The highly anticipated new Afrikaans action/thriller JAGVELD (Afrikaans, with English subtitles) – written by the renowned master of the thriller genre, Deon Meyer – will come to life on the big screen at South African cinemas from 17 March 2017.
This exciting local cinema release hits the screen with impact – delivering suspenseful elements of the genre with the support of atmospheric cinematography, eerily quiet locations in the Karoo and a top-notch local cast in standout roles (which are a distinct departure from the characters they have played onscreen up to now).
JAGVELD takes the thriller genre to new heights, establishing a unique new entry in the South African movie scene.
The 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards, which were screened live yesterday, Monday, 30 January at 03:00 and via delayed broadcast at 21:40 on M-Net Movies Premiere channel 104, honour the film and television industry’s best. Showbiz’s most talented and most acclaimed performers turned out in their numbers, for what proved to be an evening of passion and surprise.
Some memorable highlights included Oscar-nominee Lily Tomlin’s acceptance speech, after she was honored with the SAG Life Achievement Award. In a true Hollywood-esque twist, this year’s acclaimed La La Land picked up just one coveted SAG, while top credits went to director Theodore Melfi’s Hidden Figures. Denzel Washington, who stars in the acclaimed drama Fences, also scooped up a statuette, having held a longstanding record as one of the most nominated actors for these awards.
Some critically acclaimed M-Net, M-Net Edge and M-Net Movies titles were recipients of the coveted statue (highlighted in yellow). If you missed both broadcasts yesterday note that you can catch the show again on Sunday, 5 February Movies All Stars channel 111 at 14:30.
And the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® Winners are:
Theatrical Motion Pictures
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Denzel Washington / Troy Maxson – Fences
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Emma Stone / Mia – La La Land Coming to M-Net Movie channels soon
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali / Juan – Moonlight
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Viola Davis / Rose Maxson – Fences
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
Bryan Cranston / President Lyndon B. Johnson – All The Way
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
Sarah Paulson / Marcia Clark – The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
John Lithgow / Winston Churchill – The Crown
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Claire Foy / Queen Elizabeth II – The Crown
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
William H. Macy / Frank Gallagher –Shameless- Season 8 coming to M-Net Edge soon
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis – Dreyfus / President Selina Meyer- Veep – Season 5 concluded on 6 January on M-Net Edge. Season 6 TBC
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Orange is the New Black – Season 5 coming to M-Net Edge soon
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
Game of Thrones – Season 7 coming to M-Net channels soon
Chasing after Xiang (Donnie Yen – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Serena Unger (Deepika Padukone), Cage teams with Adele Wolff (Ruby Rose – Resident Evil: The Final Chapter) and friends to put a stop to this menace, save the day, and look cool in the process. Extreme sports, stunts and fights are all on the menu for this over the top action storyline.
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage is simply a film to go watch when you want to escape. There’s shooting, there are over the top stunts, far too many set-ups for one line cliche dialogue, and total mindless shooting and explosions. If that’s what you’re going for, that’s what you get; nothing more, nothing less. But, who doesn’t need some escapism at some point? There are enough guys and girls to ogle. And enough of a variety of said guys and gals to satisfy most peoples visual taste.
As for plot, it’s very thin. Basically just a set up to allow for all the actions sequences. No twists, no huge setup, the film jumps straight in, and gets on with business.
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage makes no bones about what it is, an action film, with action scenes, for action fans. The film opens 3 February 2017 in South African cinemas.
After garnering awards and critical acclaim at film festivals in South Africa and abroad, director Meg Rickards’ (1994: The Bloody Miracle, Land of Thirst) feature film Tess will open at local cinemas on 24 February 2017.
Produced by Paul Egan and Kim Williams of Boondogle Films, Tess is based on Tracey Farren’s award-winning novel Whiplash and is a searing portrait of a young street worker desperately trying to still the demons of her past. Sassy twenty-year-old Tess sells her body on the streets of Cape Town. She survives by popping pain killers and through her wry humour. Though she tries to escape her past, it continues to torment her and she is forced to fight back, conquering her demons and searching for the truth.
“The fact that Tess is a sex worker is almost incidental”, says Rickards. “She’s a young woman undergoing a tumultuous journey: facing the truth of her childhood, coming to terms with it and moving forward with her inner dignity intact”.
Tess stars Christia Visser (Ballade vir ‘n Enkeling, Hollywood in My Huis), Nollywood actress Nse Ikpe-Etim (Reloaded), Brendon Daniels (iNumber Number, Four Corners) and Dann Jacques Mouton (Noem My Skollie). Lee-Ann van Rooi, Quanita Adams, Amanda Lane, Warrick Grier, Oscar Peterson, Mark Elderkin and Greg Kriek round out the cast.
The film had its world premiere at the Durban International Film Festival in July 2016 before going on to screen at the kykNET Silwerskermfees and at the BRICS International Film in New Delhi . (Also the Brussels and Gothenburg International Film Festivals) Tess was hailed by critics and audiences alike and has already garnered a number of awards including: Best South African Feature Film, Best Editing and Best Actress for Christia Visser at DIFF and then Best Actress, Best Editing and Best Cinematography at kykNET Silwerskerm.
