Theatre Arts Admin Collective’s Emerging Theatre Directors Bursary 2017

The Theatre Arts Admin Collective (TAAC) is calling for applications for the 2017 Emerging Theatre Directors Bursary – in partnership with the Distell Foundation.

MyChildrenMyAfrica Sihle Mnqwazana, Kate Pinchuck, Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi Mahlatsi Mokgonyana (director Photo by Jesse Kramer

This year, TAAC are offering two bursaries to emerging Cape Town-based black women directors. Students at both an undergraduate and post-graduate level will not be considered.

As Caroline Calburn, director of TAAC, explains; “Young black women directors represent a small percentage of the overall profile of the Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary (ETDB) winners over the last seven years. This has to change. There are so many astounding and highly talented black women with the potential to be groundbreaking directors. All they need is opportunity. May this bursary be the springboard to realise that.”

The bursary was pioneered in 2010 and has since provided opportunities to nineteen young directors, most of whom are prolific directors making a wide range of work and winning numerous awards.

Notable winners include, Kim Kerfoot who won the Fleur du Cap Best Young Director for Statements After An Arrest Under the Immorality Act in 2013, Nicola Elliott who went on to win the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance, Khayelihle Dom Gumede who won the Naledi Award for Best Director in 2016 for Crepuscule, and Jason Jacobs, a 2016 winner, who has been named the Featured Young Artist for KKNK for 2017.

Previous winners of this bursary also include Amy Jephta, Tara Louise Notcutt, Pusetso Thibedi, Thando Doni, Alan Parker, Phala Ookeditse Phala, Bulelani Mabutyana, Mahlatsi Mokgonyana, Wynne Bredenkamp and Ameera Conrad.

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

Amy Jephta, the first recipient of the bursary in 2010 says the following about the opportunity; “It offers a new, young voice the chance to explore and create in an environment where there is no worrying about where the money will come from, which space will be used, or how the product will be sold. What I found most encouraging was the fact that, from day one of receiving this bursary, I was given free reign of the decision making process which would bring my play to life…. I was able to learn the nuts and bolts of the production process.”

TAAC is a busy and thriving centre where diversity is supported and celebrated. The same day could see a meeting with a distinguished veteran of the arts to a young director ploughing hard at her trade. This melting pot extends not only to experience but to culture and form too. The rehearsal spaces pulsate with variety – from dance and performance provocation to musicals.

“The Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary is the only opportunity of its kind in South Africa, and for a young/emerging director that makes it exceptionally valuable,” says Kim Kerfoot, one of the 2011 winners. “It is a wonderful environment in which to find yourself, full of people that want you and your work to succeed, and are willing to do everything within their power to make that happen,” he adds.

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

The bursaries will take place between April and July 2017.

If you are an emerging black woman director and would like to seize this opportunity please submit a 1-page creative proposal, your CV (including two references with contact details), and an indication of your preferred date to by Friday 10 March 2017. The bursary winners will be announced on Wednesday 22 March 2017. For enquiries call Caroline on 021 447 3683.

TAAC are hoping that during the course of the year, they will have raised sufficient funds for a further two bursaries. These will be opened up nationally to all emerging theatre directors.


Hot This March: Jack Parow Plus New Shows First On ShowMax

Watch these shows first on ShowMax – that’s right – we’ve got them before anyone else in South Africa.

Younger S3 – 99% on Rotten Tomatoes

Season 3 is hotter than ever. Don’t miss this lighthearted and fun show about a 40-something pretending she’s 26. From the creators of Sex and The City.

War and Peace S1 – 83% on Rotten Tomatoes

This Emmy-nominated six-part BBC adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic is breath-taking in its scope, sets and costumes. Three young aristocrats search for love and meaning, but their lives are about to change forever.

But that’s not all. Check out the full list of what’s coming up – from The Good Wife S7 to Marvel’s Agents of Shield – here:

And…. even that’s not all. Here’s some fresh news about Jack Parow’s hot show, coming to ShowMax on 1 March:

30 days. 9 provinces. 1 crazy ride with Jack Parow. Dis Hoe Ons Rol is coming to ShowMax


DStv Brings Hot New Series Premieres To The Streaming Space, For All!

