Independent Cinema Releases From Ster-Kinekor Entertainment Opening 3 August 2018

Opening Friday 3 August 2018 in South African cinemas

Hotel Artemis

Age Restriction: 16 DLV
Run time: 94 Mins
Cast: Jodie Foster, Sofia Boutella, Dave Bautista, Sterling K. Brown
Director: Drew Pearce


It’s a Wednesday night in the year 2028, and the streets of downtown Los Angeles are impassable. With the most violent riot in L.A. history in its third night, the city’s privatised police force is pummelling blue war-painted protesters whose only demand is clean water. Amidst this chaos, four men clad in skull masks find themselves in the middle of a failed bank heist. After turning the situation around, Sherman Atkins (STERLING K. BROWN, “This Is Us”) leads his brother Lev Atkins (BRIAN TYREE HENRY, “Atlanta”) and their two cohorts out of the bank –right into a fire fight with the cops. Injured and seeing no other option, Sherman leads them to their only hope for survival…

Mary Shelley

Age Restriction: 16 DS
Run time: 120 Mins
Cast: Elle Fanning, Maisie Williams, Douglas Booth, Stephen Dillane
Director: HaifaaAl-Mansour


Mary Shelley tells the story of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin -author of one of the world’s most famous Gothic novels ‘Frankenstein’ -and her fiery, tempestuous relationship with re-nowned romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. The pair are two outsiders constrained by po-lite society but bound together by a natural chemistry and progressive ideas that are beyond the boundaries of their age and time. Mary and Percy declare their love for each other and much to her family’s horror they run away together, joined by Mary’s half-sister Claire. In the midst of growing tension within their relationship during their stay at Lord Byron’s house at Lake Geneva, the idea of Frankenstein is conceived when a challenge is put to all house guests to write a ghost story. An incredible character is created, which will loom large in popular culture for centuries to come, but society at the time puts little value in female authors. At the tender age of 18, Mary is forced to challenge these preconceptions, to protect her work and to forge her own identity.


Terminatryx 16th Anniversary SA Tour

To celebrate its 16th year of creating Alternative audio and visual experiences, Cape Town’s TERMINATRYX will play a series of shows revealing its many sides, from Cape Town to Gauteng, across July – August 2018.

With Alternative flavours running through Rock, Metal and Gothic, bolted together with an Industrial punch, over the years Terminatryx has made music on their own terms, defying convention and always setting out to do something exciting.

The last year also saw the band go through another evolution, including scaling back to being a three-piece, and plans for a new (but not unfamiliar) expansion of the Terminatryx sound.

Respected for its longevity, across the last 16 years the female-fronted band has released four album, a DVD, various compilations (releases on CD, digital download & streaming, and limited editions incl. LP, cassette, unique USB format).

Terminatryx has performed across South Africa from clubs to festivals, as well as Germany (and selected to open for international acts like Ministry, VNV Nation and Diary Of Dreams).
The band’s high quality music videos have screened at international film festivals and won awards.

The Duality Tour dates will take the shape of:

a DJ set as Xtermin8 (at M4A’s Winterfest ’18, Metronome, Cape Town)
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a more Metal-edged live set at Sundowners (Alberton, Johannesburg) with the mighty BOARGAZM and slick POLAR DUST
(this will be the first Boargazm show after a lengthy silence)
Doors open 7pm

This show will be a more Gothic / Industrial slanted set at Rumours Rock City (Randburg, Johannesburg), headlining The Metalist’s ‘Release The Bats’ event (joined by IN MISERY, MR. BUTCHER, HEXOTERICKA + DJs & stalls)
Doors open 4pm.
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The first Terminatryx live show of the Duality Tour’s Cape Town leg will be at Trenchtown (Observatory, Cape Town), alongside POLAR DUST (down from Gauteng for their ‘Burning In Water Tour’), plus Cape Town powerhouse  HOLO (a 4th act may be added) From 8pm
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ALTERnatives – The Festival
A long overdue all day festival featuring 11 acts of wide ranging alternative extractions, at Hillcrest Quarry (Durbanville, Cape Town).  From 10am
Line-up includes: Terminatryx, Polar Dust, Lithium, OhGod, Mark Haze, Grimehouse, The Sweet Resistance, The Medicine Dolls, The ShhArt Ensemble, Isobel, Thylasine and DJs Nytrox and Myster-i
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Shakespeare In Love Returns | The Fugard

Shakespeare in Love
Returns due to popular demand
From 14 August 2018
A romantic comedy … of errors.

Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre present the return season of Shakespeare in Love from 14 August 2018. Written by Lee Hall and adapted from the Academy Award-winning (1999) screenplay by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman, the comedy ran for an extended sold out season at the West End’s Noel Coward Theatre in London in 2014.

The return season of this South African premiere features 20 actors, and a dog, and is directed by the Fugard Theatre’s resident director Greg Karvellas (The Father, Clybourne Park, Bad Jews, Significant Other). Stepping into the role of Will Shakespeare is Daniel Mpilo Richards who dazzled audiences as Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks, in the Fugard Theatre’s West Side Story earlier this year.

Young Will Shakespeare has writer’s block … the deadline for his new play is fast approaching but he is in desperate need of inspiration. That is, until he finds his muse – Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will’s greatest admirer and will stop at nothing (including breaking the law) to appear in his next play. Against a bustling background of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics, Will’s love for Viola quickly blossoms and inspires him to write his greatest masterpiece.

