Nommer 37 Finally Heading To South African Cinemas

The wait is finally over, because the acclaimed ‘Hitchcockian’ South African crime thriller that everyone is talking about, NOMMER 37, is finally heading to local cinemas this Friday (1 June) after sparking massive interest with international audiences.

“My hope is that this film will be seen by all South Africans because the story is so universal and relatable, whilst giving us a peek into a world that’s familiar to some but unknown by most through the lens of a voyeur. By the time the audience walks out of the cinema, they will have been thoroughly entertained, surprised and quite possibly (though questionably) looking to buy a pair of binoculars,” says director and writer Nosipho Dumisa, who is also a producer of the kykNET soap opera, Suidooster, about her directorial debut.

This production, which had its world premiere at the International SXSW Film Festival in Texas, was selected to represent the country at the 18th annual Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) in Switzerland from 6 to 14 July 2018. It was also recently announced that Dark Star Pictures gained exclusive North American distribution rights. The North American screening of the full-length feature will kick off in New York and L.A., followed by an early winter video-on-demand release. Reel Suspects has also managed to clinch distribution deals for the film in China, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Japan.

NOMMER 37 is based on the SAFTA-award-winning short film of the same name, which was co-directed by Nosipho Dumisa and Travis Taute. The movie is set in Haven Mansions, a fictional block of apartments in her imagined suburb of the Cape Flats, New Haven. It tells the story of Randal Hendricks (Irshaad Ally), a recent paraplegic, who is given a gift of binoculars by his devoted girlfriend, Pam (Monique Rockman). But he is in financial debt to Emmie (Danny Ross), a sadistic loan shark, and when he witnesses a powerful criminal, named Lawyer (David Manuel), commit murder while observing his neighbours through his binoculars, he initiates a blackmail scheme in an attempt to settle his debt. With deception and greed around every corner, what follows is a thrilling ride that puts both their lives in mortal danger… as the world around Randal deteriorates further and further into chaos.

Randal Hendricks (Irshaad Ally) and Pam (Monique Rockman)

The film also stars Sandi Schultz, Deon Lotz, Elton Landrew, Ephraim Gordon and Luke Jansen. It was produced by Bradley Joshua and Benjamin Overmeyer of South African production outfit Gambit Films with XYZ Films.

Dala Wat Jy Moet, a striking rap song inspired by life on the Cape Flats, was the first single from the soundtrack to be released and was very well received. It was created by Cape Town rapper, Youngsta CPT, and leading man, Irshaad Ally, and boasts a typical rap rhythm and a taunting repetitive chorus, which not only suits the genre of the movie perfectly but also adds to the building tension. An inspiring music video, conveying the message that if you want to succeed in life, you have to make the decision to rise above your circumstances, has also just been released.

NOMMER 37 is a thrilling big-screen cinematic experience that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats until the credits start rolling and a must-see for everyone.

The film was produced by Gambit Films in association with kykNET Films, M-Net, XYZ Films and the DTI, and will be distributed by Ster-Kinekor Entertainment locally, in cinemas across the country, on 1 June 2018.

Read the SAMDB review of Nommer 37.

IT WILL BE SHOWN AT THE FOLLOWING CINEMAS

STER-KINEKOR

Bay West, Tygervalley, Cape Gate, N1 City, Blue Route, Somerset Mall, V & A Nouveau, Parow, Promenade Mall, Garden Route Mall, Mimosa Mall, Gateway

Mall of the North, Secunda, Mooi Rivier, Sterland, Centurion City, Brooklyn Nouveau, Kolonnade, Irene Mall, Rosebank Nouveau, Cresta, Vaal Mall, Carnival City and Eastgate.

NU-METRO

Boardwalk, Canal Walk, Clearwater, Galleria, Key West, Menlyn Park, The Glen, Westgate, Welkom, Woodlands and Worcester.

INDEPENDENT CINEMAS

Movies@Monte, Movies@Emnotweni, Movies@Silverstar, Minimax Paarl, Epic Mall@Reds and Epic Northridge

To pre-book your seats click here: www.sterkinekor.com/beta/details/HO00000946

Nommer 37 : Review

The Cape Flats, apartment Nommer 37, home to Randel Hendricks (Irshaad Ally), and his girlfriend Pam (Monique Rockman). Randel is paralysed through some tragic crime incident, so to help alleviate the stigma of being wheelchair bound, Pam buys him a set of binoculars.

However, as things go in poor, crime-ridden communities, Randel is in debt to Emmie (Danny Ross), a loan shark, and all round garbage. So, when Randel witnesses a murder by local thug Lawyer (David Manual), he decides to pit bad against bad, criminal against criminal, in a black mail scheme to come by the money to settle his debt. Putting both his life, and Pam’s, on the line, things soon spiral out of control.

Nommer 37 has a simple, contained setting, with a small, yet talented ensemble cast bringing the characters to life. Shot on location in the Cape Flats, this is both an engrossing story, and a small taste of the life itself.

There are genuine tense moments, where one is tempted to stand up and yell at the screen, in a bid to help the protagonist, willing with the mind for the dastardly villains to get their come-comeuppance. And yet, the tension is tempered with moments of humour, some of which may be lost if one is not familiar with the “taal” (slang) spoken on The Flats.

The intricate plot does indeed resolve, with a few twists and turns along the way, making for a fun, dramatic, at times funny, but totally entertaining film. Nommer 37 is a must see film, that is just waiting to share a piece of our culture with the rest of the world.

Nommer 37 opens 1 June 2018 in South African cinemas.

Read more about Nommer 37.

Survivor South Africa: Philippines | Visayas Cut Loose “Dead Weigh” Murishca

Trapped between two warring factions in the Visayas tribe – and unable to commit to either – Capetonian Murishca found herself dumped out of M-Net’s Survivor South Africa: Philippines tonight (31 May). Despite pledging her support to both sides during the course of the week, she saw her position as the all-powerful swing vote evaporate into thin air at Tribal Council when she admitted her head wasn’t entirely in the game – possibly the only thing that could have united the fractured tribe.

Murishca was the only ‘outsider’ in Visayas, having found herself as the sole former Mindanao member alongside four former Luzon members (Tom, Chané, Palesa and Vusi) in the new tribe after last week’s tribe split. Both sides – Tom & Chané and Vusi & Palesa – attempted to woo her over to their respective camps, and she committed to both throughout the week, but Tom’s comments about the fact that she was ‘dead weight’ incensed her and nudged her over to the latter side.

Things still weren’t entirely cut & dried though, as it was common knowledge that Tom was in possession of a Hidden Immunity Idol, which he very publicly asked Chane to scoop up for him at the balance beam challenge two weeks ago. Palesa, who had the clue to the location of that Idol, but failed to capitalise on it, had picked up a second clue to the location of another Hidden Immunity Idol at the tribe split last week, but would have to wait for a visit Tribal Council before she could collect it.