Tess was funded by KykNET, the National Film and Video Foundation, the DTI and Thundafund.
On M-Net & M-Net HD , Sunday 29 January 2017 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1  at 20:00
Donkeys in Demand
This week’s discovery of more than 5 000 donkey hides in a container in Benoni has shed light on the illegal slaughter and trade in the animals for meat and skin, allegedly by a Chinese syndicate. With hides said to sell for up to R7000 each, Carte Blanche investigates the trade in local donkeys purportedly for use in Chinese medicine, and estimated to be worth millions.
Producer: Kate Barry
Presenter: Bongani Bingwa
Researcher: Sinethemba Nogude
Safety Deposit Box Heist
How did robbers make off with bank safety deposit boxes and content allegedly worth a whopping R100-million? Carte Blanche investigates the stealthy operation that saw thieves achieve a heist that’s left clients asking just how safe precious valuables are, when stored in bank vaults.
Ten years ago a motorcycle accident left Joey Evans paralysed from the waist down. He was told he may never walk again. But the determined biker defied pain and disability to compete in the 2017 edition of the legendary Dakar rally. Carte Blanche meets South Africa’s own Dakar hero and the only South African biker to finish the gruelling 9000km journey.
Slip into something a shade darker, and enjoy it with Nu Metro in style…
Nu Metro Cinemas has confirmed that it will be screening FIFTY SHADES DARKER – the sequel to the runaway box office hit FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – at special pre-release screenings ahead of the film’s international release date on Wednesday, 8 February and Thursday, 9 February 2017.
Nu Metro broke sales records and had attendance bursting at the seams, when it did similar screenings of the first film in this erotic drama-franchise two years ago. Ticket sales for Nu Metro’s “ladies only” Girls’ Night Out (GNO) screenings of the movie on Tuesday, 7 February 2017 have already reached sold out-status for most cinemas nationwide – two weeks before the event is taking place.
FIFTY SHADES DARKER follows a wounded Christian Grey, who tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, but she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. Her desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he does propose a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist; they rekindle their searing sexual affair. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle them, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.
The film stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in the two lead roles; big screen sex symbol, Kim Basinger, returns to steam up the big screen, after she generated erotic heat with films such as 9½ WEEKS and other acclaimed box office hits in the late 1980s. Rumour is that Ms Basinger has been signed to also appear in the third FIFTY SHADES-film.
Fans of the bestselling “Fifty Shades” novels have been waiting anxiously for the return of Christian Gray to cinemas. FIFTY SHADES DARKER, which is based on the second E.L. James-novel in the series, promises to expand the world of Fifty Shades with even more heated romance, intense drama and erotic adventures, set against luxurious backdrops.
The sneak pre-release screenings of FIFTY SHADES DARKER on 8 and 9 February will take place at all Nu Metro cineplexes nationwide and will be scheduled for all showtimes throughout each of the days. Bookings are also open for Scene VIP cinemas at selected Nu Metro’s cineplexes. Scene VIP is Nu Metro’s deluxe in-cinema dining option – apart from luxury recliner seating, lounges, bars (at selected cinemas) and enhanced upmarket facilities, a new a la carte Scene VIP food and cocktail menu was also recently launched.
The GNO-screenings of FIFTY SHADES DARKER will take place at all Nu Metro Cinemas nationwide on 7 February 2017. This event starts at 19:45, with the film screening at 20:45. Apart from women being treated to the film ahead of general release, there are lots of extras to look forward to on the night as well.
Please note that access to Girls’ Night Out-screenings at Nu Metro’s cinemas is open to women only, but the sneak previews are open to all cinemagoers (pending relevant age restriction for the film). No complimentary, loyalty or any other form of discounted offers will be valid for any of the FIFTY SHADES DARKER pre-release screenings.
For more cinema info and bookings, call 0861-CINEMA (246362) or go to numetro.co.za or find @numetro on social media.
Producer, Anant Singh and Twentieth Century Fox announced today the acquisition of the United States distribution rights by Fox to the award-winning film, SHEPHERDS AND BUTCHERS. The film will be released in the US on various formats, including Digital HD on 24 January 2017, followed by the DVD release on 31 January.
Produced by Singh and Brian Cox (who also wrote the screenplay), SHEPHERDS AND BUTCHERS is helmed by multiple award winning director, Oliver Schmitz (‘Mapantsula’; ‘Life, Above All’). The film sees Academy Award® nominee, Steve Coogan (‘Philomena’) as defence attorney, John Weber, while Andrea Riseborough (‘Birdman’) plays prosecutor, Kathleen Marais. Shining in his role as a 19-year-old death row prison warder is the rising star of the South African film industry, Garion Dowds. The film also sees an ensemble of well-known South African talent including Deon Lotz, Robert Hobbs, Eduan van Jaarsveldt, Marcel van Heerden and Sylvia Mdunyelwa.
