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Television

Shark Tank Teaser – Episode 9

Teaser: Shark Tank SA Episode 9
Sunday, Sunday, 27 November at 18:00

A mixed bag for the Sharks to choose from

In this week’s episode of M-Net and Telkom’s Shark Tank SA, the five business mogul investors are faced with a diverse assortment of business ideas and the people behind them. Whilst the Sharks have made it clear in previous episodes that ideas alone are not investable, they may surprise some eager entrepreneurs this time around.

Squaring up against the hungry investors in the chilly waters of the tank on Sunday are an advertising executive with an “always pouring, never boring” attitude to gaming, a construction professional from Nelspruit with an organic invention to fuel the Sharks’ fire, an entrepreneur from East London looking to sell the Sharks on his “smashing” idea for the mining industry and a couple from Cape Town with grand designs to revolutionise the big, wide world of weddings.

As always, the pioneering business owners will have to keep their wits about them in the tank this week, as the Sharks drill deep into finances and figures, crunch down on some lofty projections and surprise us by demonstrating that every rule has its exception too!

To find out more about the businesses that have been featured on the series so far, especially if you’re interested in supporting them with an order or purchase, go to www.mnet.tv/sharktank or follow the conversation about the show on Twitter @MNetSharkTank with the hashtag #SharkTankSA.

Shark Tank SA, sponsored by Telkom SA, is screened on Sundays between 18:00 and 19:00 on M-Net 101. This corresponds with the timeslot on a Sunday when all DStv customers can get a taste of what’s available on M-Net 101, so if you’re not a DStv Premium customer, you can also go to channel 101 to watch Shark Tank SA. The series will also be available on DStv Catch Up and streamed live on DStv Now.

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Television

Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 27 November 2016

carteblancheComing up on Carte Blanche‎
On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 27 November 2016 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Tlokwe Toilets

How did hundreds of toilets mysteriously appear on vacant land next to the N12 near Potchefstroom while residents are living in RDP homes unfit for human habitation? Carte Blanche sheds light on a litany of housing problems in the North West municipality of Tlokwe.

Producer: Phakamile Hlubi
Presenter: Bongani Bingwa
Watch the trailer

Bad Posture: A Modern Disease

Could your office job be contributing to your risk of heart disease, obesity and early death? Carte Blanche finds out why sitting all day at our computers is seen as the new smoking, and why the trend of standing while working is taking off.

Producer: Michael Duffett
Presenter: John Webb

Detangling Whales

Once driven to the verge of extinction, Southern Right and other whale species have seen numbers make a dramatic recovery since given full protection in South African waters, their traditional breeding ground. But with the increase in numbers has come ever-increasing entanglements: whales caught in drifting pieces of fishing nets and ropes, rock lobster and octopus traps. If left entangled, they die a slow and excruciating death. Carte Blanche sets out to sea with the highly-trained volunteers doing the dangerous job of disentangling these enormous mammals.

Producer: Liz Fish
Presenter: John Webb
Watch the trailer

Birmingham Conservatoire

How has access to the internet enabled students from Soweto to be inspired and taught by musicians from the United Kingdom’s prestigious Birmingham Conservatoire? Carte Blanche witnesses the harmonious collision of classical music and cutting edge technology.

Producer: Diana Lucas
Presenter: Derek Watts

Line-ups are subject to change. Stories can be viewed at www.carteblanche.co.za.

Facebook: Carte Blanche #CarteBlanche
Twitter: @carteblanchetv #CarteBlanche
Instagram: @carteblanchetv #CarteBlanche
WeChat: ID: carteblanchetv

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#MultiChoiceLive Brints DStv Celebs To Maponya Mall In Soweto

This weekend the interactive, immersive MultiChoice experience, called #MultiChoiceLive, will make its stop at Maponya Mall, Soweto’s most vibrant and diverse shopping hub. DStv stars are getting ready to have fun with you.

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#MultiChoiceLive is a travelling pop-up exhibition which leads visitors through an immersive journey, revealing behind-the-scenes info on the company’s much-loved brands like DStv, M-Net and SuperSport. Learn more about the company’s content, history, innovative products and contribution to the film and TV industry.

