Award-winners Announced At 34th Durban International Film Festival

The 34th edition of the Durban International Film Festival, with principal funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund,  this evening (Saturday, July 27) announced its award-winners, prior to the screening of the closing film Free Angela – And All Political Prisoners at the Suncoast CineCentre Cinema. Presenting the award for Best Feature Film to the film The Land of Hope, the International Jury commended Sion Sono for a film that “masterfully and humbly draws together an array of cinematic means of expression to engage us in a story”. The Best Feature Film award carries with it a cash prize of R50 000.

The international Jury, which comprised of Egyptian curator and festival programmer Sherif Awad, renowned festival programmer Paolo Bertolin, South African filmmaker Sarah Blecher, film curator June Givanni and South African actress Hlubi Mboya, also awarded Best South African Feature Film to South African filmmaker Andrew Worsdale for his film Durban Poison. The Best South African Feature Film award carries with it a cash prize of R30 000.

International Jury member, June Givanni on behalf of the International Jury also gave reason as to why the film directed by Jahmil XT Qubeka could not be considered for competition by saying “As a jury, we were privileged to be taken on a global journey through cinema, and we would like to thank Peter Machen and the Film Festival programmers for this great hounor. However, we have to express our regret that this journey could not include the South African competition entry OF GOOD REPORT, which the Film and Publication Board did not license for public screening in time for us to take it into consideration. The jury is saddened and concerned about the limitations to freedom of expression that are still in force on the continent and beyond, but we are glad that on this occasion the decision has been over-turned.

Festival accolades for Of Good Report

Following the refusal to classify the Opening Night Film Of Good Report, the Film and Publications Board reversed their decision and gave the film an R-Rating of 16 this afternoon (Saturday, July 27). The film was not screened in any of its allocated slots as a result of the refusal for classification and so could not be in competition. The Durban International Film Festival acknowledged the film’s achievements in stimulating worldwide debate and highlighting important issues in South African society. Festival manager Peter Machen therefore announced a new annual award for Artistic Bravery, the first of which was given to Of Good Report director, Jahmil XT Qubeka. Of Good Report will now be screened a preview on the last day of the festival (Sunday, July 28) at 12h00 at Suncoast CineCentre.

Professor Cheryl Potgieter also gave special mention and a prize to Festival Manager Peter Machen for his outstanding work during the festival and acknowledging his contribution to the festival as a whole. The Deputy Vice Chancellor of Humanities also touched on the currently vacant post of the Centre for Creative Arts Directorship stating that the position is currently being advertised and that an appointment would be happening soon.

The full list of awards is:

  • Best Short Film – Mercy (dir. Eliza Subotowicz)
  • Best South African Short Film – The Brave Unseen (dir. Duan Myburgh)
  • Best Documentary Film – Far out isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story (dir. Brad Bernstein)
  • Special Mention: Best Documentary Film – I Am Breathing (dir. Emma Davie and Morag McKinonn)
  • Best South African Documentary Film – Angel’s In Exile (dir. Billy Raftery)
  • Special Mention: Best South African Documentary Film – Orania (dir. Tobias Lindner)
  • Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award – Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer (dir. Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin)
  • Audience Choice Best Film – Felix (dir. Roberta Durrant)
  • Audience Choice Best Documentary – Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer (dir. Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin)
  • Audience Choice Best Wavescapes Film – Stand (dir. Anthony Bonello and Nicolas Teichrob)
  • Audience Choice Best WildTalk Film – 2 Wings Many Prayers (dir. Lloyd Ross)
  • Best Feature Film – The Land of Hope (dir. Sion Sono)
  • Best First Feature Film – Wadjda (dir. Al-Mansour Haifaa)
  • Best South African Feature Film – Durban Poison (dir. Andrew Worsdale)
  • Best Direction – Xavier Dolan for Laurence Anyways
  • Best Cinematography – MatÍas Penachino for Halley
  • Best Screenplay – Asghar Fahradi for The Past
  • Best Actor – David and Eitan Cunio for Youth
  • Best Actress – Paulina Garcia for Gloria and Suzanne Clément for Laurence Anyways

Durban International Film Festival Award for Artistic Bravery – Jahmil XT Qubeka

Sunday is the last day of screenings with film screenings at Suncoast Cinema, Ster Kinekor Musgrave, Cinema Nouveau Gateway, Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre (University of KwaZulu-Natal), Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre (Kwa-Mashu), and the Blue Waters Hotel.