Set in late 1980s South Africa, SHEPHERDS AND BUTCHERS follows John Weber, a hotshot lawyer who faces his biggest test when he agrees to defend a prison guard who has killed seven men. What ensues is a compelling charge against the death penalty itself, in a case that changes history. It is based on the award-winning South African novel by Chris Marnewick, a former advocate of the Durban bar who filled the pages of his book with meticulously researched factual information amassed from his years as a defense attorney.
Commenting on the deal, Singh said, “Twentieth Century Fox has the expertise to handle films that transcend all genres and controversial issues. We believe that they are perfectly suited to distribute SHEPHERDS AND BUTCHERS in the US. The film will no doubt generate debate and we look forward to a successful release.”
SHEPHERDS AND BUTCHERS will be released in South Africa on DStv’s Box Office platform on 6 February, followed by the DVD release on 20 February 2017.
SHEPHERDS AND BUTCHERS is an Anant Singh presentation of a Videovision Entertainment/Distant Horizon production in association with Times Media Films, WDR/ARTE and The Department of Trade and Industry South Africa. The film stars Steve Coogan, Andrea Riseborough and Garion Dowds. Music is composed by Paul Hepker, is edited by Megan Gill with Diana Cilliers as Costume Designer and Director of Photography Leah Striker. It is executive produced by Robert Naidoo, Sudhir Pragjee, Sanjeev Singh, Andrew Bonamour and Andrew Gill; co-producers Barbara Buhl, Andreas Schreitmueller and Jan Krüger. Produced by Anant Singh and Brian Cox, the film is based on the book ‘Shepherds and Butchers’ by Chris Marnewick with the screenplay by Brian Cox and is directed by Oliver Schmitz.
This tragic comedy is based on a 1971 drama – a combined effort written and adapted into a contemporary script by the late writer and his son, Simon Barnard.
It tells the story of Lafras Verwey, an outcast who could never accept the realities of life. Although he is a government official, he hears the sound of otherworldly music playing in his ears and dreams of a wonderful future. He considers himself a key player in the preparation of a significant rebellion that he believes would change the world.
When he takes Petra (Chantelle Phillipus) – a young, pregnant woman – in to live with him, the rebellion becomes even more important to him. Ironically enough, his dreamt-up revolution starts the very night that the baby is born.
Comedy, drama and elements of fantasy are all intertwined in this gripping tale of a man who is willing to risk everything in his pursuit to make the world a better place for all.
Die Rebellie Of Lafras Verwey is produced by acclaimed actress and director, Katinka Heyns and Genevieve Hofmeyr, under the direction of up-and-coming filmmaker, Simon Barnard. He also makes his debut as director of a full-length feature film with this compelling story.
Simon, son of Katinka Heyns and Chris Barnard, grew up in the entertainment industry. His first movie role was that of young Benjamin Komoetie in the blockbuster, Fiela se Kind. Apart from the production of a documentary about his father for kykNET and music videos for Die Heuwels Fantasties, he is also the creator of 60 programs, in conjunction with kykNET and Medihelp, on psychological health (ʼn Lewe met… / Living with…) with psychiatrist Doctor Franco Colin. His first professional encounter with an on-screen drama, was on the set of Die Wonderwerker, with his father as writer and mother as director. At the time, he got involved with behind-the-scenes photography, production and the editing of material for the film. Simon is currently co-owner of Sonneblom Ateljees, which was founded by Katinka in 1975.
Katinka Heyns is celebrated in radio, television, film and theatre circles, as actress and director and has already received numerous awards, including the international Crystal Award for Women in Films, ten Mnet Vita Awards, the Rapport City Press Woman of the Year Award, the Honorary Chancellor’s Medal from the Tshwane University of Technology, FAK-Medal of Honour and a SAFTA-prize for lifetime contribution to the industry. She was also the first woman to ever be incorporated into the National Film- and Television Foundation’s Hall of Fame and was appointed as councillor of the National Film and Video Foundation by the Department of Arts and Culture. As stage and film actress, she has worked with some of the country’s best actors and starred in various movies, including Pappalap, Jannie Totsiens, Eendag op ʼn Reëndag and Babbelkous en Bruidegom, alongside Tobie Cronjé. She made her debut as film director and producer in 1987, after which numerous successful films such as Fiela se Kind, Die Storie van Klara Viljee and Paljas followed. The latter being the first South African film to ever be accepted for an Oscar nomination. Her most recent film, Die Wonderwerker, was also very well received. A PhD in Philosophy (DPhil – Tuks) and recent medal of honour from the Academy of Science and Art, acknowledges her overall contribution to the industry.
Die Rebellie Van Lafras Verwey will premiere at the Woordfees-festival on 9 March 2017. Neels van Jaarsveld, Chantell Phillipus, Cobus Visser, Lionel Newton and Albert Pretorius also star in this drama, which will be released by Ster-Kinekor Entertainment on 7 April 2017.