Movie Firearms Training – Mil.Spec.

Your 1 Day Training Consists of

General Firearms Handling – Revolvers, Pistols, Rifles, Assault Rifles, Shotguns ensuring that you look competent for camera when handling these firearms, loading & unloading, clearing, making ready, aiming, moving & carrying, and that you are safe and competent when firing on set.

Your fee of R1,950 includes

  • All Firearms and blank ammunition
  • Snacks, Lunch Platters and Bottled Water
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Date: Sunday 10 June 2018
Time: 8.15am to approx: 5pm
Venue: Cape Town Film Studios
Address: Corner of Baden Powel Drive and N2 Highway, Faure, Cape Town

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IBFC Statement – Filmmakers Condemn Sexual Harassment And Violence

It has been three weeks since Phil Mphela broke the news of public allegations of sexual misconduct by filmmaker Khalo Matabane. Since then several brave women including, Buhle Zule, Rosie Motene, Ingeborg Lichtenberg, Nico Athene, Palesa Letlaka, and twitter user @iamzathemum among others, have come to relate personal stories of how they have been subjected to various forms of sexual harassment including allegedly being raped by Khalo. Industry activists including Florence Masebe, Simphiwe Dana, and leaders of SWIFT (Sisters Working in Film and Television) have raised their voices and concerns in several publications and on radio and social media, condemning Khalo’s behavior and highlighting other serious cases of sexual misconduct, harassment and assault by their male counterparts, casting agents, producers, cast and crew on and off set. However, the absence of individual and collective voices of male filmmakers, actors, producers and industry leaders, executives and government officials over the last 3 weeks has simply been outrageously unbelievable and honestly unacceptable.

Raising his voice publicly for the first time on the allegations against Khalo, acclaimed filmmaker, director and producer of Kalushi, and founding Member of the IBFC, (Independent Black Filmmakers Collective) Mandla Dube says “I have known Khalo as a starter filmmaker and now a accomplished award winning director of documentaries and fiction work for many years. I too am guilty of abuse for not speaking out, I too am guilty of abuse for not taking a stand when it was someone I know and who I have worked with. I too am at fault for not reaching out to my sisters and colleagues to check “are you getting help?” I should have acted sooner. Having suffered abuse myself at an early age I can no longer just empathize with the women, men and young kids that are are continually victimised . When sex is not consensual it is rape and we cannot call it by any other name. The fact is that when in power men and women abuse that position and our industry is rampant with that behavior. On behalf of the IBFC I pledge that we will work with other industry stakeholders, including SWIFT to take action including educational campaigns, ensuring support for victims and naming and shaming perpetrators while at the same time creating codes and legislation that will penalize companies that tolerate harassment,” says Dube.

“ Personally I believe Buhle, Rosie and any other woman or man that has the courage to come out and say I have been harassed, I have been molested, I have been raped,” says Lebone Maema, interim secretary of the Independent Black Filmmakers Collective. One of the reasons our male colleagues in the industry have not publicly taken a position or acted to condemn Khalo and others like him not only in the film and TV but across multiple industries nationally, is that many are possibly not conscious of how they should be relating to their female colleagues and are therefore guilty of the same offensive and unacceptable behavior” says Maema.

Veteran filmmakers Ramadan Suleman, Glenn Ujebe Masokoane and Mickey Dube who are are also members of the IBFC Working committee also voiced their condemnation of any kind of sexual harassment and abuse. “Rumours have been circulating in whispers the past month naming one and a few amongst us. Courageous women have come forward as victims of sexual abuse in the film and television industry. It is ridiculous that some are questioning, like legal advisers, the validity of these “accusations”. In the name of my mothers, sisters, daughters, nieces, I stand with the victims. It is no easy task for you to speak publicly. It takes courage and you do so for the majority, I salute you. We have to condemn the attitude of our male colleagues collectively. Your behaviour is unmanly, abnormal and inhuman. You should not be allowed to work within our mist.” Ramadan Suleman

It is the saddest day in the history of South African film and the broad cultural movement to have one us prominent fall from grace because of his indiscretion and reactionary tendencies of taking liberties with women. As a father of a beautiful daughter I am deeply offended by Khalo Matabane’s action of preying on innocent girl-children who so wished to be part of this glorious industry of film. To be abused and sexually molested by an upstarts like Khalo says a lot about us Black men in the film industry who abuse their power of authority to deflower young girls for a lousy role in a television project. There is no place for such characters like Khalo Matabane in our midst. South African Black cinema has no room for villains who prey hopes and bodies of women. Glenn Ujebe Masokoane.