DStv is bringing the premiere episodes of two of the hottest new shows on television to the streaming space for everyone to enjoy, hot on the heels of their debuts on M-Net and M-Net Edge.

The first episodes of Big Little Lies, starring Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Reece Witherspoon and produced by Ally McBeal’s David E. Kelley and Crashing, produced by Girls Helmer Judd Apatow, will be available for streaming, for all users on

There is no need to subscribe, or log in to watch the premiere episodes – simply click through to to start streaming episode one of Big Little Lies and Crashing from today.

“We continue to explore new ways for our users to experience DStv’s fantastic offering of global content,” says Graeme Cumming, head of DStv Digital Media. “Making the premiere episodes of shows like Big Little Lies and Crashing available for streaming to all on, just 24-hours after they become available on DStv, is another evolutionary step for us in providing different viewing opportunities for our audience”.

DStv customers can continue to watch the full seasons of Big Little Lies on M-Net on Wednesdays at 20:30 and Crashing on M-Net Edge on Tuesdays at 00:30 Express from the U.S., or Fridays at 21:40 prime time. DStv Premium customers can also watch the entire seasons of both shows on DStv Now.

A subversive, seven-episode miniseries with an ensemble cast that includes Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies is a dark comedy drama exploring a tale of murder and mischief – while unravelling society’s myth of perfection and the contradictions that exist beneath the idealised pretence of marriage, sex, parenting and friendship. The stellar, ensemble cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz and Alexander Skarsgård.

In Crashing, Pete is a sheltered suburbanite who is married to his childhood sweetheart and dreams of making it as a stand-up comedian. But when he finds out his wife is cheating on him, Pete’s world unravels, forcing him to re-evaluate his priorities. Created by and starring comedian Pete Holmes and featuring a host of comedians playing themselves, Crashing is produced by Girls and Bridesmaids’ Judd Apatow.

DStv Now can be accessed online at 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 streaming channels and DStv Catch Up content are currently available to all DStv Premium customers and data costs will apply when streaming content.


M-Net Movies Showcase To Air Late Bill Paxton’s Twister!

M-Net Movies Showcase channel 107 will air the movie Twister (today, 27 February at 18:20), in memory of late actor Bill Paxton, who passed away on Saturday 25 February after complications from surgery.

For many years Paxton worked steadily as an actor in Hollywood and has appeared in several blockbusters including Titanic, Aliens, Twister, Tombstone, True Lies, Apollo 13, U-571 and Vertical Limit. In addition, he’s worked as a producer on the feature film Traveller, and as a director on Frailty and The Greatest Game Ever Played.

Moving to Hollywood from Fort Worth, Texas at 18, Paxton began his career as a set dresser on Roger Corman’s, Big Bad Mama. After working in the art department on several features, he moved to New York to study acting. Returning to Los Angeles in 1980, he met James Cameron while moonlighting as a set dresser on the low-budget sci-fi movie Galaxy of Terror. Subsequently he landed his first acting jobs, in the B-horror movies Mortuary and Night Warning.

After gaining critical attention in the John Hughes comedy Weird Science, Paxton’s performance as the small-town sheriff in Carl Franklin’s One False Move marked his emergence as a leading man. In 1998, Roger Ebert cited Paxton as his best actor choice for his turn as Hank Mitchell in Sam Raimi’s A Simple Plan. In addition, he received a Golden Globe® nomination that year for his performance as Colonel John Paul Vann in HBO’s A Bright Shining Lie.

Paxton is also known as a cult favourite for his work in movies, including Near Dark, Boxing Helena, Streets of Fire, The Dark Backward and Broken Lizard’s Club Dread. Other credits include Mighty Joe Young, Thunderbirds, Trespass, Indian Summer, The Evening Star, Pass the Ammo, Frank and Jesse, Navy Seals, Predator 2 and The Vagrant.

Paxton is the first and only actor to have visited the wreck site of the Titanic with James Cameron for the documentary Ghosts of the Abyss, making four descents two and a half miles down to the bottom of the North Atlantic.

May his soul rest in peace.