The 34th Durban International Film Festival is organised by the Centre For Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) with support by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (principal funder), National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism, HIVOS, City of Durban, German Embassy in South Africa, Goethe Institut of South Africa, French Season in South Africa, and a range of other valued partners.

For more information about the Durban International Film Festival you can log onto the website www.durbanfilmfest.co.za.

 

Pacific Rim (3D): Review

Pacific Rim, a tour-de-force of non-stop action and special effects as the war between mankind and strange invaders intensifies.

Monstrous creatures, dubbed the Kaiju, start rising from the sea, devastating cities, and killing the populations. Mankinds last hope is in the Jaegers, massive robots piloted by teams, sent forth to protect and patrol.

There is not a moment to catch your breath in this action packed sci-fi. From beginning to end there are spectacular sights, and intricate sequances.

One cannot help but think of the much weaker Battleship, mixed in with some Godzilla, and a dash of Alien. That being said, Idris Elba and Ron Perlman are both veterans from the Alien franchise. Idris was also in South African recently shooting the historical drama Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.

Although Pacific Rim won’t stretch your IQ very far, your adrenal gland will get a workout. If it lives up to the huge online hype remains for the viewer to decide, but for a romp with some robots, it will certainly satisfy.

Pacific Rim opens 2 August 2013 on South African screens.

Jimmy In Pienk: Review And Info

Jimmy In Pienk

About

For the first time in his life Jimmy gathers the courage to leave his home and travel to Cape Town to seek help from his uncle in mastering the art of hairdressing and becoming a metro-sexual man.

.For the first time in his life Jimmy gathers the courage to leave his home and travel to Cape Town to seek help from his uncle in mastering the art of hairdressing and becoming a metro-sexual man.

For the first time in his life Jimmy gathers the courage to leave his home and travel to Cape Town to seek help from his uncle in mastering the art of hairdressing and becoming a metro-sexual man.

He convinces Jimmy to enter his reality TV show, “SA’s Next Super Stylist”. If Jimmy wins the competition, he can take home the prize money and save his family. With no experience in hairdressing, Jimmy knows that he is likely to fail, but he is willing to risk becoming a laughing stock if it offers him even just the slightest chance at saving his family. Under the fabulous tutelage of Bunny, his gay hair guru, Jimmy sets out to master the art of hairdressing and becoming a metro-sexual man.

With the final of the competition around the corner and the loan sharks’ deadline looming, can an honest country boy like Jimmy keep up an elaborate lie, or will the urge to be himself sabotage his chances at winning the contest and saving his beloved farm?

With the final of the competition around the corner and the loan sharks’ deadline looming, can an honest country boy like Jimmy keep up an elaborate lie, or will the urge to be himself sabotage his chances at winning the contest and saving his beloved farm?

Review

Jimmy In Pienk is a heart warming look into the polarised lives and cultures of the Western Cape, with the winelands on one side, and the quirks and conformity of city life.

Jimmy’s encounter with the gay scene of Cape Town provides many awkward and humorous moments, without being over-the-top, slapstick, or ridiculous. Although a lot of the humour is aimed at South Africans, and those who understand the culture, there are plenty of laughs for every viewer.

Louw Venter delivers a great performance as the lovable Jimmy, allowing us to feel for him, empathise, and in the end, celebrate his awakening as he realises his life-long desire to be creative.

Terence Bridgett is the ever flamboyant Bunny, in the midst of his own crisis in the gay community. We see Bunny change through the film, going from look to look as he is involved with one boyfriend after another, until he eventually learns to love himself.

Veteran actor Gys de Villiers, as Fredrique, is the character you’ll love to hate. Try as you might, you just can’t go so far as to loath him. As with Jimmy and Bunny, Frederique is also fighting demons, being shunned from his family, and decades later having his nephew Jimmy show up begging help.

Tinarie van Wyk-Loots is on a rapid ascent in the film world, and appears here as the adorable Rika, a young actress fighting to survive in Cape Town, one of the worlds busiest film destination.

The film takes us on a tour of life, love, and family, set with backdrop of South Africa’s Mother City.

Jimmy In Pienk will certainly do its part to further the local South African industry, winning hearts, and proving yet again, that “local is lekker” by delivering a world class film.