“First l want to apologize to all the women in general, but more specifically to the women of the IBFC, because what l am going to say may not come out right, that l may be patronizing as a man in my statement may sound like this is about me when it is actually about you as a woman and how you feel when you hear that another one of your kind has been abused in whatever form we men are capable of in our quest for your body, that on this group l have been complicit in allowing for ideas about women’s abuse, especially by one of our own, to find fertile ground, to be given space when in fact l should, as a man, be enraged not just on your behalf, but because as a black man whose own sisters and nieces and mother have been perpetually abused, and l have been extremely enraged by it, but have not been equally enraged on this platform. I will accept to be chastised by you for speaking out like this, feebly, a little too late. I want to pledge, right here right now, that l will never do that again, that l will act much more immediately to your cries in the same way l do when it is my direct sister. I will refuse to be in the company of those that will have given you pain, abused you, treated you in a manner that trivializes you. I will be much more robust in rejecting these men, even if they are my closest friends. I know this sounds desperate, but these are desperate times that demand decisive action and l am ready for that action. I want to declare that l have never abused any woman, never molested one, never used my position as a Producer/Director and company owner to solicit sexual favours from a woman, and certainly never raped any woman. And if there is a woman who arises and accuses me of sexual abuse, molestation, rape or any of those detestable acts Khalo has been accused of that us men make women go through, then reject me totally, shame me, humiliate me in public, refuse to ever interact with me and if l am sent to jail it will serve me right, if l don’t ever get to participate in this film industry that l love then l will be deserving of this completely. And l want to challenge my black brothers to do the same,” Mickey Dube.

The challenge is to dismantle the relationship between Patriarchy, Power and its abuse. The consequent lack of understanding by men who mostly fail to listen , let alone understand some of the challenges faced by female partners and colleagues is a global problem. This is not peculiar to the film industry as has been witnessed by the global #METOO and TIMESUP campaign, as well as local campaigns #ITSNOTOK and #NOTINMYNAME. The IBFC encourages continued discourse and engagement. We will be engaging with members and stakeholders and hope that the TV and film industry will take a stand towards ensuring safe environments for women in the industry.

No more silence, No more self censorship, No more hiding in shame for not calling a snake a snake.

Independent Black Filmmakers Collective (IBFC)


Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 6 May 2018

M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 6 May 2018 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00



Lesotho Water Waste

With recent heavy rains, Gauteng’s water shortage seems to be a distant memory to most. But in reality, the province faces many water supply problems.  Experts suggest that  Gauteng will experience a serious water crisis by 2020. Why then are 2.1 billion litres of water from the Katse dam running into an already overfull Vaal System daily? Carte Blanche investigates.

Producer: Mart-Marie Faure
Presenter: Derek Watts
Researcher: Siniketiwe Hlanze

An Anatomy of Hope

Lesedi Sekgolo is 16 years old and has Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare cancer that affects the bones, while Arabella van Rooyen is just six years old with Nephroblastoma, a cancer of the kidneys. Yet these young children remain hopeful despite the challenging odds.  So why do some people find and sustain hope during difficult circumstances, while others do not? Now after years of studying the recovery of his patients, US oncologist Dr Jerome Groopman, may finally have unlocked the answers.

Producer: Diana Lucas
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender

Transnet Pension Funds

For 15 years, desperate Transnet pensioners have been calling for pension increases they could actually live on.  By 2013 it had culminated in the country’s largest class action lawsuit, but five years later, the case is yet to be heard. Meanwhile, thousands of pensioners are living below the poverty line with some couples so destitute they’re forced to take turns to eat. Despite protests, court cases and parliamentary recommendations, nothing has changed. Carte Blanche asks: why is nobody paying attention to the plight of these pensioners?