Winners List For The 89th Oscars

Best supporting actor
  • WINNER: Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
  • Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)
  • Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)
  • Dev Patel (Lion)
  • Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)
Best makeup and hairstyling
Best costume design
Best documentary
  • Fire at Sea
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Life, Animated
  • WINNER: OJ: Made in America
  • 13th
Best sound editing
Best sound mixing
Best supporting actress
  • WINNER: Viola Davis (Fences)
  • Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
  • Nicole Kidman (Lion)
  • Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)
  • Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)
Best foreign language film
  • Land of Mine
  • A Man Called Ove
  • WINNER: The Salesman
  • Tanna
  • Toni Erdmann
Best animated short
  • Blind Vaysha
  • Borrowed Time
  • Pear Cider and Cigarettes
  • Pearl
  • WINNER: Piper
Best animated feature
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moana
  • My Life As a Zucchini
  • The Red Turtle
  • WINNER: Zootopia
Best production design
Best visual effects
Best film editing
Best documentary short
  • 4.1 Miles
  • Extremis
  • Joe’s Violin
  • Watani: My Homeland
  • WINNER: The White Helmets
Best live-action short
  • Ennemis Interieurs
  • La Femme et le TGV
  • Silent Nights
  • WINNER: Sing
  • Timecode
Best cinematography
Best score
Best song
  • Audition (La La Land)
  • Can’t Stop the Feeling! (Trolls)
  • WINNER: City of Stars (La La Land)
  • The Empty Chair (Jim: The James Foley Story)
  • How Far I’ll Go (Moana)
Best original screenplay
Best adapted screenplay
  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hidden Figures
  • Lion
  • WINNER: Moonlight
Best director
  • Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)
  • Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)
  • WINNER: Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
  • Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
  • Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Best actor
  • WINNER: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
  • Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
  • Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
  • Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)
  • Denzel Washington (Fences)
Best actress
  • Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
  • Ruth Negga (Loving)
  • WINNER: Emma Stone (La La Land)
  • Natalie Portman (Jackie)
  • Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)
 Best picture

Don’t Miss The 89th Annual Academy Awards® Tonight On M-Net Channel 101

Missed the dramatic 89th Annual Academy Awards® live broadcast at 03:30 this morning?

Jimmy Kimmel

Here’s a couple of reasons to catch tonight’s prime time broadcast on M-Net channel 101 from 19:30: Viola Davis’ memorable moving speech, the mix-up with the Best Picture announcement and Master of Ceremonies Jimmy Kimmel, who managed to put some fun into this year’s awards show.

Fun Facts about the Oscars®:

With 14 nominations, La La Land ties the record held by All about Eve (1950) and Titanic (1997). With their Best Picture nominations for Moonlight, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner become the first individual producers to have nominations in the Best Picture category in four consecutive years.

La La Land is the first musical with original music and story to receive a Best Picture nomination since All That Jazz (1979) and the second since Anchors Aweigh (1945).

With his Best Picture nomination for Manchester by the Sea, Matt Damon becomes only the third individual to be nominated in the Acting, Writing and Best Picture categories. The others are Warren Beatty and George Clooney.

Denzel Washington is the seventh individual to receive Acting and Best Picture nominations for the same film, joining Warren Beatty, Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Bradley Cooper.

In the acting categories, seven individuals are first-time nominees (Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Lucas Hedges, Dev Patel, Isabelle Huppert, Ruth Negga and Naomie Harris). Six of the nominees are previous acting winners (Denzel Washington, Jeff Bridges, Natalie Portman, Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Octavia Spencer).

Meryl Streep extends her lead as the most nominated performer with her 20th nomination.

Kubo and the Two Strings is the second fully animated film to be nominated in the Visual Effects category. The first was The Nightmare before Christmas (1993).

With a duration of 7 hours 47 minutes, Documentary Feature nominee O.J.: Made in America is the longest film ever nominated for an Academy Award.

Mica Levi, nominated for Original Score for Jackie, is the eighth woman to be nominated in the music scoring categories.

Thomas Newman’s nomination for Original Score for Passengers is his 14th and brings the total for members of the Newman family (Alfred, Lionel, Emil, Thomas, David and Randy) to 90, more than any other family.