Jimmy In Pienk is a South African “must see”.

Awards

Hanneke Schutte, the Johannesburg-based writer and director of the quirky new comedy ‘Jimmy in Pienk’ which opens in cinemas on 16 August, has directed a short film starring Willem Dafoe, following her win at this year’s Jameson First Shot, which saw her fight off stiff competition from hundreds of other talented screenwriters and directors.

The competition, now in its second year, aims to discover talented film writers and directors from South Africa, Russia and the United States. It gives winners a ‘first shot’ in the film industry. Winners have their script made into a short film by award-winning production company Trigger Street Productions, and starring two-time Academy Award nominee Dafoe. The team of judges included Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti and Dafoe.

“Jameson First Shot has been the most incredible experience,” says Schutte. “Willem Dafoe was wonderful to work with. He was incredibly easy to direct and always open to suggestions when we were on set. It was a life changing experience and a fantastic opportunity. Last year’s films got millions of views on YouTube, and I’m really hoping there’ll be a similar response this time round.”

Schutte’s winning script, ‘Saving Norman’, tells the story of a hypochondriac ex-ping pong player who never got over missing a major tournament final because of a cold.Her submission was chosen for its freshness, originality, good structure, good shots, good sound and above all, great story.

“Hanneke’s win bodes well for ‘Jimmy in Pienk’,” says Helen Kuun, CEO of Indigenous Film Distribution, which is distributing the comedy in South Africa. “It’s a prestigious competition and winning it attests to her talent and is a great indication of her flair for comedy.”

It’s not the first time that Schutte has attracted attention in the industry. She started developing ‘Jimmy in Pink’ in 2006 for a pitching competition run by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and the UK Film Council. The film was one of four genre-specific loglines picked from the entries to be developed with a UK script editor and a local script editor. The script was written in 2009, after which funding was secured from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).

‘Jimmy in Pienk is produced by Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat of film development and financing company Light & Dark Films (LNDF). He has produced four feature films and a host of television shows that have sold in more than 60 territories. LNDF has arranged funding for eight feature films, and produced five feature films and three live-action TV series. The company has won awards on every continent and sold its work to all major territories and a host of small ones.

‘Jimmy in Pienk’ represents a full circle for NFVF-developed talent,” says Bhyat. “The film is the result of the NFVF’s investment in the development of writers, directors and producers. It is a unique voice in the crowded and often underwhelming local film landscape and I believe audiences are going to find it refreshingly charming.”

Jimmy in Pienk Official site: www.jimmyinpienkmovie.com

Khumba Marks First 3D Animated Feature Film To Be Released In Afrikaans

Khumba The Movie

In an exciting first for South Africa, ‘Khumba’, the South Africa film about a half-striped zebra who is blamed for the drought by his superstitious herd and forced to go in search of a magic waterhole, will be released in Afrikaans in cinemas when it opens on 25 October 2013.

‘Khumba’ is the second animated feature produced by Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios, following the successful global release of ‘Adventures in Zambezia’. It features the voice of Liam Neeson as a malicious leopard, as well as the voices of Jake T Austin, AnnaSophia Robb, Lawrence Fishburn and Steve Buscemi. The film is directed by Anthony Silverston.

‘Khumba’ tells a story which is universal, so we are delighted to be able to release it in both English and Afrikaans as it will appeal to a wider audience,” says director, Anthony Silverstone. “It’s a great family story about the struggle to feel comfortable in your own skin and learning to fit in.”

The film tells the story of Khumba, a zebra who has only half his stripes. When he is blamed for the lack of rain by the rest of his insular, superstitious herd, he embarks on a daring quest. In his search for the legendary waterhole where the first zebras got their stripes, Khumba meets a quirky range of characters and teams up with an unlikely duo: Mama V, an overprotective wildebeest, and Bradley, a self-obsessed, flamboyant ostrich. But before he can reunite with his herd, Khumba has to come face to face with Phango, a sadistic leopard who controls the waterholes and terrorizes all the animals in the Great Karoo. It’s not all black and white in this colorful adventure with a difference.

“It’s a delightful story that is beautifully told,” says Helen Kuun, CEO of Indigenous Film Distribution, which is releasing the film locally. “To be able to release a 3D animated film of this quality in Afrikaans is a major achievement for the industry and it’s sure to delight audiences.”