She wouldn’t have to wait long for that visit, after Visayas threw away their chance at Tribal Immunity when they bickered their way through a combined Reward & Immunity Challenge which tested both mental and physical strength, to finish third behind Mindanao and Luzon, respectively. For their efforts, Mindanao picked up a reward of a healthy food stash and Bio-Strath immune-boosting elixir – along with the Tribal Immunity Staff – and Luzon celebrated their come-from-behind success with a watermelon and the second Immunity Staff.

Despite their favourable positions, there was still plenty for the other tribes to think about. At Luzon, Josie was amazed to find that Werner, Jeanne and Toni were still none the wiser about why last week’s eliminee Ace had been digging up their camp, and resolved to find a way to continue the search for the Hidden Immunity Idol, knowing she was still on the outside of the former Mindanao bloc. There were cracks, though, with Jeanne’s continued struggles in physical challenges leading Werner to consider cutting her loose to make the tribe more of a force. When she tried to talk to him about partnering up to work towards making it to the final, he was noncommittal, at best. Meanwhile, Josie’s hopes of kindling a “girls’ alliance” were quickly extinguished when Toni firmly shut down her idea of voting Werner out next.

At Mindanao, Marthunis continued to rub everyone the wrong way – first when he told PK he wanted to vote Tevin out and then when he inferred that his life was more valuable than Katinka’s because he had a family relying on him, back home. PK and Tevin sat him down for a chat to try to bring him back into line – which they codenamed ‘Operation Discipline’ – but his insistence on making his own decisions in the game wasn’t even tempered by their threat of ‘throwing’ another challenge to give them the chance to vote him out.

After an expletive-ridden blow-out at camp between Tom and Palesa over the division of food, Visayas headed to Tribal Council. Palesa shocked everyone – including alliance member Vusi – by stepping up to collect her Hidden Immunity Idol from the plinth in plain sight. That immediately changed the tribal dynamic, and when Nico Panagio gave the castaways the chance to have a mid-Tribal Council strategy session, Murishca immediately turned to Vusi & Palesa, while Tom and Chané made plans to vote her out on the basis of her head not being in the game.

Unsure of the result of the discussion between Murishca, Palesa and Vusi, Tom chose to play his Hidden Immunity Idol, while Palesa gambled and held on to hers. In the end, Murishca failed to convince Palesa of her loyalty and resolve and the latter’s vote – added to those of Tom and Chané – ensure that the Marketing Manager became the fifth Castaway to depart the game this season.

Tune in to Survivor South Africa: Philippines next week (Thursday 7 June, 19:00 on M-Net 101) to see if the Tribal Council turning point is enough to heal the Visayas rift and give them some momentum against steamrollering Mindanao and the delicately-poised Luzon.

Survivor fans can also have great fun online. For the first time ever, M-Net has created a Virtual Reality experience for fans of the show. By simply logging on to www.mnet.tv/survivorsa viewers can click through to a full 360 degree experience of the Survivor SA islands, living areas as well as each challenge site as the weeks progress. Fans can now see and experience the surroundings of the exotic Philippines exactly as the Survivor contestants did, and stumble upon some clues along the way that could put them in line to win some great prizes while doing so!

Survivor SA is powered by the Huawei P20 Pro and is produced by Afrokaans Film and TV.

The show is also available on DStv Catch-Up and Catch-Up Plus within 24 hours.

#AfricaMonth: 11 Classic African Movies Worth Celebrating Year-round

Africa Month may be ending today but Showmax has just released a collection of 11 classic African movies that are worth celebrating year-round, having been praised everywhere from Cannes to Ouagadougou, Sundance to Toronto.

Touki Bouki

Djibril Diop Mambéty’s Touki Bouki is the story of two lovers – a cowherd and a university student – who dream of escaping to Paris from Dakar.

For a film originally released in 1973, Touki Bouki has been in the headlines a lot this year. In March, Beyonce took to Instagram to announce her ‘On The Run II’ stadium tour with Jay-Z with a striking poster image of the couple on a bull-skull-trimmed motorbike, inspired by the classic Senegalese road trip movie. Her Instagram post racked up over 3m views in under 24 hours.

Then in April, Touki Bouki topped the Tarifa-Tangiers African Film Festival’s list of the 10 best African films of all time, as chosen by 10 well-respected critics and authorities on film. Of course, Touki Bouki is no stranger to lists like this, having been included in Sight & Sound’s 100 Greatest Films Of All Time and Empire’s 100 Best Films Of World Cinema.

Beyonce’s not the first celebrity to celebrate it either. Oscar-winning Martin Scorsese (The Departed) hailed Touki Bouki as “a cinematic poem made with a raw, wild energy,” while TV On The Radio frontman Tunde Adebimpe similarly praised it as “A favourite. Beautiful. Fully punk.”

Stream Touki Bouki only on Showmax in Africa: www.showmax.com/eng/movie/n3u9ub5x-touki-bouki.

Kati Kati

When Kaleche (Nyokabi Gethaiga), a young amnesiac, wakes up in the middle of the wilderness, she has no idea how she got there. She makes her way to Kati Kati, a nearby lodge, where she meets a motley crew of residents under the leadership of Thoma (Elsaphan Njora).

At Toronto International Film Festival, the Kenyan film won the FIPRESCI Critics Prize, with the FIPRESCI jury hailing director Mbithi Masya as “an exciting and unique new voice in cinema.” Kati Kati was also named Best East African Film at the 2017 Africa Movie Viewers Choice Awards and won the New Voices/New Visions Award Special Mention at the Palm Springs International Festival, among other accolades.

Stream Kati Kati on Showmax in Africa: https://www.showmax.com/eng/movie/7ii5bvnm-katikati.

Yaaba

When Burkina Faso filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo passed away in February, Variety hailed him as “a towering figure of African cinema” and The New York Times described him as “legendary.” Ouedraogo came to international attention in 1989 with Yaaba (Grandmother), the story of two children who make friends with an old woman who has been outcast as a witch by her village. Yaaba won the FIPRESCI Critics’ Prize and a Special Mention from the Ecumenical Jury at the Cannes Film Festival, among other accolades.

Stream Yaaba only on Showmax in Africa: www.showmax.com/eng/movie/vzg9ikuw-yaaba,

Nairobi Half Life

In David ‘Tosh’ Gitonga’s debut feature film, an aspiring actor moves to Nairobi with big dreams of becoming a star, but quickly discovers why the city of opportunity is nicknamed Nairobbery. The Hollywood Reporter called it a “dynamic crime drama… shot through with fresh social and stylistic energy.” Nairobi Half Life won the Breakthrough Audience Award at AFI in 2012 and four Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards in 2014. Lead actor Joseph Wairimu also picked up Best Actor at Durban International Film Festival and Most Promising Actor at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.