Producer: Liz Fish
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

The Silver Bullet

A revolutionary drug discovery by scientists at the University of Johannesburg is taking the fight against cancer to new levels. Experts are calling it the silver bullet, a remarkable compound which could stop cancer cells in their tracks.  Carte Blanche analyses this astonishing medical development.

Producer: Eugene Botha
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
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A Statement From The Academy – Bill Cosby & Roman Polanski

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors met on Tuesday night (May 1) and has voted to expel actor Bill Cosby and director Roman Polanski from its membership in accordance with the organization’s Standards of Conduct. The Board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity.


Shock Result: Strategist Seamus First Castaway To Be Voted Off Survivor South Africa: Philippines

An “Ace” up some tribe members’ sleeves resulted in a surprise tribal council result in the very first strategy-packed and fast-paced episode of Survivor South Africa Philippines. Even though he played the South African version of the “greatest game on Earth” with gusto right from the moment he set foot on the island, property broker Seamus Holmes (25) from Durban, became the first castaway to be voted off this season at tribal council.

Being an unapologetic villain, strategist and super fan of the Survivor worldwide franchise, Seamus planned to tell lies and orchestrate blindsides aplenty. Little did he know how his fellow Survivors would turn his craving for chaos into his own demise.

When his tribe, Luzon, lost the immunity challenge – and the reward of fire – to tribe Mindanao, everything was going Seamus’s way. Friendly “misfit” and down-to-earth guy-next-door Ace was the tribe’s obvious target after he and adventure camp manager Tom didn’t live up to their expectations during the fire-making challenge. In a genius move at the time, Seamus then started to plot against Tom, whom he quickly identified as a master of playing the social side of the game.

It seemed as if everyone was buying into the plan to blindside Tom. In the meantime, however, Tom’s friend Chané, who believed that it was not Tom’s time to go yet, persuaded her bestie Annalize that they had what it took to give Seamus a little bit of his own medicine –  blindsiding HIM! To pull this off they had to tell Tom about Seamus’s strategy and in an unforeseen chain of events, Tom decided to confront the puppet master. That left the tribe divided with a group forming around Tom and others sticking to Seamus’ alliance. The tables were now turned as the man at the top of the pack of cards – the swing vote whose decision at tribal council would seal either Tom or Seamus’ fate – was now none other than the tribe’s initial target, Ace.

Did the fact that Tom consoled an emotional and conflicted Ace the evening before, advising him to follow his heart,play a role when Ace wrote Seamus’s name down? Or is Ace perhaps outsmarting his tribe mates from the get-go too? Only time will tell…

“The turn of events in this week’s Survivor SA just shows once again that everything is unpredictable on the island and that anything can happen at any time in this game,” says M-Net’s Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard. “These castaways all desperately want to win the game they love and will go to great lenghts to become the Sole Survivor. It’s going to be an explosive series.”

While the Luzon tribe was plotting and scheming before their first tribal council, life was just as eventful at tribe Mindanao. One castaway killed a snake, another told all kinds of untruths and the search for a hidden immunity idol began immediately.

While the intrigue will continue next week Thursday at 19:00 on M-Net 101, 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 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.


Solo: A Star Wars Story – Ticket Sales Now Open


Bookings for Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated in-cinema release of Solo: A Star Wars Story are now open

Star Wars: Force for Change to Donate Up To $1 Million to Support UNICEF

May 4th is a day Star Wars fans have chosen to celebrate and honour all-things-Star-Wars, be it by posting Star Wars related content to social media, hosting Star Wars screening parties, wearing Star Wars costumes and clothing, or shopping for Star Wars merchandise. Why May 4th? Because, as it happens, fans invented a clever turn of phrase based on the classic Star Wars slogan “May the Force Be With You” back in 1978: “May the FOURTH Be With You”. While originally invoked among US fans as a Fourth of July greeting, it was reset to May 4th the following year when a full-page ad appeared in the May 4, 1979 issue of The London Evening News to congratulate British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on her taking office that day: “May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations!”