Stuart Craig has the most nominations for Production Design of any living person, with 11. The all-time record in the category belongs to Cedric Gibbons with 38 nominations.

Kevin O’Connell and Andy Nelson, each with 21 nominations for Sound Mixing, are tied for the most nominations in the category since nominations began going to individuals in 1961.

With their nomination for Sound Editing for La La Land, Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan become the first female team to be nominated in the category. Six other women have a combined total of 10 nominations and five wins for Sound Editing.

Kim Magnusson, with his sixth nomination for Live Action Short Film, has produced the most films nominated in the short film categories of any living person.

“The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story is the seventh song from a documentary feature to be nominated and the fifth in the past five years.

For more information, visit Follow M-Net on Twitter @MNet (#Oscars #MNet101) and Facebook


Statement From PricewaterhouseCoopers On The Best Picture Mix At 89th Oscars

We sincerely apologize to “Moonlight,” “La La Land,” Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture. The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.

We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.


The Voice SA – Matric Student Wows The Coaches

Phenomenal Matric student wows all four coaches

As the Blind Auditions of The Voice SA passed the halfway mark tonight, the four coaches once again found themselves pitching – and sometimes even begging – talent to join their teams as they were faced with more four-chair-turning performances and unique, new voices. Six impressive vocalists were snatched up tonight in total, with coaches Bobby and Karen both walking off with two new singers, while Lira and Kahn welcomed one new member to their teams respectively.

Arguably the biggest surprise of the night came in the last audition of the show, when 18-year-old John James Janse van Rensburg took to the microphone. Currently in Matric in the small town of Carltonville, John James stunned all four of the coaches with a cover of Meghan Trainor’s “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” and received a standing ovation from all of them at the end of his song. “My heart skipped a beat when I heard you sing. You took my breath away,” Karen Zoid gushed. Lira and Kahn also gave John James the highest praise for his calm, soothing performance but it was Bobby who told him to go with his heart when it came to choosing between the four coaches. Clearly John James had made up his mind from the start as he announced without any deliberation that he wanted to be on #TeamBobby, making it the second time that a talent chose Bobby out of a four-chair-turning audition, much to the chagrin of both Lira and Karen!

Coach Bobby also added gravelly-voiced Alex Cavan (23) from Port Elizabeth to his team tonight. Alex sang a stripped down acoustic version of the nineties R&B classic by Blackstreet, “No Diggity”, a surprising choice but one that Bobby appreciated enough to press his buzzer for. Coach Kahn lamented not turning for Alex once the song was over, but that suited Bobby just fine. “I’m honoured to have you on my team,” Bobby told Alex.

The second performer of the night who garnered a full house of chair turns with her powerhouse vocals was Celest Schoeman (28) from Strandfontein in the Western Cape. Celest, who is a full time musician, took on a huge challenge as she opted to belt out Adele’s “When We Were Young”. The risk of taking on such a big song paid off for Celest, as the coaches raved about her performance. Kahn told her that it was clear that she’s been singing for a long time, and that she served the song perfectly. Lira raved to Celest that she is looking forward to hearing her for the rest of the show, indicating that if she were to choose to be in #TeamLira, she would take her all the way. But in the end it was Karen Zoid who bagged Celest for her team, much to her delight. “This girl can win this show,” Karen predicted as she happily accompanied Celest off the stage.

#TeamKaren’s second addition of the night was quirky Christie Woolmington (20) from Johannesburg. Christie sang Colbie Caillat’s “Bubbly” and coaches Karen and Lira loved the unique tone of her voice enough to turn their chairs. Karen even told Christie that both she and Lira would buy her album immediately, and with that, Christie – who was moved to tears of joy – picked Karen to be her coach.

Both Lira and Kahn also welcomed unique female vocalists to their teams tonight. 20-year-old Mia Pretorius, a student at the University of the North West at Potchefstroom, bravely auditioned with coach Bobby van Jaarsveld’s song “’n Vrou Wil Dit Hoor”! Bobby was visibly grappling with whether or not to turn for Mia as fellow coaches Karen and Lira both encouraged him to press his buzzer throughout the performance, but he explained to Mia afterwards that he felt it would have been too obvious had he turned for her. Kahn, however, recognised a special quality in her voice, telling Mia that her audition was totally flawless as he gladly welcomed her to his increasingly eclectic team.