Stream Nairobi Half Life on Showmax in Africa: www.showmax.com/eng/movie/48wfzimm-nairobi-half-life.

Of Good Report

Infamously banned just before it was due to open the Durban International FIlm Festival in 2013, Jahmil XT Qubeka’s Of Good Report is the story of an obsessive affair between an introverted high school teacher (Mothusi Magano) and a 16-year-old pupil (Petronella Tshuma). The Guardian called it an “edge-of-your-seat thriller… a sensational noir thriller in black and white. Watching this brazenly shocking and gripping film, I remembered the feeling I had on seeing Christopher Nolan’s low-budget black-and-white debut, Following. Here is a director who is going places.” Of Good Report won five awards, including Best Film, at both the South African Film and Television Awards and the African Movie Academy Awards in 2014.

Stream Of Good Report only on Showmax in Africa: www.showmax.com/eng/movie/yyi4s8kn-of-good-report.

God Grew Tired Of Us

Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at Sundance in 2006, this documentary follows three of the Lost Boys of Sudan after their arrival in America after years of wandering Sub-Saharan African in search of safety. Directed by Americans Christopher Quinn and Tommy Walker, God Grew Tired Of Us has a 91% critics score and a 94% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Stream God Grew Tired Of Us on Showmax in Africa: www.showmax.com/eng/movie/20rw487n-god-grew-tired-of-us.

Soul Boy

Fourteen-year-old Abila (Samson Odhiambo) awakes to find his father feeling so ill that he’s unable to open their grocery shop. When his father says his soul has been stolen, Abi confronts the Nyawawa (Krysteen Savane), a spirit rumoured to steal men’s souls. Admiring the boy’s bravery, the Nyawawa gives him seven challenges to complete in 24 hours to restore his father’s health. Co-directed by Hawa Essuman and Tom Tyker (Run Lola Run, Perfume), Soul Boy won the Dioraphte Audience Award at Rotterdam International Film Festival in 2010, as well as Best Film at Africa International Film Festival and the Signis Award at Zanzibar International Film Festival, among others.

Stream Soul Boy on Showmax in Africa: www.showmax.com/eng/movie/26rxldu5-soul-boy.

Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema

Rapulana Seiphemo won Best Actor Awards at both Durban and FESPACO for his role as Lucky Kunene, infamous for hijacking buildings in Hillbrow. Ralph Ziman’s crime thriller was South Africa’s official entry for the Oscars and won the Audience Award at Durban, among other accolades.

Stream Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema only on Showmax in Africa: www.showmax.com/eng/movie/4sqyr8oz-jerusalema.

Sinking Sands

Ghanaian writer/director Leila Djansi won Best Screenplay three years in a row at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) – for I Sing Of A Well in 2010, Sinking Sands in 2011, and Ties That Bind in 2012. At the AMAAs, Sinking Sands also won Best Make-Up and Best Actress, for Ama K Ababrese. She plays Pabi, who is in a seemingly loving marriage until a domestic accident disfigures her husband Jimah (Jimmy Jean-Louis, aka The Haitian in Heroes). CNN included Sinking Sands as one of 10 “Must-See African Movies Of The 21st Century,” with AMAA founder Peace Anyiam-Osigwe writing, “You cannot watch Sinking Sands and not be affected.” Sinking Sands also took home four Ghana Movie Awards, including Best Picture.

Stream Sinking Sands on Showmax in Africa: www.showmax.com/eng/movie/sy8f7p2u-sinking-sands.

Virgin Margarida

1975. As Mozambicans host their flag for the first time, hundreds of ‘prostitutes’ are arrested and sent to reeducation camps in the countryside, where they are to be transformed into ‘new women’ to serve the revolution. But some of those arrested, like the teenage Margarida, are not prostitutes. Directed by Licinio Azevedo, Virgin Margarida won eight international awards, including Best Supporting Actress (Iva Mugalela) at the Carthage Film Festival and the audience award at the Amiens Film Festival in 2012.

Stream Virgin Margarida only on Showmax in Africa: www.showmax.com/eng/movie/7tn1kxrc-virgin-margarida.

How To Steal 2 Million

Released from prison, Jack (Menzi Ngubane) can’t find work. His former buddy Twala (Rapulana Seiphemo) offers him a job he can’t refuse, but can he trust his new partners in crime? How To Steal 2 Million won four Africa Movie Academy Awards, including Best Film, Best Director (Charlie Vundla) and Best Supporting Actress (Terry Pheto).

Stream How To Steal 2 Million on Showmax in Africa: www.showmax.com/eng/movie/2s0x37ip-how-to-steal-2-million.

Check out the full collection at www.showmax.com/eng/boxset/kp2mx753-africa-classics.

Dinosaurs, Deadpool, And Avengers In 4DX

Nu Metro’s wildly popular 4DX theatres nationwide are offering movie fans one last chance to experience two of this multi-sensory cinema format’s biggest box office hits: DEADPOOL 2 will be joined in 4DX by Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (returning to 4DX by public demand) from this Friday, 1 June 2018, for one week only!

The two record-breaking blockbusters will alternate showtimes daily in 4DX from Friday – only at Nu Metro. 4DX takes moviegoers on a cinematic journey like nothing they’ve seen, felt or heard before, making them a part of the onscreen action like no other cinema can – amplified by high-tech motion seats and environmental effects such as wind, water, fog, lightning, ticklers and scents in-cinema.

Following the double-bill of Marvel superheroes, the ultimate 4DX Experience – JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM – stampedes into select Nu Metro cineplexes from Friday, 8 June 2018.

Moviegoers will be able to feel the tumultuous dinosaurs’ movements first-hand, thanks to 4DX’s patented motion chairs and enriched environmental effects. 4DX maximizes the dinosaurs’ breathing and foot movements through a tailored combination of signature effects such as air shots and vibration – along with wind, water and other in-cinema effects; enhancing the onscreen action to optimum effect, bringing viewers as close to the real thing as possible within a cinema.

DEADPOOL 2 (in 2D) and AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (in 2D and 3D) are now showing at Nu Metro cineplexes nationwide – including 4DX, Xtreme and VIP at select cineplexes.

JURASSIC WORD: FALLEN KINGDOM starts showing in 3D at Nu Metro cineplexes nationwide from 8 June 2018 – including multi-sensory 4DX, Xtreme (Premium Large Format screens and powerful 360-degree sound) and VIP (luxurious in-cinema dining) theatres. Bookings are now open.

For more cinema info, showtimes and to book tickets at Nu Metro (including 4DX) – call 0861-CINEMA (246362) or go to numetro.co.za

*Premium pricing applies to 4DX; loyalty discounts are not applicable.