From 25 to 27 November, Sowetans can look forward to rubbing shoulders with some great TV stars. Hosted by SK from The Queen:

On Friday, 25 November from 1 to 4pm:

  • Tumi Morake will serenade fans
  • ProVerb and Somizi to run a mini Idols competition
  • Audience to polish their dance moves for a dance competition
  • A Quiz and fun activities for kids

On Saturday, 26 November from 11:00am to 4pm:

  • SuperSport simply Carol Tshabalala, ProVerb, Thembisa Mdoda and ever so humble comedian and actor Siyabonga Radebe recently on It’s Complicated
  • Appearance of Somizi SomGAGA, a flamboyant Idols SA Judge to hooo-hooo shame the audience with Tumi Morake for the mini Idols again
  • A Quiz and fun activities for kids
  • A performance by PROFESSOR – NGICISHE NGAFA, Amavolontiya and more!

On Sunday, 27 November from 12 to 4pm:

  • Last dose of Thembisa Mdoda and SK
  • Kwesta’s performance to close the day- “DaKAR II”, “DaKAR”, “Special ReKwest” and many more

#MultiChoiceLive started in Cape Town, went to Durban, Sandton City Mall and from Maponya Mall will be moving to:

  • Menlyn Park in Pretoria, 16-18 December
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Television

DStv Now Video Experience Just Got A Whole Lot Better

MultiChoice’s TV on-the-go service DStv Now has improved the customer experience on its online streaming. All DStv Premium customers who stream content through their web browsers, will enjoy the convenience of never having to download additional plug-ins again. Customers can watch their favourite shows and movies without waiting for lengthy loading times.

Head of DStv Digital Media, Graeme Cumming, is excited about this new development and says, “We think it’s only natural to move in a direction where emphasis is put on the user experience and content delivery.”

Best in class TV series, movies and documentaries offered by DStv can be streamed, through the built-in HTML video player across all major operating systems such as Windows and Mac.

The new video player automatically detects your internet connection speed and adjusts the video quality accordingly, saving your data costs. You can also manually drop the stream quality in the video settings of the browser, giving you full control over the data you use.

DStv Now, the service that brings you sport, movies, series and so much more, now has over 60 channels available for streaming, to complement an already packed Catch Up catalogue which can be streamed or downloaded.

DStv Now can be accessed online or through the app for tablets and smartphones. The app is free to download on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and is available to all DStv customers. Live channels and DStv Catch Up content is only available to DStv Premium customers with an active PVR (data costs will apply when streaming content).

Log onto dstv.com/now and start catching up!

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Awards

10 Live Action Shorts Advance In 2016 Oscar® Race

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 89th Academy Awards®. One hundred thirty-seven pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

  • “Bon Voyage,” Marc Wilkins, director, and Joël Jent, producer (Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduction)
  • “Ennemis Intérieurs,” Sélim Azzazi, director (Qualia Films)
  • “Graffiti,” Lluis Quilez, director (Participant Media, Euphoria Productions and Ainur Films)
  • “La Femme et le TGV,” Timo von Gunten, director (arbel gmbh)
  • “Nocturne in Black,” Jimmy Keyrouz, director (Columbia University)
  • “The Rifle, the Jackal, the Wolf and the Boy,” Oualid Mouaness, director (Tricycle Logic)
  • “Silent Nights,” Aske Bang, director, and Kim Magnusson, producer (M & M Productions)
  • “Sing (Mindenki),” Kristof Deák, director (Meteor Filmstudio)
  • “Timecode,” Juanjo Giménez, director (Nadir Films)
  • “The Way of Tea (Les Frémissements du Thé),” Marc Fouchard, director, and Matthieu Devillers, producer (Existenz, BlackBox and P904)

Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting.

Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in December.

Nominations for the 89th Oscars® will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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32nd Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced

fi_spiritawards_primary_logoFilm Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the LA Film Festival and Film Independent at LACMA, announced nominations for the 2017 Spirit Awards this morning. The Awards are the primary fundraiser for Film Independent’s year-round programs, which cultivate the careers of emerging filmmakers and promote diversity in the industry. Film Independent President Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at W Hollywood, with actors Jenny Slate and Edgar Ramirez presenting the nominations. Nominees for Best Feature included American Honey, Chronic, Jackie, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight.

“Now more than ever, the voices of independent artists play a critically important role in our culture,” said Film Independent President Josh Welsh. “The films we celebrate at this year’s Spirit Awards embody the diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision that we champion all year long.”

