Film Review

Kick-Ass 2: Review

Not your average superhero movie. Kick-Ass 2 follows the costumed high school hero, Kick-Ass, as he joins a group of fellow citizens who have joined forces to fight crime.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson returns to the title role as Kick-Ass (or his day time persona, Dave Lizewski), now mentored by action girl Mindy Macready, going by the superhero name of Hit Girl (played by Chloe Grace Moretz).

Taylor-Johnson and Moretz deliver an engrossing, enjoyable performance as the lead characters, drawing the audience in to their world, leading to that moment when you realise you’re not watching a superhero movie, but a move about overcoming, a story about good triumphing over evil, and a story about applying yourself, and never giving up.

The action sequences are thrilling, with a touch of humour as a young teen girl gets the better of a gang of thugs.

Kick-Ass 2 is a fun, comedic and thrilling story, and the perfect choice for a night out.

Kick-Ass 2 opens in South African cinemas 6 September 2013

Film Review

We’re The Millers: Review

We’re The Millers follows David Clark (Jason Sukeikis), a veteran pot dealer as he creates a fake family as part of a misguided plan to smuggle a shipment of weed in to the United States, from Mexico.

Clark talks local stripper Rose O’Reilly (Jennifer Aniston) into becoming his fake wife; Casey Mathis (Emma Roberts), a local teen who pretends to be homeless, into becoming his fake daughter; and finally, Kenny Rossmore (Will Poulter), the young and not so wordly-wise teen of his apartment block, into becoming his fake sone.

We’re The Millers is a crime comedy. It’s not slapstick, but it’s also not a laugh a minute. Although the story may be predictable, it has a heart-warming feel to it. Aniston is in her element in this role, even though the character is a lot less mushy and a lot more assertive than her usual.

It’s a great bit of escape, a fun time for fans of the genre, and the ideal introduction to rom-coms on a date night.

We’re The Millers opens 6 September 2013 in South Africa.

Festival Film

More Than 60,000 People On Six Continents To Compete In World’s Largest Timed Filmmaking Challenge

More than 60,000 people on six continents will spend a wild, sleepless weekend this year creating short films at breakneck speed as part of The 48 Hour Film Project. The 48 Hour Film Project brings together contestants from all walks of life fuelled by imagination, ingenuity, energy drinks and dreams of being the BEST FILMMAKER in the WORLD.

The 2013 tour will make stops in New York City, Los Angeles, Johannesburg, Paris, Beijing, Durban, Cape Town, Gaborone and over 100 other cities through 2013. The winning films will go on to represent their city at Filmapalooza in the USA in 2014, top films also stand a chance of screening at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival’s short film corner!

In a partnership sure to empower local film makers, the largest timed film competition in the world would like to announce M-Net Movies as the official media partner in bringing the 48 Hour Film Project to your screens.

The 48 Hour Film Project has attracted high-profile judges in cities throughout the years, including directors Akin Omotoso and Krijay Govender, film maker Norman Maake, actors Rapulana Seiphemo and Quanita Adams and casting director Moonyeen Lee to name a few.

An expected 162 crews, totalling over 1,500 people will swarm Durban, Gaborone, Nairobi, Johannesburg and Cape Town to create a winning film. “The 48 Hour Film Project has truly spread to all corners of the globe, proving that filmmakers anywhere can make a movie, especially if they’re left with too little time to doubt themselves,” said Langston, co-executive producer of The 48 Hour Film Project.

Filmmaking teams begin at 7PM on a Friday and deliver a finished 4 to7 minute film by 7:30PM Sunday. They are responsible for putting together a cast and crew, and getting equipment and anything else necessary to make a film/video in just one weekend. Any team, regardless of skill level, is eligible to participate in this competition.


Afrikaans Cast Announced For Khumba

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.

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 superstitious herd, he embarks on a brave 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 terrorises all the animals in the Great Karoo.

The Afrikaans version features the voices of several well-known Afrikaans actors who will be familiar to local audiences. The voice over artists are directed by radio and television personality Bettie Kemp, who is an experienced voice artist, news reader and continuity announcer.

Popular young actor and comedian Hannes Brümmer provides the voice for Khumba, with actress Rika Sennet as his mother. Veteran voice artist and actor Francois Stemmet is the voice for the evil Phango. Stemmet is known for voicing numerous children’s television programmes, including the role of Sarel die Seemonster in ‘Wielie Walie’, one of the first ever South African television series. The meerkat dad is voiced by Afrikaans musician and actor Lochner de Kock, while actress and director Rina Nienaber provides the voice for the baby meerkat. Radio personality Derrich Gardner takes on the role of the rabbit. The loony old sheep is voiced by cabaret star and actress Elzabé Zietsman and the three springboks are voiced by Frank Opperman, Frans Swart, and Andre Stolz.

“I’m excited to see it all come together and can imagine that it will bring a whole new layer of humour and authenticity to the film”, says Khumba director Anthony Silverston.  “I’m also so excited for the Triggerfish crew who worked on the film as many of them will now be able to watch Khumba in their own language!”

‘Khumba’ is the second animated feature produced by Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios, following the successful global release of ‘Adventures in Zambezia’. The English version of the film features the voices of Liam Neeson, Jake T Austin, AnnaSophia Robb, Laurence Fishburne and Steve Buscemi.

“It’s a charming 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.”

Official Website:   
Twitter:                                @KhumbaMovie


Shnit International Shortfilmfestival Returns To Cape Town

Shnit International Shorfilmfestival presents an explosive Short Film Experience like no other.  The most recent masterpieces from all corners of the  world, together in one festival.  200 films.  8 cities.  1 global weekend.   In its fourth year in South Africa, we return to The Labia Theatrein Cape Town and to the Neelsie’s Pulp Cinema in Stellenbosch, with additional events and screenings at venues in and around Cape Town city bowl, Stellenbosch and stretching to the furthest limits of the greater city.