Nouveau Hosts 20th South African International Documentary Festival And Sponsors Encounters Youth Experience Award

An extraordinary non-fiction experience awaits South African audiences at Ster-Kinekor cinemas at Rosebank Mall in Johannesburg, and the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town this June. The highly anticipated Encounters annual festival makes its way to the screens and the hearts of non-fiction fanatics from 31 May to 10 June.

Encounters, the leading Creative Documentary Festival in the country and Africa, has once again partnered with Ster-Kinekor to exhibit award-wining documentaries from around the world.

Moreover, in addition to hosting the festival at these two cinemas, Nouveau is excited to announce its sponsorship of the inaugural EYE (Encounters Youth Experience) Award. This award will be judged by a Cape Town based panel of 3 young industry jurors, and will be presented to the best South African short documentary screened during the festival.

“As the country’s leading exhibitor, our involvement with Encounters and sponsoring of the second EYE Award gives us a great opportunity to entrench our commitment further to developing the local film industry, and supporting South Africa’s exciting, rising young talent,” says Motheo Matsau, Chief of Marketing and Sales at Ster-Kinekor Theatres.

“Continued focus on the youth market at our cinemas is a key sector element of our marketing strategy. This sponsorship opportunity further strengthens that strategy, and enables us to interact with some of the country’s developing young talent within the sector, whose careers are just starting to take off.”

The Encounters Youth Jury connoisseurs comprises of:

  • Khanyisile Mazibuko (23), is an actress, talk-show host and filmmaking student. A National School of the Arts alumni and the director of award winning short film, “Zeroni”
  • Beth Ribeiro (20) is a final-year student in Screen Production and Drama at UCT.
  • Shari Mwanika (21) is an aspirant Ugandan filmmaker who storytelling is an extension of who she is and that passion has moulded her

The festival will facilitate comprehensive screening and workshop programme aimed at bringing South African documentary to young audiences. This initiative shows continued support to young film-makers in this genre and to the practical craft of documentary filmmaking.

With a selection of 37 local and international features and short films, this year’s youth focus and award encourages younger audiences and filmmakers to attend the festival and appreciate this broad arena of filmmaking.

Bookings are now open and festival tickets prices are R 60.00 For more information about the Encounters Documentary Festival screening at Nouveau, visit www.sterkinekor.com. Follow us on Twitter @nouveaubuzz using #EncountersDoc2018, and on Facebook at Cinema Nouveau. For any queries, call Ticketline on 0861Movies (668 437).

Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 3 June 2018

M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 3 June 2018 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00
Please note: this an extended 90-minute broadcast

 

Gupta Assets

The National Prosecuting Authority was dealt a heavy blow in its State capture case against the Guptas, when the Free State High Court set aside the R250-million preservation order.  The court found that there were shortcomings in the NPA’s case and no reasonable prospects of success in the prosecution.

Producer: Kate Barry
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
Researchers:  Tony Beamish and Laura Byrne

Ogies Standoff

Structural damage, untimely blasting and black dust – coal mining is encroaching ever closer to homes in Ogies in Mpumalanga and pleas for intervention seem to be falling on deaf ears. In a desperate attempt to put an end to the coal mine blasting, fed-up residents with damaged homes and poor health, take on major mining companies. Carte Blanche returns to Ogies to investigate how the lives of those affected have deteriorated rapidly.

Producer: Anna-Maria van Niekerk and Marzanne van den Berg
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

Medical Innovations

A researcher at the University of Stellenbosch with a special interest in blood and red blood cells has revealed several remarkable patents.  The series of innovative medical breakthroughs includes a bio sensor for the early detection of cancer and remarkable new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Type 2 Diabetes.  Carte Blanche explores this cutting edge research.

Producer: Eugene Botha
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
Watch the trailer

Making Peace in Angola

Decades after the devastating Angolan border war, nearly 100 veterans of the South African defence force undertake an emotional journey to battle sites that still haunt them, to extend a hand of reconciliation and friendship to former enemies. Defying expectations, Angolan citizens greet them with open arms.

Producer: Efpe Senekal
Presenter: Derek Watts
Watch the trailer

Crisis in the Mediterranean

The Mediterranean Sea has become a graveyard for thousands of Eritrean migrants fleeing Libya. These waters are notorious for being the deadliest migration route in the world. Despite the crisis, fewer NGOs are aiding refugees fleeing to Europe, so the number of bodies found floating at sea has increased.  Now, Sea-Watch’s humanitarian mission is being challenged by the heavily subsidised Libyan coastguard, which seeks to transport escaped migrants back to Libya – where they may face torture or slavery upon their return.

Producer: Journeyman Pictures

Hook to Cook

A series of smartphone apps are disrupting traditional supply chain systems and changing the lives of artisanal fishermen.  By enabling them to sell fish to restaurants without the middleman, these apps are putting money directly into the pockets of subsistence fishermen.

Producer: Liz Fish
Presenter: Claire Mawisa

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

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M-Net, M-Net Binge, M-Net City Line-up For June 2018

M-Net (channel 101), M-Net Binge (channel 900) and M-Net City (channel 115) highlights for June 2018. Updated 31 May 2018

M-Net Schedule Updates:

New Updates:

  • Genius Junior season 1 has been added to the June schedule, and will start on Saturday 2 June at 18:00. This means that The Voice US season 14 will now have a duration of one hour and will at 19:00 on Saturdays.
  • The local culinary reality competition series My Kitchen Rules season 2 starts on Sunday 3 June 18:00.

Reminders:

  • Lucifer season 3 will end with two additional bonus episodes (25 & 26), the finale will remain as Wednesday 06 June at 23:05.
  • The French drama Sunbeat has been added to the Sunday World Cinema slot and will air on Sunday 03 June at 22:40.
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden season 4 will go on a scheduling break from Friday 08 June at 00:30 and will return in August.
  • The crime thriller series C.B. Strike season 1 has been added to the schedule, and will start Thursday 14 June at 22:00.
  • Gomorrah season 2 will now air on Sunday 10 June at 22:45, replacing the World Cinema title. The series finale will thus move from Saturday 16 June to Sunday 10 June.
  • Ride Upon The Storm season 1 has been removed off the June schedule and will now start in August.

M-Net City Schedule Updates:

New Updates:

  • Instinct season 1 will go on a one week production break, on Wednesday 13 June at 19:00. New episodes resume on Wednesday 20 June at 19:00.

Saturday Movies

Saturday 02 June

21:00 Unforgettable 16VSL Thriller

Rosario Dawson and Katherine Heigl play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in this sultry thriller. A woman sets out to make life a living hell for her ex-husband’s new wife.

Saturday 09 June

21:00 Within 16VL Horror

A truly chilling horror that will keep you in suspense. A re-married widower moves into a new home, a troubled place haunted by restless spirits.