Moonlight was selected to receive the Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. The Altman Award was created in 2008 in honor of legendary director Robert Altman who was known for creating extraordinary ensemble casts.

Winners, who are selected by Film Independent Members, will be announced at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 25, 2017. The awards ceremony will be held on the beach in Santa Monica, just north of the Santa Monica Pier. The show will broadcast live exclusively on IFC at 2:00 pm PT/ 5:00 pm ET.

Winners of the Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grants will be announced at the Film Independent Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grants and Nominee Brunch on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood.

“The Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grants enable us to not only recognize great work but also to provide much needed direct financial support to filmmakers,” said Josh Welsh. “We’re so appreciative of our grant funders, Kiehl’s Since 1851 and Piaget. Through their funding of the Producers Award, Piaget has been a steadfast supporter of film artists for the last decade.”

The Spirit Awards Nominating Committees selected nominees from 382 submissions this year and applied the following guidelines in determining the nominations: uniqueness of vision, original and provocative subject matter, economy of means (with particular attention paid to total production cost and individual compensation) and percentage of financing from independent sources. The Spirit Awards Nominating Committees are comprised of writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, editors, actors, critics, casting directors, film festival programmers and other working film professionals.

2017 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS

BEST FEATURE – Award given to the producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.

American Honey
Producers: Thomas Benski, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Lucas Ochoa, Pouya Shahbazian, Alice Weinberg

Chronic
Producers: Michel Franco, Gina Kwon, Gabriel Ripstein, Moisés Zonana

Jackie
Producers: Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin, Ari Handel, Juan de Dios Larraín, Mickey Liddell

Manchester by the Sea
Producers: Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, Kevin J. Walsh

Moonlight
Producers: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski

BEST FIRST FEATURE – Award given to the director and producer.

The Childhood of a Leader
Director: Brady Corbet
Producers: Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Chris Coen, Ron Curtis,
Helena Danielsson, Mona Fastvold, István Major

The Fits
Director/Producer: Anna Rose Holmer
Producer: Lisa Kjerulff

Other People
Director: Chris Kelly
Producers: Sam Bisbee, Adam Scott, Naomi Scott

Swiss Army Man
Directors: Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
Producers: Miranda Bailey, Lawrence Inglee, Lauren Mann, Amanda Marshall, Eyal Rimmon, Jonathan Wang

The Witch
Director: Robert Eggers
Producers: Daniel Bekerman, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Jodi Redmond, Rodrigo Teixeira

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD – Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.

 

Free In Deed
Writer/Director: Jake Mahaffy
Producers: Mike Bowes, Mike S. Ryan, Brent Stiefel

Hunter Gatherer
Writer/Director: Josh Locy
Producers: Michael Covino, April Lamb, Sara Murphy, Isaiah Smallman

Lovesong
Writer/Director: So Yong Kim
Writer/Producer: Bradley Rust Gray
Producers: David Hansen, Alex Lipschultz, Johnny Mac

Nakom
Writer/Director/Producer: TW Pittman
Director/Producer: Kelly Daniela Norris
Writer/Producer: Isaac Adakudugu
Producer: Giovanni Ximénez

Spa Night
Writer/Director: Andrew Ahn
Producers: David Ariniello, Giulia Caruso, Ki Jin Kim, Kelly Thomas

BEST DIRECTOR

Andrea Arnold
American Honey

Barry Jenkins
Moonlight

Pablo Larraín
Jackie

Jeff Nichols
Loving

Kelly Reichardt
Certain Women

BEST SCREENPLAY

Barry Jenkins
Story By Tarell Alvin McCraney  
Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan
Manchester by the Sea