Now in its eleventh global year, and its fourth in the Mother City, shnit International Shortfilmfestival continues its growth from strength to strength. One festival held simultaneously in eight cities, 2013 sees Kyoto, Bangkok and New York join existing hosts Cape Town, Bern, Cairo, Buenos Aires and San Jose in a truly global celebration of the art of the short film.

With a record 6700 entries from 141 countries, shnit is now truly one of the world’s highest profile short film festivals and this year’s 200-plus film programme is one of its most diverse and impressive festival line-ups, anywhere! The centrepiece is the shnit-OPEN international competition, in which 64 films compete for the coveted Flaming Faun trophy in five categories and prize money totalling over R1million.  Fiction, documentary, animation and more – all genres are represented.  shnit’s only criteria: that a film is contemporary, cutting edge and stand-out in terms of quality.

As always, local focus is key to Cape Town’s festival and the best in South African shorts take centre-stage every night. shnit stretches local content to capacity in 2013, with a record number of entries and a record number of screenings.  The MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA award category has grown to 21 films over 3 programme blocks and our crowd-favourite local showcase KAAPSE BOBOTIE is bigger than ever, with a further 19 films to ensure that shnit in Cape Town has a truly local flavour.  Local filmmakers in attendance each night are invited to provide insight into their work, allowing for engagement on a deeper level.

shnit’s 2013 jury continues the high standards of previous years.  Awarding the South African category are Helen Kuun of premiere local distributor Indigenous Films, National Film and Video development executive Neiloe Khunyeli and Triggerfish Animation’s Anthony Silverston, director of award-winning Zambezia and the upcoming Khumba, starring Liam Neeson and Steve Buscemi.  Representing South Africa on the international jury are Peter Machen, manager of the Durban International Film Festival, and acclaimed actress Moshidi Motshegwa (Drum, Endgame, Jozi).  shnit’s high-profile international jury president is soon to be announced.

shnit 2013 opens in glitzy style Wed 2 October and screens 5 days at The Labia Theatre on Orange St in Cape Town and at Pulp Cinema Stellenbosch, with additional screenings at Stellenbosch’s 5 Ryneveld, presented by Cinemuse, and fringe screenings at City Varsity, Kloof St, Cape Town.  City Varsity screenings are free to students from any film institution on presentation of a valid student ID.

Sunday 6 October sees shnit sign off for another year with a closing awards ceremony at the Labia, also featuring the premiere of shnit’s 3rd annual RealTime competition films, completed within 72 hours over the course of the festival by three up and coming local filmmakers, sponsored by top local facilities.

shnit is made possible by the generous support of the National Film and Video Foundation and the Cape Film Commission, as well as our venue, industry, media and service partners.  With its steadily growing reputation for the finest short film fare, shnit has made its mark as a festival not to be missed, and established Cape Town as a force to be reckoned with on the global short film scene.  By now it’s clear, THE FUTURE IS SHNIT.

All shows in 100min programme blocks. Tickets available directly from venues.  All shows R30 unless otherwise advertised.  Please or the Official Festival Guide, to be distributed city-wide in late September.

For Enquiries:


Casting Announcements For Fifty Shades Of Grey

“Fifty Shades of Grey” has become a global phenomenon and the trilogy has been translated in 50 languages worldwide since its release.  To date, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has sold over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, making it one of the fastest-selling book series ever.

Universal and Focus acquired the rights to the three books in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy in March 2012.  Focus Features will market and distribute the first film in partnership with Universal.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele.  Subsequent novels in the series, “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed,” explore the couple’s deepening relationship.  For more information please see the official Fifty Shades of Grey Facebook page:

Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey

Charlie Hunnam - Fifty Shades of GreyCharlie Hunnam will star as Christian Grey, the lead male character in Universal Pictures and Focus Features’ highly anticipated film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” it was announced today.  He joins Dakota Johnson, who will star opposite him as Anastasia Steele.  The film, which will be released by Focus Features on August 1, 2014 in North America, is being directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti alongside E L James, the author of the #1 bestselling book on which the film is based.  The screenplay is by Kelly Marcel.  The announcement about Mr. Hunnam’s casting in Fifty Shades of Grey was made today by Ms. James.

Mr. Hunnam currently stars as a regular on the critically acclaimed FX series Sons of Anarchy.  His feature film credits include Pacific RimChildren of MenCold Mountain, and Nicholas Nickleby.

Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele

Dakota Johnson - Fifty Shades of GreyDakota Johnson will star as Anastasia Steele, the lead female character in Universal Pictures and Focus Features’ highly anticipated film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” it was announced today.  The film, which will be released by Focus Features on August 1, 2014 in North America, is being directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti alongside E L James, the author of the #1 bestselling book on which the film is based.  The screenplay is by Kelly Marcel.  The announcement about Ms. Johnson’s casting in Fifty Shades of Grey was made today by Ms. James.

Ms. Johnson’s first notable screen role was in the multi-Academy Award-winning 2010 feature The Social Network, on which Mr. De Luca and Mr. Brunetti were producers.  Her subsequent movies include the upcoming feature Need for Speed21 Jump Street, and Universal Pictures’ The Five-Year Engagement.  She also starred as Kate in the Fox Network comedy series Ben and Kate, which aired during the 2012-2013 season.  Ms. Johnson is currently shooting the feature film Cymbeline.