Since then, and especially in recent years, Star Wars fans have claimed May 4th as their day, a day that has also given Lucasfilm an opportunity to give back to the Star Wars community that honours that galaxy far, far away. This year, in the name of Star Wars: Force for Change – an initiative that inspires people to make a positive impact on the world – Lucasfilm and Disney will be giving back wherever they can, and we encourage fans to do the same.

Since 2012, Lucasfilm has encouraged May the 4th activities through its official website and social channels as well as provided built-in discounts and special offers on Star Wars merchandise. And since “May the 4th Be With You” doesn’t carry the same witty punch when translated into other languages, “Star Wars Day” has been adopted to establish a global meaning for this annual worldwide celebration.

For more information on the history of Star Wars Day, check out this article on


Lucasfilm and Star Wars: Force for Change have announced Roar For Change, a global challenge in support of UNICEF. The initiative invites fans and families to share their own version of Chewbacca’s iconic roar. For each public post, like, or share on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter that includes #RoarForChange between May 3 – 25, 2018, Star Wars: Force for Change U.S. will donate $1 to UNICEF, up to $1 million. Funds will be used to support UNICEF’s lifesaving work for children around the world.

“Every year, May 4th has seen fans across the globe become Forces for Change and rally around good causes,” says Paul Gainer, Head of Disney Consumer Products Commercialization. “This year, as part of the countdown to the launch of Solo: A Star Wars Story, we’re giving them a fun way to support UNICEF while celebrating Han’s legendary sidekick Chewbacca, and his iconic roar, which is almost as recognizable as the Wookiee warrior himself.”

Fans can share their best Chewbacca impersonation, don Hasbro’s Electronic Chewbacca mask, or create a Dubsmash using one of Chewbacca’s best-known roars from the Star Wars saga, which will be hosted on the app’s homepage for the duration of the campaign.

The initiative kicked off with a video featuring the cast of Solo: A Star Wars Story, revealing Chewbacca’s diva behavior on the set of the new movie, which hits theaters on May 25.

“Chewbacca may not always have the best temperament but beneath the gruff exterior is a heart of gold,” says director Ron Howard in the launch video. “That’s why he’s challenging you to Roar for Change.”

Partners from across the Star Wars galaxy have joined forces to celebrate the initiative. LEGO is taking to the streets of New York with the first-ever Brick Millennium Falcon pedicab to promote Roar for Change and give fans the chance to roar alongside Chewbacca himself in Bryant Park on May 4. Hasbro and Funko each met the challenge to Roar for Change and created celebratory
videos to help unlock the donation to UNICEF.

Star Wars: Force for Change, a charitable initiative from Lucasfilm and Disney, harnesses the strength of Star Wars to empower and improve the lives of children around the world. Since 2014 when it was inspired by Star Wars fans, Star Wars: Force for Change has raised over $16 million to date for charitable causes around the world.

Nearly one in four children worldwide are severely malnourished. UNICEF is working in 190 countries and territories to defend children’s rights and, among other issues, help address malnutrition. On behalf of Star Wars: Force for Change, funds unlocked through this campaign will help UNICEF to provide Ready-to-Use-Therapeutic Food packets to children suffering from malnutrition, helping them to have a chance at a brighter future.

“We are thrilled to team up with Star Wars: Force for Change and Chewbacca to help improve the lives of malnourished children around the world. It’s incredible to see Star Wars fans rally around the spirit of Chewbacca and UNICEF’s lifesaving mission. Together, we can protect all that is good in a galaxy not so far away,” said Rajesh Anandan, Senior Vice President of UNICEF Ventures, UNICEF USA.