Bush TV Going Online

Bush TV, an experiential eventing and Film and TV production company, whose philosophy is “sparking the imagination of the African child” will be embarking in production in the new-media space; streaming over the internet. We will be starting a daily internet streaming breakfast show over the internet.

As from the 1st of August 2013 Bush TV will be streaming over the internet, initially starting with a 3-hour breakfast show that will stream daily from 6-9 in the morning. The content will focus on selling South Africa internationally as a tourist destination by showing it’s diversity, be a space where youth can find out about empowerment initiatives, a space where artists can reach a wider audience, a partner to creative industries’ events, pioneer in the ICT sphere amongst other things.

The initiative is spear-headed by Khululekile Banzi and Smartie Olifant who both have a history in community TV as well as in Film and TV production. They have put together a team of interested people that range from production, ICT, marketing, legal and administrative team. They are still amassing talent; including sign-language presenters, behind and in front of the screen. They also need to build partnerships, synergies, advertising, sponsorship, and content in the form of events, films, etc.

The Wolverine (3D): Review

Hugh Jackman returns in his sixth outing at Logan, The Wolverine. This incarnation is the first in the series not to carry the X-Men moniker, and this is an aspect that tells in the story. Logan is isolated, having distanced himself from society and the disbanded team after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand.

Logan is battling many demons, having to fight both those of the antagonists, and his inner legion. This time Logan is up against Viper, a mutant in the employ of Kenuichio Harada who’s life he saved many years prior.

The Wolverine does not contain the non-stop action the X-Men and previous Origins movies, nor the slew of special effects. There are some stunning fight scenes, and some stunning abilities displayed by Rila Fukushima, as Yukio.

The Wolverine is a darker, more dramatic look at the character of Logan and his alter-ego The Wolverine, his inner battles, and coming to terms with his purpose in this world. Famke Janssen is back as Jean Grey, part of the past with which Logan has not yet come to terms.

In South African cinemas 26 July 2013, this is one for the fans, and for those who want a bit more drama with their action and special effects thrills.

Disney’s Planes (In 3D)

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Disney's PlanesFrom above the world of “Cars” comes “Disney’s Planes,” an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar. “Disney’s Planes” takes off in theatres on Aug. 16, 2013.

From above the world of “Cars,” “Disney’s Planes” is an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure about Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane whose high-flying dream gives a spellbound world the inspiration to soar.

Molly & Wors – Die Movie

Willie Esterhuizen and Lizz Meiring stars as Wors and Molly in Willie and Pieter Esterhuizen’s hilarious new Afrikaans family comedy “MOLLY & WORS – DIE MOVIE.”

Molly And Wors PosterWors is a loyal husband to Molly for the past 26 years. He is also father of two, Vaatjie (Gerhard Odendaal), his eldest who had to marry his pregnant girlfriend Shardonay (Cherie van der Merwe), and Blapsie (Karien Botha) his youngest who is almost engaged to boyfriend Hardus (Albert de Villiers) but not quite yet. Wors works at F1 Fitment Centre in Johannesburg. He is in line for the “Salesman of the Year” award. Not for the first time mind you, but he has yet to won the coveted award.

His two best friends are Melvin (Alvin Bruinders) and Neville Naidoo (Jai Parkash) who also happens to work with Wors at F1 Fitment Centre and his greatest supporters in his quest to become “Salesman of the Year”. Molly has her reservations about him winning, whilst his mother Ella (Marga van Rooy) only goes along for the free food and drinks at the award function. She knows for a fact that Wors won’t win. According to Ella Wors is “always the bridesmaid, never the bride”.

It comes as no surprise when Wors once again fails to win “Salesman of the Year”. He is so disappointed that he ends up in the loo. It is then that the CEO of F1 Fitment Centre announces their “Salesman of the Decade” winner. None other than Wors Visagie. Together with the Golden Battery trophy he also wins a trip to their new battery factory in Amsterdam, Holland.

One Banana Airways ticket is business-class and one is economy. Both Molly and Wors assume the business-class ticket is theirs. Ella refuses to speak with Wors because she should have been the chosen one. The only way Wors can keep her happy is by sending her off to Sun City for the week, something he is going to regret doing.