Mike Mills
20th Century Women

Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias
Little Men

Taylor Sheridan
Hell or High Water

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

Robert Eggers
The Witch

Chris Kelly
Other People

Adam Mansbach
Barry

Stella Meghie
Jean of the Joneses

Craig Shilowich
Christine

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Ava Berkofsky
Free In Deed

Lol Crawley
The Childhood of a Leader

Zach Kuperstein
The Eyes of My Mother

James Laxton
Moonlight

Robbie Ryan
American Honey

BEST EDITING         

Matthew Hannam
Swiss Army Man

Jennifer Lame
Manchester by the Sea

Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders
Moonlight

Jake Roberts
Hell or High Water

Sebastián Sepúlveda
Jackie

BEST FEMALE LEAD

Annette Bening
20th Century Women

Isabelle Huppert
Elle

Sasha Lane
American Honey

Ruth Negga
Loving

Natalie Portman
Jackie

BEST MALE LEAD

Casey Affleck
Manchester by the Sea

David Harewood
Free In Deed

Viggo Mortensen
Captain Fantastic

Jesse Plemons
Other People

Tim Roth
Chronic

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

Edwina Findley
Free In Deed

Paulina Garcia
Little Men

Lily Gladstone
Certain Women

Riley Keough
American Honey

Molly Shannon
Other People

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

Ralph Fiennes
A Bigger Splash

Ben Foster
Hell or High Water

Lucas Hedges
Manchester by the Sea

Shia LaBeouf
American Honey

Craig Robinson
Morris from America

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD – Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast.

Moonlight
Director: Barry Jenkins
Casting Director: Yesi Ramirez
Ensemble Cast: Mahershala Ali, Patrick Decile, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monáe, Jaden Piner, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders

BEST DOCUMENTARY – Award given to the director and producer.

13th
Director/Producer: Ava DuVernay
Producers: Spencer Averick, Howard Barish

Cameraperson
Director/Producer: Kirsten Johnson
Producer: Marilyn Ness

I Am Not Your Negro
Director/Producer: Raoul Peck
Producers: Rémi Grellety, Hérbert Peck
O.J.: Made in America
Director/Producer: Ezra Edelman
Producers: Nina Krstic, Tamara Rosenberg, Caroline Waterlow

Sonita
Director: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
Producer: Gerd Haag

Under the Sun
Director: Vitaly Mansky
Producer: Natalya Manskaya

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM – Award given to the director.

Aquarius
(Brazil)
Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho

Chevalier
(Greece)
Director: Athina Tsangari

My Golden Days
(France)
Director: Arnaud Desplechin

Toni Erdmann
(Germany and Romania)
Director: Maren Ade

Under the Shadow
(Iran and U.K.)
Director: Babak Anvari

20th ANNUAL PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD – The 20th annual Producers Award, sponsored by Piaget, honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.

Lisa Kjerulff

Jordana Mollick

Melody C. Roscher & Craig Shilowich

23rd ANNUAL KIEHL’S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – The 23rd annual Someone to Watch Award, sponsored by Kiehl’s Since 1851, recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Kiehl’s Since 1851.

Andrew Ahn
Director of Spa Night

Claire Carré
Director of Embers

Anna Rose Holmer
Director of The Fits

Ingrid Jungermann
Director of Women Who Kill

22nd TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The 22nd annual Truer Than Fiction Award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

Kristi Jacobson
Director of Solitary

Sara Jordenö
Director of Kiki

Nanfu Wang
Director of Hooligan Sparrow

ABOUT THE FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS

Now in its 32nd year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is an annual celebration honoring artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers whose films embody independence and originality. The Spirit Awards recognizes the achievements of American independent filmmakers and promotes the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards are sponsored by Premier Sponsors Piaget, American Airlines, Jeep brand, IFC, and Principal Sponsor AT&T, as well as Breyers Gelato Indulgences. FIJI Water is the Official Water. WireImage is the Official Photographer.

ABOUT FILM INDEPENDENT

Film Independent is the non-profit arts organization that champions creative independence in visual storytelling and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds an audience for their projects, and works to diversify the film industry. Film Independent’s Board of Directors, filmmakers, staff, and constituents, is comprised of an inclusive community of individuals across ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation. Anyone passionate about film can become a member, whether you are a filmmaker, industry professional, or a film lover.

Film Independent produces the Spirit Awards, the annual celebration honoring artist-driven films and recognizing the finest achievements of American independent filmmakers. Film Independent also produces the LA Film Festival, showcasing the best of American and international cinema and Film Independent at LACMA, a year-round, weekly program that offers unique cinematic experiences for the Los Angeles creative community and the general public.
With over 250 annual screenings and events, Film Independent provides access to a network of like-minded artists who are driving creativity in the film industry. Film Independent’s Artist Development program offers free Labs for selected writers, directors, producers and documentary filmmakers and presents year-round networking opportunities. Project Involve is Film Independent’s signature program dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry.