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Awards Festival

39th Durban International Film Festival Awards

The 39th Durban International Film Festival held its awards ceremony on Saturday (July 28) at Suncoast CineCentre on as filmmakers and film-lovers gathered to watch the official closing film Rafiki, directed by Wanuri Kahiu.

A total of 17 awards were given out at the ceremony:

Best Feature Film: The Reports on Sarah and Saleem, directed by Muayad Alayan, and produced by Muayad Alayan, Rami Alayan, Hans de Wolf, Hanneke Niens, Rebekka Garrido, Rodrigo Iturralde, Georgina Gonzalez, and Alejandro Duran. The award is accompanied by a cash prize of R50 000.

Best South African Feature Film: High Fantasy, directed by Jenna Bass and produced by David Horler and Steven Markovitz. The film received a cash prize of R25 000.

Best Documentary: New Moon, produced and directed by Philippa Ndisi-Hermann. The film received a cash prize of R25 000.

Best South African Documentary: Sisters of the Wilderness, directed by Karin Slater  and produced by Ronit Shapiro. The award is accompanied by a cash prize of R25,000.

  • Best Direction: Constantin Popescu for Pororoca
  • Best Cinematography: Liviu Marghidan for Pororoca
  • Best Screenplay: Jennifer Fox for The Tale
  • Best Actor: Bogdan Dumitrache for his role as Tudor in Pororoca, directed by Constantin Popescu
  • Best Actress: Maisa Abd Elhadi for her role as Bisan in The Reports on Sarah and Saleem
  • Best Editing: Anne Fabini, Alex Hall and Gary Level for The Tale
  • Artistic Bravery: was won jointly by High Fantasy, directed by Jenna Bass and Supa Modo directed by  Likarion Wainaina.
  • Best South African Short Film: Stillborn, directed by Jahmil X. T. Qubeka and produced by Huanxi Media Group, Xstream Pictures, and Yellowbone Entertainment. The film received a cash prize of R20 000 sponsored by the Gauteng Film Commission.
  • Best African Short Film: Aya, directed by Moufida Fedhila and produced by Appel d’Air Films. The film also received a cash prize of R20 000 sponsored by the Gauteng Film Commission.
  • Best Short Film: -The Patience of Water(La Paciencia Del Agua), directed by Guillem Almirall,. The film received a cash prize of R20 000 from the Gauteng Film Commission.
  • Audience Choice Award: The State Against Mandela and the Others, directed by Nicolas Champeaux and Gilles Porte, which received a cash prize of R25 000.
  • Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award: Silas, directed by Anjali Nayar and Hawa Essuman and produced by Appian Way, Big World Cinema and Ink & Pepper Productions.
  • Best Wavescape Film: Heavy Water, directed by Michael Oblowitz

DIFF has recently been included as a Documentary Feature Qualifying Festival by the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences, which means that both the winners of the Best Documentary, New Moon and Best SA Documentary Sisters of the Wilderness, will now automatically qualify for consideration for an Oscar nomination.

The Shorts jury included creative media education and development  specialist Alicia Price and Leon Van Der Merwe of the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival. The fiction feature jurors were SA Producer Bongiwe Selane, Nigerian actor  Hakeem Kae Kazim and Nigerian actress Nse Ikpe-Etim. The documentary film jury included South African producer Uzanenkosi, Zimbabwean producer Nakai Matema, Nigerian filmmaker Mahmood Ali-Balogun and Berlin-based freelance filmmaker, writer and curator, Dorothee Wenner.

The festival continues until Sunday, 29 July,  at various venues around Durban.  DIFF 2018 is part of a month-long feast of film in Durban, including the BRICS Film festival and industry programmes, the Durban FilmMart, Isiphethu, Talents Durban, and the Nature Environment and Wildlife Film Congress.

See for more information and the programme.


From Maboneng To Manenberg On M-Net’s My Kitchen Rules SA

Last week Sunday, M-Net’s popular cooking reality show My Kitchen Rules SA took viewers to Jozi’s trendy creative hub Maboneng, where food buddies Donald and Luyanda set up their Instant Restaurant. In sharp contrast to the vibe of a spot that recently made the Forbes Top 10 list of coolest places in the world, this week’s setting is a neighbourhood that’s not usually associated with gourmet cooking.

Cape Town cousins Ash and Chris are hosting their Instant Resturant at a community centre in Manenberg on the Cape Flats, where they grew up together in a small two-bedroom apartment. The charming cooking pair, who are both seasoned travellers, have made it their life task to put Manenberg on the map and at the same time bring the world’s flavours to their own doorstep.

But will their homely and hearty dishes, infused with global flavours, impress the discerning celebrity judges and hyper-critical dinner guests? The pressure is on like never before. To secure a spot in the next round of the competition, they have to work around the clock and against time in a challenging new space.

Tune in this Sunday, 29 July, to see if they can overtake Donald and Luyanda, whose 55 out of 100 put them in the danger zone on the leaderboard. Married couple Maritsa and Maradine from Bloemfontein are sitting pretty at the top with 70 and are assured of a place in the next phase.

My Kitchen Rules SA is broadcast on M-Net channel 101 every Sunday night at 18:00. Viewers can also visit to watch exclusive interviews with the judges and contestants and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @MNet / #MKRSA on the official M-Net Facebook page.