Saturday 16 June

21:00 Girls Night Out 16V Thriller

A night of terror unfolds in this chilling thriller. After her fiancé is kidnapped, a soon-to-be-married woman must confront the terrifying ex-boyfriend who abducted him.

Saturday 23 June

21:00 Sleight 16VL Fantasy

Magic and sci-fi collide in this drama, about a young street magician who is forced to use his extraordinary talents to save his sister after she’s kidnapped.
Saturday 30 June

21:00 Bad Blood 16 Thriller

Dark secrets are revealed in this sinister thriller. When romantic weekend away goes terribly wrong, one woman must fight for survival against a psychopathic killer.

Sunday Night Blockbusters

Sunday 03 June

20:30 Snatched 16VSNL Comedy

Hollywood legend Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer team up for a chaotic comedy. After getting dumped, a woman decides to take her timid mother on an exotic, pre-planned couple’s vacation.

Sunday 10 June

20:05 The Snowman 16VSNL Thriller

Michael Fassbender faces true evil in this brutal psychological thriller. A detective investigates the death of a woman who was killed by an elusive serial killer.

Sunday 17 June

20:05 Blade Runner 2049 16VSNL Sci-Fi

Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford propel this Oscar-winning sci-fi, a profound story of a young blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department who unearths a long-kept secret.

Sunday 24 June

20:05 Wonder Woman 13V Action

An epic instalment in the DC franchise, Gal Gadot stars as the powerful Amazonian warrior princess who learns of WWI after rescuing a pilot and vows to use her abilities to restore peace.

Read the SAMDB review of Wonder Woman.

World Cinema Movies

(Note: Additional repeat has been added. See it again on Tuesdays at 01:00)

Sunday 03 June

22:40 Sunbeat

An overwhelming secret haunts this melancholy French drama. A couple’s troubled past resurfaces, while on a scenic vacation in Portugal with their two daughters.

New, Returning & Series Finales

Friday 01 June

19:00 The Voice 14 0001 “The Blind Auditions Season Premiere” *Season 14 Starts*

Pop songstress Kelly Clarkson joins Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys on the red chairs for this season of the Emmy-winning reality competition series.

Saturday 02 June

17:00 The Middle 09 0024 *Season 9 Ends*

The Emmy-nominated hijinks of the Hecks return for a ninth and final season of family mayhem.

18:00 Genius Junior 01 0001 “These Kids Know Something You Don’t Know” *Season 1 Starts*

No stranger to young geniuses, Neil Patrick Harris hosts this exciting game show that celebrates the smartest kids in America.

Sunday 03 June

22:05 My Kitchen Rules SA 02 0001 *Season 2 Starts*

In an epic South African culinary showdown amateur cooks invite viewers- and celebrity judges- into their homes for an evening of pressure cooker competition.

22:05 Vice 05 0020 #74 “Autism Under The Lens” *Last Week Tonight with James Oliver on a production break*

Vice’s Gianna Toboni explores the transformative work being done at the forefront of autism research, in this episode of the Emmy-winning documentary series.

Monday 04 June

16:45 Supergirl 03 0014 “Schott Through The Heart” *Season 3 returns from break*

Emmy-nominee Greg Berlanti produces this instalment of the DC comic book fantasy series following the adventures of Supergirl.

Tuesday 05 June

22:00 Trust 01 0001 “The House Of Getty” *Season 1 Starts*

Delving into the lives of one of the twentieth century’s most iconic dynasties, the series premiere of this dark crime drama opens in 1973 with the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III.

Wednesday 06 June

20:00 Madam Secretary 04 0001 “News Cycle” *Season 4 Starts*

The season premiere of this acclaimed political drama opens with the death of the assistant vice minister, who meets his demise during a meeting with Elizabeth. Téa Leoni stars.

23:05 Lucifer 03 0026  *Season 3  Ends*

Based on the comic book character by bestselling author Neil Gaiman, this darkly entertaining crime drama stars Tom Ellis (Rush) as the charismatic Lord Of Hell, Lucifer, living a devilish life in LA.

Thursday 07 June

16:15 Man With A Plan 02 0021 “Family Business” *Season 2 Ends*

Golden Globe winner Matt LeBlanc stars in this comedy about a dad who’s forced to do some real parenting after his wife goes back to work.

22:00 Next Of Kin 01 0006 *Season 1 Ends*

Barnes and the counter terrorism unit face a race against time to foil the imminent terror attacks, in the season finale of this British thriller.

Friday 08 June

16:15 Superior Donuts 02 0001 “What The Truck?” *Season 2 Starts*

Arthur’s business is threatened when Sofia, an ambitious young entrepreneur, parks her organic food truck in front of the donut shop. Season premiere of the deliciously funny workplace comedy.

16:45 Once Upon A Time 07 0022 *Season 7 Ends*

Favourite fairy-tale characters come to life in this Emmy-nominated fantasy drama.

23:40 High Maintenance 02 0010 #16 “Steve” *Season 2 Ends*

On the day of the eclipse, two couples head to the park and make new friends, in the season finale of this oddball comedy.

00:30 The Late Late Show With James Corden 04 0102 *Season 4 goes on a scheduling break*

James Corden hosts this Emmy winning talk show featuring celebrities, games and Carpool Karaoke.

Saturday 09 June

17:00 Mom 05 0001 “Twinkle Lights And Grandma Shoes” *Season 5 Starts*

In the season premiere of this acclaimed comedy, Bonnie gets cold feet while considering her future, as Christy risks failing an important test. From the creator of ‘The Big Bang Theory.’

Sunday 10 June

22:05 Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 05 0013 *Season 5 returns from production break*

Late night satirist John Oliver delivers his unique take on the week’s news, politics and current events with characteristic, unwavering humour.

22:45 Gomorrah 02 0012 “The End Of The Day” *Season 2 Ends*

In the Season 2 finale, Pietro organises a new way of dealing in order to maintain cash flow as Genny awaits the birth of his child. Foreign-language drama exploring a ruthless and powerful Mafia.

Tuesday 12  June

16:45 Arrow 06 0023 *Season 6 Ends*

Superhero exploits continue in this DC fantasy drama, that explores the complicated life of billionaire Oliver Queen and his vigilante alter ego, Green Arrow.

Wednesday 13 June

16:45 The Flash 04 0023 *Season 4 Ends*

This comic book fantasy follows the adventures of a young man with the power of super speed. From the Emmy-nominated producer of DC instalments ‘Arrow’ and ‘Supergirl.’

23:05 I’m Dying Up Here 02 0001 *Season 2 Starts*

Jim Carrey executive produces this dramedy set in the 70s. On L.A.’s famous Sunset Strip, a group of up-and-coming comedians brave the stand-up scene in hopes of making it big in comedy.