Learn more about the campaign at

About Star Wars: Force For Change #ForceForChange

Star Wars: Force for Change, a charitable initiative from Lucasfilm and Disney, harnesses the strength of Star Wars to empower and improve the lives of children around the world. Since 2014, it was inspired by Star Wars fans, and the countless hours they have dedicated to philanthropy over the past four decades. To date, over $16 million has been raised for charitable causes around the world on behalf of Star Wars: Force for Change. With a bright future ahead, and new Star Wars stories to be told, Force for Change aims to continue collaborating with causes and encouraging others to be forces for change in their own community. To learn more, please visit

About Solo: A Star Wars Story

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

The film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, and Paul Bettany.

Ron Howard directs “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” and Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are the producers. Lawrence Kasdan, Jason McGatlin, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller serve as executive producers. Jonathan Kasdan & Lawrence Kasdan wrote the screenplay. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” opens in theaters on May 25, 2018.


UNICEF saves and protects the world’s most vulnerable children, working to ensure child rights and providing health care, immunizations, nutrition, access to safe water and sanitation services, basic education, protection and emergency relief. Through their work in over 190 countries, UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization.

May the 4th be with you…always.



Delegate Registration Opens For 9th Durban FilmMart : 20-23 July 2018

Early Bird delegate registration for Africa’s premier film finance and co-production market, the Durban FilmMart (DFM), is now open.

Filmmakers make the most of the opportunity to network during the 2017 DFM

The DFM will take place from 20 to 23 July, forming an integral part of the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) which takes place from 19 to 29 July.

Now in its 9th edition, the DFM programme includes masterclasses, seminars, workshops, labs and networking opportunities for African and international filmmakers to collaborate, share knowledge and benchmark themselves and their work within a global and continental context.

Focus areas this year will include discussions and presentations on the evolution of digital distribution structures and development and finance trends shaping the industry. The programme will also explore the future of virtual reality filmmaking and emerging themes and genres.

As South Africa prepares to host the BRICS summit in 2018, the Durban FilmMart programme will take a look at co-production with the BRICS countries as well as the impacts of policy on filmmaking and creative expression. Other topics will include financing opportunities in the respective countries and the general state of film across the BRICS cluster.

Filmmakers gather in the DFM lounge to listen updates on the SA industry at the 2017 edition

The changing role of women in front and behind the camera will be challenged over the 4 days. This focus is fuelled by the global #MeToo campaign, but in SA begun with the creation almost two years ago of SWIFT – Sisters Working in Film and Television – now a formidable organisation making important changes in the industry.  As part of its important work of lobbying and advocacy for fair representation and equal access of women to the film industry, SWIFT will lead a critical, yet constructive discussion centered on systemic patriarchal systems that perpetuate inequality and the marginalisation of women.

A core component of the DFM is the finance forum in which 16 pre-selected projects from various countries will pitch in sessions with the intention of finding potential sponsors, funders or partners to aid the making of their films. Of these projects, 8 are documentaries and  8 are fiction features.

Two lab programmes are included in the DFM: Jumpstart, is a programme supported by Produire au Sud of Festival des 3 Continents, France for selected emerging filmmakers who will have an opportunity to hone their pitching skills. Cine-FAM-Africa, is an incubator programme led by CaribbeanTales Vice-President Nicole Brooks, aimed at South African women producers and African women producers living in South Africa with serialized television projects.

A masterclass on “making socially impactful documentaries” at the 2017 DFM

Early bird registration is open until 4 June 2018. Early bird fees are R1250  (ZAR) for the four day programme, which includes four day’s access to the DFM Industry Programme, access to DFM producers lounge and DFM networking events, 10 tickets to Durban International Film Festival screenings and company information published in the industry manual. After 4 June fees are R1550 for the full programme while daily passes are R450 each (the daily pass does not include tickets to DIFF screenings or access into the opening and closing events).  All tickets exclude meals.

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Being Bonang Season 2, Back By Popular Demand

Being Bonang Season 2, Back By Popular Demand

The hit reality TV show, Being Bonang, which chronicles the glamorous life of Africa’s most sought after entertainment personality and multi-award winning presenter and style icon, Bonang Matheba, returns to our screens on May 4th, at 19:30, on 1 Magic DSTV Channel 103.