ABOUT IFC

IFC is the home of offbeat, unexpected comedies. Series like Portlandia, Documentary Now!, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Stan Against Evil and 2017’s Brockmire air alongside fan-favorite movies and comedic cult TV shows. IFC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc., and available across multiple platforms. IFC is Always On Slightly Off.

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Film

10 Animated Shorts Advance In 2016 Oscar® Race

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 89th Academy Awards®. Sixty-nine pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

  • “Blind Vaysha,” Theodore Ushev, director (National Film Board of Canada)
  • “Borrowed Time,” Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, directors (Quorum Films)
  • “Happy End,” Jan Saska, director (FAMU – Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague)
  • “The Head Vanishes,” Franck Dion, director (Papy3D Productions, National Film Board of Canada and ARTE France Cinema Department)
  • “Inner Workings,” Leo Matsuda, director, and Sean Lurie, producer (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
  • “Once upon a Line,” Alicja Jasina, director (University of Southern California)
  • “Pear Cider and Cigarettes,” Robert Valley, director, and Cara Speller, producer (Massive Swerve Studios and Passion Pictures Animation)
  • “Pearl,” Patrick Osborne, director (Google Spotlight Stories/Evil Eye Pictures)
  • “Piper,” Alan Barillaro, director, and Marc Sondheimer, producer (Pixar Animation Studios)
  • “Sous Tes Doigts (Under Your Fingers),” Marie-Christine Courtès, director, and Ludivine Berthouloux, art director (Vivement Lundi! and Novanima)

Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting.

Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in December.

Nominations for the 89th Oscars® will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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dvd / blu-ray Review

The Keeping Room (DVD) : Review

Film

In the time of the American Civil War, as hostilities are drawing to a close, women have found themselves living without men, needing to fend for themselves and take on many of the roles once solely the domain of the male.

Three women, Augusta (Brit Marling), Louise (Hailee Steinfeld – Enders Game, 3 Days To Kill) and Mad (Muna Otaru) find themselves in these hard times, needing to defend their home and themselves against two rogue Yankee soldiers, Moses (Sam Worthington – Everest) and Henry (Kyle Soller – Fury, The Fifth Estate), who have broken away from the fast approaching Union Army.

Showing the tougher side of the feminine sex, The Keeping Room, while an engaging story, pulls no punches. It is gritty, and gets straight to the point. In the time the story is set, life was tough, there is racial segregation, discrimination based on gender and skin colour, and many felt they had the right to take what they wanted. A time when there were outlaws who ran amok and people had to band together to fight for their lives, and keep what is rightfully theirs.

The Keeping Room is a gritty story, expertly told with a great cast. While the plot does meander slightly at times, it does not ponder too long on each respective event or aspect of daily life, but seeks to give meaning to each segment, opting to further the story rather than lose any pace. With a rather straight forward story thread, one is not left trying to think ahead as the tale is told, but rather sit back and enjoy. While some parts are action filled, others play more on the emotion, while still putting these forward in the most tasteful of ways.

A story of strength and overcoming, with the feel of a western. The Keeping Room is a tough, engrossing film.

Disc

From a technical aspect, the disc is of a good quality overall, and what one would expect from a commercially available disc.

The Keeping Room is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.

Video

Video is encoded at a high average bitrate, with no visible artefacts on screen. There is no colour bleed. In the several darker scenes, detail is remains good, allowing the viewer to still follow with ease.

Viewers with the relevant hardware or software could scale up to a larger or higher resolution screen, should they so wish.

Audio

Audio is encoded at a high average bitrate, with dialogue clear via the centre channel.

The surround channel usage serves to expand the on-screen world, and further draws the viewer into the story, adding to the overall immersion.

Navigation

Navigation is simple, with a static main menu screen, saving space on the disc, and allowing for less compression of the main feature.

There is an audio sub-menu, to select between the 5.1 and 2.0 soundtracks.

A chapter selection sub-menu allows one to jump to a specific part of the film. Each of these menu pages contains a static background image, some music and a numbered motion-thumbnail showing the part of the main title it navigates to.

Bonus Features

There are no bonus features on the disc, other than trailers for Hell Or High Water, Viral and The 9th Life Of Louis Drax that auto-play at the beginning of the disc. While one can not skip between these, they can be fast-forwarded or one can skip to the main disc menu.