Thursday 14 June

20:00 S.W.A.T 01 0022 *Season 1 Ends*

Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds) leads a cast of action heroes in this fast-paced drama about a S.W.A.T lieutenant and his highly-trained unit of crimefighters.

22:00 C.B. Strike 01 001 *Season 1 Starts*

Based on the bestselling novels written by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, this dark crime thriller follows a troubled war veteran turned private detective.

23:00 Harrow 01 0010 “Mens Rea” *Season 1 Ends*

The creator of ‘Secrets & Lies’ backs this Australian drama, about a brilliant medical examiner who’s forced to use all his forensic skills to bury a dark secret from his past.

Friday 15 June

16:45 Timeless 02 0001 “The War To End All Wars” *Season 2 Starts*

Wyatt Logan, Rufus Carlin, Connor Mason and Agent Denise Christopher are all holed up with the Lifeboat in a deserted missile silo, in the season premiere of this fantasy time-travel series.

22:00 Barry 01 0008 *Season 1 Ends*

Emmy-winner Bill Hader stars in this dark comedy, about a depressed hitman who decides to pursue an acting career, despite not being able to leave his criminal past behind.

23:40 Silicon Valley 05 0001 #39 “Grow Fast Or Die Slow” *Season 5 Starts*

Now that Pied Piper has ample funding and new offices, the pressure to get things right stymies Richard and forces him to grow the company, in the season premiere of this acclaimed comedy.

Monday 18 June

19:00 Grey’s Anatomy 14 0024  *Season 14 Ends*

The Golden Globe and Emmy winning medical drama continues to explores the personal and professional lives of a group of doctors in Seattle.

Tuesday 19 June

16:45 MacGyver 02 0001 “DIY Or Die” *Season 2 Starts*

Using a cell phone and soccer ball, MacGyver and the team search for a Navy SEAL who is believed to be alive in captivity in the Middle East, in the season premiere of this action-packed crime drama.

Wednesday 20 June

16:45 Scorpion 04 0001 “Extinction” *Season 4 Starts*

In the season premiere, Team Scorpion must work with their old nemesis Mark Collins in order to prevent the extinction of mankind. Crime drama following a highly-skilled team of geniuses.

Thursday 21 June

20:00 NCIS Los Angeles 09 0016 “Warrior Of Peace” *Season 9 Returns from scheduling break*

Callen pursues every alternative when the Diplomatic Security Service apprehends his father as part of a hostage exchange. Follows a group of undercover agents in Los Angeles.

23:00 Jamestown 02 0001 “Episode #01” *Season 2 Starts*

In the season premiere of the acclaimed period drama, a terrible crime throws suspicion on the whole colony. Explores the lives of a group of English settlers in 17th Century America.

Friday 22 June

22:00 Hit The Road 01 0001 “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” *Season 1 Starts*

The series premiere of this adult comedy introduces us to the Swallows– a family of musicians who decide to take their act on the road. Golden Globe-nominee Jason Alexander produces and stars.

Saturday 23 June

16:30 Speechless 02 0018 “N-O–Nominee” *Season 2 Ends*

Jimmy struggles to protect Dylan from the truth about an impending eviction as Ray takes an unlikely and painful route to basketball stardom. Family comedy from the producer of ‘Friends.’

Monday 25 June

19:00 Station 19 01 0001 “Stuck” *Season 1 Starts*

In the series premiere of this fast-paced Shonda Rhimes instalment, the firefighting team at Station 19 respond to a call, where their Captain takes a hit and the future of the station’s leadership is put in jeopardy.

22:05 Westworld 02 0010 *Season 2 Ends*

Past and future combine in this dark sci-fi thriller about artificial consciousness, from producer JJ Abrams (Lost).

Tuesday 26 June

20:00 Chicago PD 05 0022 *Season 5 Ends*

An elite group of law enforcers take down crime in this fast-paced addition to the Chicago series, from Dick Wolf (Law & Order).

23:00 Transparent 04 0010 “House Call” *Season 4 Ends

Feeling compelled to learn more about herself in Israel, Ali stays back as the rest of the family returns to Los Angeles, in the season finale of this acclaimed dramedy.

Saturday 30 June

16:30 The Goldbergs 05 0012 “Dinner With The Goldbergs” *Season 5 Returns from break*

Based on the real-life travails of a young Adam F. Goldberg, this comedy series follows the family drama of a reluctantly close-knit clan.