Melvin and Neville agrees to a “bon voyage” send-off party for Wors. Their venue of choice is a local strip club, the Lollipop Lounge. Wors gets caught up in the action, forgets about the time and only gets home way past midnight. From the Lollipop Lounge straight into the dog-box, no sweat.

Across town Bokkie Botha (Lelia Etsebeth) agrees to be Ace (Aubrey Mmkola) and Gawie’s (JC Snooke) drug mule. This is her first, but before her flight the air hostess Hester (Karen Wessels) advises her to dump the handbag with the drugs in the toilet.

Both Molly and Wors have a fear of flying and to counter that they take schedule six prescription medication, given to them by Molly’s boss Dr Proctor (Jurgen Helberg) to knock them out for the duration of the flight. Unfortunately their flight gets delayed and Wors just about makes it to his seat. Molly does not. She is found fast asleep in the ladies loo, with her head resting on a handbag full of drugs. Everyone assumes it is hers. Molly therefore wakes up, not in a business class seat on her way to Holland, but in a Kempton Park holding cell.

Nobody believes her story, least of all her arresting officer Sakkie (Danie Putter) and Thoko, the female police officer (Pumla Ndlazi). The judge (Joey Rasdien) sets Molly’s bail at R30,000. No one has that kind of money and she remains in jail.

Wors arrives in Holland and discovers that Molly has missed her flight. What he doesn’t know is that Molly is in jail. He can’t reach her or his family on their phones, but Melvin assures Wors that everything is hunky-dory and that he must enjoy his stay in Holland.  He takes his friend advice and does just that.

Whilst on a factory tour with the Dutch supervisor (Gerrit Schoonhoven) Wors is informed about the true state of affairs. He is sick with worry. He starts drinking and progress to smoking dope and ends up with not one, but two escorts in his hotel room. He rushes home in a state of shock.

He bails out Molly who holds him responsible for her being locked up in jail. She also discovers some incriminating photographic evidence on his cellphone about his escapades with the Dutch ladies. Molly tries to shoot Wors, but he manages to escape. Stark naked on his son’s scooter.

Molly wants a divorce as soon as she can get herself acquitted on the drug mule charge. Her lawyer (Marcel van Heerden) gives her lousy advice and it is only when Blapsie takes action, that they manage to get the charges against Molly dropped. She is proved innocent and is free to go.

She goes straight to her lawyer to sue Wors for a divorce. The lawyer suggests group therapy and intervention. Molly reluctantly agrees. There she discovers the true state of her marriage compared to some other poor souls. She and Wors reconcile and decide to go on a second honeymoon. More like their first, because they never had one. . .

The film is a hilarious family comedy, targeted specifically for the Afrikaans movie going audience. It is contemporary and truthful version of life in post World Cup South Africa.

The movie has a star-studded cast. Other actors in the film include Karin van der Laag as Savana the marriage councilor and Ben Kruger as the CEO of F1 Batteries. Wim Beukes plays Vleis, the undercover police officer that has to confiscate Wors’s Jeep to pay off Ella’s gambling debts.

Others include Liane Heyl as Kim, Fanie Cronjé as Hennie, Sulette Minnaar as Susan, Belinda Parkin as Martie, Hugh Mazibenza as Foghile, Peach van Pletzen as Piet Paramedic and Niel Sharim as Dan, the security guard at OR Tambo.

Some of the highlights include scenes which were filmed in and around Amsterdam. Filming also took place in East London, Kempton Park, Pretoria and vibrant and cosmopolitan Jo’burg. Last but not least, Long Beach, California, USA.

MOLLY & WORS – DIE MOVIE is an unpretentious and fun filled film and promise to deliver non-stop entertainment from start to finish.

This film was commissioned by kykNET.

Willie together with his brother Pieter Esterhuizen are the director/ producers.

Release Date : September 2013, nationally. Distributed by Nu Metro Films.

Genres: Afrikaans, comedy.

Disney’s “The Muppets … Again” Kicks Off Production In London

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The filmmaking team behind 2011’s celebrated film “The Muppets” reunites as Disney’s “The Muppets … Again!” kicked off production last week in London. The all-new global Muppets adventure welcomes Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey to the mayhem, along with Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Walter and rest of the Muppets. The film is directed by James Bobin (“Flight of the Conchords,” “Da Ali G Show”), who was just nominated for a BAFTA for “The Muppets” (Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer), and produced by the Academy Award®-nominated team of David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman (“The Fighter,” “The Proposal”). With a screenplay by Bobin and Nicholas Stoller (“The Five-Year Engagement”), who is also executive producer with John Scotti, “The Muppets … Again!” will feature music from Academy Award®-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie (“Flight of the Conchords”), who won an Oscar® for best original song for “The Muppets” (“Man or Muppet”). The new film will hit the big screen March 21, 2014.

