Story returns to the Fugard Studio following a successful run at the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square in Johannesburg. Santa’s Story is a moving, one woman show depicting Santa Pelham`s journey of courage and hope through discrimination to heart breaking losses. Her daughter, well known singer Aviva Pelham, performs this meaningful story of hope and inspiration with wonderful
Klesmer music in the Fugard Studio.

Award winning Aviva Pelham is one of South Africa’s foremost performing aritsts, having distinguished herself in countless starring roles in opera, operetta, and musicals and concert. Her vibrant personality and outstanding voice have shone on the stages of major theatres locally as well as in London, Paris and Israel.

Ms Pelham has been nominated in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in Music Theatre and/or a Musical for her role in Santa’s Story. Santa’s Story returns to the Fugard Studio Theatre due to overwhelming popular demand after an initial sold out season in 2012.

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