Saturday 02 June

21:30 Taken 01 0001 “Pilot”     16V

22:18 Taken 01 0002 “Ready”   16V

23:06 Taken 01 0003 “Off Side” 16V

23:52 Taken 01 0004 “Mattie G” 16V

00:39 Taken 01 0005 “A Clockwork Swiss”   16V

Sunday 03 June

21:30 Taken 01 0006 “Hail Mary” 16V

22:17 Taken 01 0007 “Solo” 16V

23:04 Taken 01 0008 “Leah” 16V

23:52 Taken 01 0009 “Gone” 16V

00:40 Taken 01 0010 “I Surrender”     16V

Saturday 09 June

21:30 Suits 07 0001 “Skin In The Game”      13L

22:20 Suits 07 0002 “The Statue” 13L

23:10 Suits 07 0003 “Mudmare” 13L

00:00 Suits 07 0004 “Divide And Conquer” 13L

00:50 Suits 07 0005 “Brooklyn Housing” 13L

01:40 Suits 07 0006 “Home To Roost” 16L

02:30 Suits 07 0007 “Full Disclosure” 16L

03:20 Suits 07 0008 “100” 16L

Sunday 10 June

21:30 Suits 07 0009 “Shame”    16L

22:20 Suits 07 0010 “Donna”    16L

23:10 Suits 07 0011 “Hard Truths” 16L

00:00 Suits 07 0012 “Bad Man” 16SL

00:50 Suits 07 0013 “Inevitable” 16L

01:40 Suits 07 0014 “Pulling The Goalie”      16L

02:30 Suits 07 0015 “Tiny Violin” 16L

03:20 Suits 07 0016 “Good-Bye” 16L

Saturday 16 June

21:30 Get Shorty 01 0001 “The Pitch” 18VL

22:37 Get Shorty 01 0002 “Sins Of A Chambermaid” 18VL

23:35 Get Shorty 01 0003 “The Yips”  18VSNL

00:38 Get Shorty 01 0004 “From Stamos With Love” 18V

01:39 Get Shorty 01 0005 “A Man Of Letters” 18V

Sunday 17 June

22:00 Get Shorty 01 0006 “Epinephrine” 18VSNL

22:58 Get Shorty 01 0007 “Grace Under Pressure”  18VS

23:59 Get Shorty 01 0008 “Shot On Location” 18SN

00:59 Get Shorty 01 0009 “Turnaround” 18SN

01:57 Get Shorty 01 0010 “Blue Pages” 18VN

Saturday 23 June

21:30 Prison Break 2017 01 0001 “Ogygia”  13VL

22:18 Prison Break 2017 01 0002 “Kaniel Outis”    13VL

23:07 Prison Break 2017 01 0003 “The Liar” 13VL

23:56 Prison Break 2017 01 0004 “The Prisoner’s Dilemma” 13VL

00:45 Prison Break 2017 01 0005 “Contingency” 13VL

Sunday 24 June

21:30 Prison Break 2017 01 0006 “Phaecia” 13VL

22:18 Prison Break 2017 01 0007 “Wine-Dark Sea” 13VL

23:07 Prison Break 2017 01 0008 “Progeny” 13VL

23:55 Prison Break 2017 01 0009 Behind The Eyes 13VL

Saturday 30 June

21:30 S.W.A.T 01 0001 “Pilot”   13VSNL

22:20 S.W.A.T 01 0002 “Cuchillo” 13VL

23:10 S.W.A.T 01 0003 “Pamilya” 13VL

00:00 S.W.A.T 01 0004 “Radical” 13VL

00:50 S.W.A.T 01 0005 “Imposters” 13VL

01:40 S.W.A.T 01 0006 “Octane 13VL

02:30 S.W.A.T 01 0007 “Homecoming” 13VL

03:20 S.W.A.T 01 0008 “Miracle” 13VL

04:10 S.W.A.T 01 0009 “Blindspots” 13VL

05:00 S.W.A.T 01 0010 “Seizure” 13VL

05:50 S.W.A.T 01 0011 “K-Town”  13VL

M-Net City Movies

Friday 01 June

21:00 Blood Ties 16VSL Crime Drama

Clive Owen and Oscar winner Marion Cotillard star in this crime thriller. Two brothers on each side of the law face off in 1970s Brooklyn.

Friday 08 June

21:00 Dark Places  16VSL Thriller

Oscar winner Charlize Theron gives a gripping performance in this thriller. Thirty years after her mother’s murder, a woman returns to her home town to uncover the truth.

Friday 15 June

21:00 Secret In Their Eyes 16VL Crime Drama

Hollywood titans Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts are a rising team of detectives in this thrilling crime drama, but they are tested when one of their daughters is murdered.

Friday 22 June

21:00 No Escape 16VL Drama

Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan must fight against all odds in order to survive in this intense thriller. A family are caught in the middle of a coup and must escape to safety.

Friday 29 June

21:00 Big Sky 16VL Drama

A teenage girl has to overcome her fears and fight for her life in this thrilling drama. She must conquer her extreme fear of open and public spaces to escape crazed gunmen.

New, Returning & Series Finales

Saturday 02 June

21:00 The Originals 05 0006 *Season 5 returns from production break*

The creator of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ penned this Emmy-nominated supernatural drama, following the tumultuous lives of the first vampire family.

Sunday 03 June

19:00 Better Call Saul 03 0010 “Lantern” *Season 3 Ends*

In the season finale, Kim takes time off while Jimmy tries to make amends and Nacho gambles with his future. Critically acclaimed crime drama from the writer of ‘Breaking Bad’.

20:10 Taken 01 0001 “Pilot” *Season 1 Binge Weekend Slot Starts*Aired on M-Net*

In the series premiere of this explosive drama, a young Bryan Mills embarks on a revenge mission, after suffering a personal tragedy. Based on the blockbuster action films, this crime drama serves as an origin story.

21:05 Taken 01 0002 “Ready”

After being sidelined for weeks, Bryan gets a mission, that ends up unearthing a sinister conspiracy surrounding a government official’s death. Clive Standen stars in this crime drama, based on the blockbuster film.

Tuesday 05 June

21:00 Chance 02 0001 “Multiaxial System” *Season 2 Starts*Aired on M-Net*

In the season premiere of this compelling psychological thriller Detective Hynes blackmails Chance into using his skills to take down a suspected serial killer. Golden Globe-winner Hugh Laurie stars.

Wednesday 06 June

19:00 Instinct 01 0009 “Bad Actors” *Season 1 goes on a one week production break*

Golden Globe-nominee Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) stars in this slick crime thriller about a gifted psychology professor who assists the NYPD on the hunt for a serial killer.

Thursday 07 June

19:00 Secret City 01 0006 “Episode #06” *Season 1 Ends*

Harriet’s story compels Beijing to return Sabine Hobbs, but connections to Australian intelligence and the murder remain hidden, in the season finale of this gripping Australian thriller.

Monday 11 June

18:00 Blue Bloods 08 0001 “Cutting Losses” *Season 8 Starts*

In the season premiere, Danny contemplates retiring until Erin enlists him to help her with a case involving her ex-husband. Acclaimed, Emmy-nominated crime drama.

Tuesday 12 June

19:00 NCIS 14 0024 “Rendezvouz” *Season 14 Ends*

Gibbs, McGee and Torres travel to a remote area of Paraguay in an attempt to locate a missing Navy Seal, in the season finale of this Emmy-nominated crime drama.

20:00 The Last Ship 04 0010 “Endgame” *Season 4 Ends*

In the season finale of this fast-paced military drama Chandler confronts his enemy, and his personal demons, in a final showdown as the fate of humanity hangs in the balance. Set in a post-apocalyptic world.

Thursday 14 June

19:00 Suits 07 0001 “Skin In The Game” *Season 7 Starts*Aired on M-Net*

In the seventh season premiere of this high-stakes legal drama, Mike (Patrick J. Adams) returns to Pearson Spector Litt as Harvey (Gabriel Macht) steps into leadership of the firm.

Sunday 17 June

19:00 Taken 01 0010 “I Surrender” *Season 1 Weekend Binge Slot Ends*

In the season finale of this action-packed thriller, Bryan and John lead a rogue mission to stop Mejia’s associates-before they cross the border. Based on the blockbuster films of the same name.

20:00 Prison Break 2017 01 0001 “Ogygia” *Season 1 Weekend Binge Slot Starts*

In the series premiere of this thrilling revival, based on the blockbuster drama, Lincoln Burrows receives a mysterious and unbelievable message: his brother, Michael Scofield may still be alive.

21:00 Prison Break 2017 01 0002 “Kaniel Outis”

As Lincoln and C-Note search for the ‘Sheik of Light’, Michael and his cellmate attempt an escape. The Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated exploits of TV’s infamous imprisoned brothers returns in this revival.

Tuesday 19 June

19:00 Code Black 03 0001 “Third Year” *Season 3 Starts*Premieres on M-Net City*

In the season premiere of this heart-pounding medical drama, a drug bust-turned-shootout tests the bravery of the doctors of Angels Memorial.