“So much has happened since the first season of Being Bonang! I’ve entered my thirties, and not only have I moved and pushed my brand globally, but I have also changed and amended my personal perspectives on life. I’m super excited to share these moments with my fans ”say’s Bonang who recently returned from London where she was invited to celebrate the inspirational life of Madiba as the MC of the Global Gift Nelson Mandela Centenary dinner, one of London’s most distinguished annual charity events.

Season one entralled fans with a slice of Brand Bonang, seeing the queen share all from intimate moments and personal struggles to building an African empire. She shared highs and lows with front row seats to what it really entailed to Being Bonang. Not to mention learning the fascinating lingo of Benglish along the way!

Back by popular demand – Season two picks up where season one left off, this time stepping it up to new levels where we see Brand Bonang positioned globally, with a new crew, all the while living the high life with Moghel Pinky girl and boo Sefiso.

“We are excited to have Bonang return to our channel for a second season of the reality show, Being Bonang,  says Reneilwe Sema, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net. Season one of the show resonated with our viewers and we believe the new season will surpass that”

Diving right back into this grueling work ethic, in Being Bonang 2, fans will not only experience Bonang’s action-packed, globetrotting world, but will also be afforded a glimpse into her personal growth, emotions and private moments.

Being Bonang, 1Magic, DStv channel 103, Fridays, 19h30.

Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and connect, using hashtags #BeingBonang and @1Magic .


10 Reasons Why “Animals” Is The Adult Animation You Should Be Binging

New York City is the least hospitable place on earth to live – at least for the downtrodden creatures living there. That’s the premise of Animals., HBO’s hit animation for adults, which Vulture calls “one of the funniest, most idiosyncratic shows on television.”

Here are 10 reasons to find time to binge-watch these unexpected tales of urban life now that Animals.’ second season is streaming first and only on Showmax in South Africa.

1. It gives voice to the voiceless

If you’ve ever wished humans would shut up and pass the mic, Animals. is the show for you. As creator Phil Matarese told Vox, “We think the world revolves around us, and maybe it doesn’t. We share this planet with lots of different things; let’s give someone else a chance to speak.”

2. It’s about animals, but you’ll relate

Whether it’s lovelorn rats, gender-questioning pigeons or bedbugs in the midst of a midlife crisis, the awkward small talk, moral ambiguity and existential woes of these non-human urbanites prove startlingly similar to our own.

3. It’s animation. For adults

Like South Park, Archer, Bojack Horseman, Big Mouth and Ricky and Morty, Animals. is part of a growing wave of animation that’s not designed for you to watch with your toddler. To quote CommonSense Media, “Parents need to know that Animals. is an animated series that isn’t meant for kids. It contains strong (and often crude) innuendo, scenes featuring (animated) sex acts, and strong references to sexual violence. There’s lots of cursing, drinking, and some drug use, too.”

4. It’s animated by the same people who made Rick & Morty

Animals. is animated by Starburns, whose founders are responsible for not only Cartoon Network’s cult hit Rick & Morty but Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman’s Oscar-nominated Anomalisa too. Both those animations scored over 90% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, so you’re in safe, if slightly warped, hands.

5. It stars your favourite actors as animals

Part of the joy of Animals. is matching the voice to the celebrity. Season one treated us to everyone from double Oscar-nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), as a turkey separated from her husband on Thanksgiving, to Big Little Lies’ Adam Scott, as a goose masquerading as a black swan, whose identity is given away by his sex honk, to Golden Globe winner Aziz Ansari (Master of None), as a prejudiced purebred dog.

Season two’s cast includes Oscar-winner Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost), double Oscar-nominee Jonah Hill (The Wolf Of Wall Street), triple Emmy-nominee Emilia Clarke (Khaleesi in Game of Thrones); six-time Emmy-nominee Mindy Kaling (The Office), seven-time Emmy-nominee Jason Alexander (George in Seinfeld); and 11-time Emmy-nominee Fred Armisen (Portlandia), among others.

6. Your favourite musicians have musical cameos

In season one, there was guitar hero Kurt Vile as a squirrel and ASAP Rocky and ASAP Ferg as rapping bodega cats, among other standouts. In season two, you can look forward to Ice-T rapping a recap of the first season; to Killer Mike and Outkast’s Big Boi as rapping foxes; and to musical cameos from Solange, Usher and Kim Gordon, among others.