Muppets Again International First Look

“It’s great to be back working with the Muppets,” said Bobin, “some of them even remember my name occasionally now. As for the movie, it’s a tip of the hat to the old-school crime capers of the ’60s, but featuring a frog, a pig, a bear and a dog—no panthers, even pink ones—along with the usual Muppet-y mix of mayhem, music and laughs.”

Disney’s “The Muppets …Again!” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais, creator of “Derek” and the Golden Globe®- and Emmy®-winning series “The Office” and “Extras.” The film stars Golden Globe-, Emmy- and SAG Award®-winning actress and writer Tina Fey (“30 Rock,” “Mean Girls,” “Date Night”) as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Emmy Award winner Ty Burrell (TV’s “Modern Family”) as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.

Said Kermit the Frog, “This movie takes us places we’ve never been before. And trust me—this frog has never seen so much international flavor. I think audiences will eat it up—the entertainment, that is.”

Featuring a slew of surprising celebrity cameos, Disney’s “The Muppets … Again!” will shoot on location in London and in Hollywood, as well as in the famed Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, just outside of London.

Forensic pathologist Lorna J Martin Presents ‘Dying To Begin’ At GIPCA

Professor Lorna J Martin, internationally acclaimed researcher and Head of the Division of Forensic Pathology at the University of Cape Town, will discuss her experiences in the autopsy room as part of the Medical Humanities public lecture series on Thursday 1 August 2013. Presented by UCT’s Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA), in association with the Department of Social Anthropology, these new public lectures take place in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre on Hiddingh Campus.

Whereas most medical disciplines regard death as the enemy to be fought or delayed at any cost, for others it is only the beginning. Forensic Pathology, a branch of medicine that takes its name from the Latin forçnsis (meaning “before the forum”), is as old as the Roman Forum where criminal cases were decided through public presentations and debate. Recognised as a specialist branch of medicine since 1959, the modern discipline of Forensic Pathology has the mandate to investigate the medico-legal causes of unnatural death.

In a lecture titled Dying to Begin, Lorna J Martin will present a collage of experiences and events from her professional career to highlight the intersections of this branch of medicine with the humanities and the arts. Using the public lecture as a forum for interdisciplinary discussion, she will employ the wide lens of forensic pathology to dissect the diverse range of human activity represented at death.

This will include the public health aspects of violence and injury, and how those inform preventative health programs; the policy gains and practical improvements for live patients that have been made by interdisciplinary collaborations; the ‘healing of patients’ through the mandate to investigate unnatural death; and more specific interactions with the arts, in the Pathology Learning Centre, as well as with individual artists and writers.

Professor Lorna J Martin was appointed as Chief Specialist and Head of Division of Forensic Medicine in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences at UCT in 2004, making her the first woman and the youngest person to be appointed as the Head of a Division of Forensic Pathology in the country. She was elected as the Head of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences in 2009. A widely published and award-winning academic, her research interests predominantly focus on combating violence against women and children.

Martin has performed in excess of 8 000 autopsies, examined approximately 2000 rape survivors, 500 drunken drivers and testified in hundreds of court cases. She has also been invited by various organisations across the globe to participate in conferences, steering committees and provide expert opinions on high profile cases.

This event will take place on Thursday 1 August 2013 at 17:30 in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Old Medical School Building, University of Cape Town (UCT) Hiddingh Campus, Orange Street, Cape Town, and is free. Refreshments will be served from 17:00; no booking is necessary.

Forthcoming speakers in the Medical Humanities public lecture series include prominent researchers from a range of disciplines: Raj Ramesar, head of the Division of Human Genetics, UCT; Catherine Burns, WITS Institute for Social and Economic Research; neuropsychologist and psychoanalyst Mark Solms, Head of the Department of Psychology, UCT; and Elelwani Ramugondo, head of the Division of Occupational Therapy, UCT. For more information on this series, contact the GIPCA office on 021 480 7156 or fin-gipca@uct.ac.za.