20:00 The Heart Guy 02 0001 “Episode 1” *Season 2 Starts*

Hugh is facing his biggest crisis yet when his love life, career and family are all in desperate need of a help.

Wednesday 20 June

19:00 Instinct 01 0010 “Bye Bye Birdie” *Season 1 returns from production break*

Golden Globe-nominee Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) stars in this slick crime thriller about a gifted psychology professor who assists the NYPD on the hunt for a serial killer.

Saturday 23 June

22:00 The Five 01 0010 *Season 1 Ends*

After figuring out Jesse’s true identity, Pru and Slade make a shocking discovery in the season finale of this gripping crime thriller.

Saturday 30 June

22:00 The Replacement 01 0001 *Season 1 Starts*Aired on M-Net*

In the tense premiere of this dark miniseries, Ellen, an expectant mother, hires a replacement at work but soon grows suspicious of her new co-worker’s intentions. From the director of ‘Doctor Who’.

Mother (DVD) : Review

Film

Known simply as Mother (Jennifer Lawrence – PassengersX-Men: Apocalypse) and Him (Javier Bardem) a couple’s relationship is put to the ultimate test a stranger, Man (Ed Harris – In Dubious BattleGravity) arrives, and stays the night at their house. Soon after his wife, Woman (Michelle Pfeiffer), joins him. The uninvited guests disrupt their tranquil existence, with more and more people arriving as things begin to spiral more and more out of control, bringing with them their own strife.

With the cerebral nature of the film, it most certainly warrants multiple viewings, with each subsequent rewatch giving the viewer more insight into a possible interpretation of the story, the characters, and the ever changing visual narrative.

Mother! is one of those films that was hated by some, loved by many, yet is is a great piece of filmmaking, presented by a talented cast, and one that is sure to evoke debate for years to come.

Read the full SAMDB review on Mother!

Disc

Overall, the disc could be better technically, with the video being a bit too compressed, where there is still some space left on the disc, that could have been used for a higher bitrate on the video.

The main feature is one of those films that one either loves or hates, yet is a great piece of film work non-the-less.

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

Video

Video is encoded at a below average bitrate, leaving some visible artefacts on-screen, however, given the constant camera movement, this is not all that easy to see. Colours are not vibrant, and there are some areas where there are small amounts of colour bleed evident. Darker scenes look slightly washed out, and lacking in detail.

While this could be scaled up to a higher resolution screen, coupling this with a larger screen would merely make the visual artefacts all that more evident. A pity, as a lot of the film depends on the visual narrative as the story progresses.

Audio

Audio is encoded at a decent average bitrate, and presented in a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. Dialogue is present and clear on the front and centre channels, with the surround channels serving to expand the on-screen world with more ambient sound.

Navigation

The main menu is static, easy to follow, and with a background image, with no accompanying music. There are text links to play the main feature, audio options, subtitles, special features, and scene selections.

The audio options sub-menu has a text list of the various audio languages, including descriptive audio in English.

The subtitles sub-menus have text lists for the subtitle choices, including English for the hearing impaired.

The special features menu has text links for the two bonus features.

The scene selection sub-menus each have four large colour, still thumbnails, for a total of twenty chapters. While these are large, and numbered, they are not labelled, nor listed on a package insert in the casing, meaning that navigating to a particular part of the film may require some guesswork. It may be best to create ones own bookmarks in hardware or software, when playing.

Bonus Features

Mother! The Downward Spiral – A behind the scenes look at the making of Mother! and how the filmmakers achieved the changing look and feel of the film.

This is a rather lengthy feature, full of interesting information about story and the filming process. Some very insightful input from the filmmakers, including the actors sharing about their respective characters, and the various on-screen relationships.

This is a great bonus feature to have on a disc, just going by the plethora of information and access it provides. A great addition for viewers and filmmakers alike.

The Makeup FX Of Mothers – A brief look at the various practical effects for make-up used in the film, and a behind the scenes look at their creation, including the animatronics used in the film. While brief, this featurette does provide some interesting information.

There is also a trailer for the TV series Twin Peaks, that auto-plays at the beginning of the disc. This can be skipped, or fast-forwarded. There is also a polite message prior to this, stating that you can directly access the main disc menu, should you wish.

Packaging

Packaging is pretty standard, with a poster, title and main cast on the front. On the back are some stills from the main feature, a brief synopsis, a listing of languages, subtitles, and the bonus features. There is also the usual technical information provided.

The packaging does not contain any inserts, such as chapter listing.

 

Africa’s First Live TV Shopping Channel Will Launch On DStv In South Africa 1 June 2018

TV Mall to launch on DStv

Africa’s first live TV shopping channel will launch on DStv in South Africa on 1 June 2018.
It will offer customers entertaining and informative product presentations from the comfort of their own homes.

TV Mall will launch on DStv channel 173 on 1 June 2018, where presenters and product experts will provide information and education on a wide range of shopping choices from fashion to furniture, technology to toys, and food to fitness.

TV Mall is a 24-hour a day channel which will initially broadcast live for 6 hours a day. These hours will be from Monday to Friday, 6- 8am, 12-2pm and 8:30-10:30pm. On Saturday and Sunday, it will broadcast live from 6am to 12pm. Outside of these times, repeats and promos will play.

Nicky Fitz, CEO of TV Mall says: “In a vibrant digital and retail market place, we provide our viewers with informative and honest presentations so that they can make an informed shopping decision. We are empowering our viewers with access to the world of shopping at their fingertips. DStv puts our mall into living rooms across South Africa and enables us to introduce a higher standard of information, fair-value and customer service. We strive to exceed expectations and to be a safe, easy and fun experience.”

In the age of digitisation, just about everything has gone online and shopping is certainly no exception. TV Mall promises to entertain DStv customers, while educating them on product innovation. Today’s customer is stressed and poorly informed – TV Mall strives to be convenient, authentic and fun to watch.

TV Mall is a new concept for South Africa. Every product has a story and DStv enables the channel to demonstrate the product and place it in the lives of viewers. The presenters are informative, friendly and dedicated to provide accurate and a pleasant, soft-selling approach. The channel provides a platform that gives entrepreneurs and innovators the chance to showcase their products to a wider audience. TV Mall will also work with regional commerce departments to expand exposure and increase trade.

While home shopping channels have been filling screens since the 1980’s internationally, online shopping has greatly enriched the home shopping experience. TV Mall will offer customers the option to make purchases online, on a mobile app or through a call centre 24-hours a day.

With its South African flavour, TV Mall will excite, educate and entertain, providing the perfect occasion to enjoy shopping anytime and anywhere. It really is a 360 degree shopping experience at your fingertip.

TV Mall will launch on 1 June 2018 on DStv channel 173, and will be available to DStv customers on Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family, Access and EasyView.