Lira turned her red chair for 28-year-old Al Petersen from Cape Town tonight, as the petite Al took to the stage to perform Bob Marley and Lauren Hill’s smash hit “Turn Your Lights Down Low”. Something about her performance ultimately resonated with Lira, as she pushed her buzzer as Al’s audition was about to end. “I love that you made that song your own,” Lira told an elated Al.

Tune in to The Voice South Africa Season 2 every Sunday night at 17:30 on M-Net Channel 101, or catch the repeat on M-Net City Channel 115 on Monday at 18:00 to see all the buzz-worthy singing sports. Visit to watch exclusive interviews with the coaches and talent, and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @VoiceSA / #TheVoiceSA or on the official “Voice SA” Facebook page. You can also download The Voice SA app today for exclusive show-related games and special features.


The 37th Razzie Awards Winners (Losers)

As we come to the tail end of awards season, honouring those in film and television, we pause to take a moment to acknowledge those (as the Razzie Awards say themselves: “who should have known better than to associate their name with sub-par projects.

Here’s the full list of 2017 Razzie Award “Winners”:

Worst Picture
Worst Actor
Worst Actress
  • Megan Fox – “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows”
  • Tyler Perry – “Boo! A Madea Halloween
  • Julia Roberts – “Mother’s Day
  • Becky Turner [as Hillary Clinton] – “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party” – WINNER
  • Naomi Watts – “Divergent Series: Allegiant & Shut-In”
  • Shailene Woodley – “Divergent Series: Allegiant”
Worst Supporting Actress
Worst Supporting Actor

Nicolas Cage – “Snowden”
Johnny Depp – “Alice Through the Looking Glass
Will Ferrell – “Zoolander No. 2
Jesse Eisenberg – “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” – WINNER
Jared Leto – “Suicide Squad
Owen Wilson – “Zoolander No. 2

Worst Screen Combo
  • Ben Affleck & His BFF (Baddest Foe Forever) Henry Cavill – “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” – WINNER
  • Any 2 Egyptian Gods or Mortals – “Gods of Egypt”
  • Johnny Depp & His Vomitously Vibrant Costume – “Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • The Entire Cast of Once Respected Actors – “Collateral Beauty”
  • Tyler Perry & That Same Old Worn Out Wig – “Boo! A Madea Halloween
  • Ben Stiller and His BFF (Barely Funny Friend) Owen Wilson – “Zoolander No. 2
Worst Director
Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel
Worst Screenplay

Academy Rescinds Sound mixing Nomination For Gregg P. Russel On “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi”

Upon recommendation by the Sound Branch Executive Committee, the Academy’s Board of Governors voted Thursday (2/23) to rescind the Sound Mixing nomination for Greg P. Russell from “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” for violation of Academy campaign regulations. The decision was prompted by the discovery that Russell had called his fellow members of the Sound Branch during the nominations phase to make them aware of his work on the film, in direct violation of a campaign regulation that prohibits telephone lobbying. An additional nominee for “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” will not be named in his place. The remaining Sound Mixing nominees for the film are Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth.

“The Board of Governors’ decision to rescind Mr. Russell’s nomination was made after careful consideration,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “The Academy takes very seriously the Oscars voting process and anything – no matter how well-intentioned – that may undermine the integrity of that process.”

The Board determined that Russell’s actions violated a campaign regulation that unequivocally prohibits telephone lobbying. It states that “contacting Academy members by telephone to promote a film or achievement is expressly forbidden, even if such contact is in the guise of checking to make sure a screener or other mailing was received.”

The members from each of the Academy’s branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, musicians, composers and lyricists vote the nominations for song and score.

During the nominations process, all 456 voting members of the Sound Branch received a reminder list of film titles eligible in the Sound Mixing category in order to vote.

The nominees for Sound Mixing are:

Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye

Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace

Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A. Morrow

David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth

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.