7. Hate animation? There’s a live action episode

Humans, episode five of season two, focuses completely on the humans of the series for the first time. It’s also the first episode to be entirely live action, rather than animated. Inside the headquarters of evil conglomerate Pesci Co, the unscrupulous Dr Labcoat (RuPaul) prepares for the roll out of the “Green Pill,” a mysterious cure for the virus plaguing New York City throughout the season.

8. Critics feel strongly about it. Very strongly

Look, we’re aware Animals. isn’t for everyone. Variety loathed it, calling it “extraordinarily tedious,” “unfunny,” “unexceptional,” “excruciating,” “tepid,” “anemic,” “uninspired” and “derivative,” ending “Pigeons and rats deserve better than this.”

On the other hand, San Francisco Chronicle adored it, calling it “hilariously revolting,” “crazy good,” a “delicious off-the-wall comedy,” and “batty and brilliant as it turns the whole notion of anthropomorphic cartoon animals on its fuzzy ear.”

9. Audiences love it

While critics disagreed, audiences were unanimous in their praise: season one has an 88% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes; season two has 83%.

10. HBO has just renewed ‘Animals.’ for a third season

Yes, that’s more than HBO gave Rome and Flight of the Conchords, which are both high up on IMDB’s top rated TV list.


ZIFF Partner With Robert Bosch Foundation And Afridocs To Award Golden Dhow For Documentary Film

The Zanzibar International Film Festival is excited to announce a partnership with the Robert Bosch Foundation and AfriDocs to award the Golden Dhow for Best Documentary.

ZIFF has always celebrated documentary films and 2018 will be no exception, with the announcement that The Robert Bosch Foundation, along with STEPS under which AfriDocs is managed, will be sponsoring the prize that will accompany the Golden Dhow for Best Documentary. The award is the most prestigious award presented at ZIFF and the prize for 2018 will include a scholarship to the top film school in Germany for a semester, the Film Academy Baden- Württemberg in Ludwigsburg.

STEPS, the documentary production company behind the innovative free streaming platform AfriDocs (, will also offer the winning film a distribution contact for the African continent.

ZIFF Festival Director Fabrizio Colombo explains further, “this year ZIFF has already received over 900 documentary film submissions, more than we have ever received. We are very excited for this year’s competition since we are now able to offer documentary filmmakers an award that will truly advance their career, no matter of they are just starting out or a more established filmmaker. Finally, for the first time, the documentary competition will have a dedicated jury of experts thanks to The Robert Bosch Foundation. This will give an important place to this category in our Festival.”

Don Edkins, Founder and Director of AfriDocs, has this to say of the partnership, “AfriDocs is proud to partner with The Robert Bosch Foundation in presenting this award at ZIFF. For the first time the Golden Dhow for Best Documentary will be awarded. AfriDocs is committed to the promotion and development of the documentary format in Africa and we are therefore very excited about this collaboration with one of the most important film festivals on the continent.”

About ZIFF

ZIFF is one of the highlights of the island nation’s cultural calendar with thousands of people attending every year. Films, filmmakers, film-lovers and tourists all flock to the 9 day event that celebrates music, the arts and the spirit of the island itself.

The ZIFF Festival of the Dhow Countries is organized by ZIFF, a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 1998 in Zanzibar to promote and showcase the culture of the Dhow Countries.

ZIFF is:

  • The largest multi-disciplinary cultural festival of its kind in East Africa.
  • The longest running film festival in the region
  • Listed in the top 5 film and music festivals in Africa
  • Tourism friendly – has acquired the reputation of a top Cultural Tourism product
  • International- on average over 40 countries are represented.
  • Music-oriented programme that includes over 30 local, regional and international acts
  • Social – with ties to cultural, civic, film and social NGO’s across Africa
  • Developmental – with a strong focus on workshops and outreach
  • Business friendly – with various partners, sponsors and a market driven approach to film, tourism & culture.