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Television

M-Net And Friends : Two More Shows

Soulful Lira and rocker Arno Carstens join the line-up for M-Net and Friends music specials

Throughout December 2016 and January 2017, M-Net will be treating viewers to a fun-filled five-part music series showcasing chart-topping musicians and their famous muso friends. Three of these music specials have already been recorded featuring big names such as Bobby van Jaarsveld, Jack Parow, Shoo-Wop Shop, Dozi, Kahn and The Parlotones, Vusi Mahlasela and Swing City to name a few. Luckily, if you live in Gauteng and haven’t had the chance to attend these star-studded musical specials yet, you still have time. Two show-stopper concerts with The Voice SA coach Lira and with one of South Africa’s best known rock stars, Arno Carstens will be recorded in December.

Soulful singer Lira will be joined by A-list friends on the Opera Stage at the State Theatre in Pretoria on Wednesday, 14 December singing a medley of some of her and her guests’ most well-known songs. The former front man of the Springbok Nude Girls, Arno Carstens, will be joined on stage by headline acts such as Zolani Mahola from Freshly Ground, rocker extraordinaire Francois van Coke and Ard Matthews, among others, on Friday, 16 December at the same venue.

Whether you’re a fan of soul, pop or rock, you don’t want to miss the chance to be in the audience for these once-off killer performances.

To be part of the audience, go to m-net.dstv.com/competition/m-net-friends-ticket-giveaway. Tickets are free of charge, but hurry, as tickets are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The M-Net and Friends shows will be screened exclusively on M-Net 101 on DStv Premium at 17:30 on the following dates:

  • Sunday, 25 December: Swing City and Friends
  • Sunday, 1 January: Kahn and The Parlotones and Friends
  • Sunday, 8 January: Arno Carsten and Friends
  • Sunday, 15 January: Bobby van Jaarsveld and Friends
  • Sunday, 22 January: Lira and Friends
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dvd / blu-ray Review

Marauders (DVD) : Review

Film

A string of brutal heists at a series of banks all have evidence that point to the banking line’s owner Hubert (Bruce Willis – Red 2, G.I. Joe Retaliation) and his high-powered clients. A team of FBI agent begin to dig deeper into the various robberies as they continue and become more deadly, uncovering a larger conspiracy and some dark secrets.

Marauders alternates between action and intrigue as the investigation continues. Throwing out several subtle red-herrings that continually shift the viewer’s focus from one suspect to another, surprising them with several revelations at pretty much the same time as the various FBI agents and police realise each suspect and victim’s role. There are times where the film can become rather cerebral and times where one can get caught up in the well executed action scenes.

Seeing Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy)as an FBI agent brings a slight dose of humour to the role, with his character, Stockwell, realising his huge physicality, and introducing some levity to an otherwise rather serious story.

An engrossing story, with a well rounded cast and characters, Marauders does feel as if it is dwelling on the moment at times, with the ensemble of persons to keep track of. And yet the moment one thinks the story has slowed, the action kicks off yet again, propelling everyone and everything in yet another direction, and once again catching the viewers attention.

A fun, well rounded film for those who like a bit more story to their action.

Disc

Over all, and technically, the disc is of a good quality. Due to the limited storage on a DVD disc it is better to utilise that space for a main feature that is less compressed, and therefore of a better visual quality.

Marauders is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.

Video

The main feature video is encoded at a high average bitrate. There are no visible artefacts on screen, no colour bleed, and sufficient detail in the several low-light scenes.

Viewers with the necessary hardware or software could scale up to a larger or higher resolution screen, should they so wish.

Audio

Audio is encoded at a high average bitrate. Viewers have an option between a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and a stereo 2.0 downmix. Dialogue is clear via the centre speaker on the surround mix, with ample use of the surround channels to further enhance the on-screen action and draw the viewer in to the story.

Navigation

Navigation on the disc is simple, and easy to follow. The main menu background is comprised of a few short video moments from the film, but these contain no spoilers.

There is a setup sub-menu allowing viewers to choose between the Dolby surround soundtrack, or a stereo downmix.

Another sub-menu is available for scene selections, but this comprises merely of ten small black and white image thumbnails per page that are numbered. There is almost no way to tell where exactly these will take you in the actual film.

Bonus Features

There are no bonus features on the disc, other than trailers for Collide, Hell Or High Water and Kidnap. While there is no facility to skip between these trailers, viewers can fast forward them or skip directly to the main menu.