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.


Idols SA Ep 4 Recap: Jozi Brings Audition Week To A Close With Gospel Giant

Idols SA Season 14 auditions ended in Joburg with a day of “firsts” that will surely make it to the South African music industry’s history books.

There was gospel giant and music industry powerhouse, Dr Rebecca Malope, who joined judges Randall, Unathi and Somizi at the table as a guest judge. Then there was Randall not only laughing *gasp* but also joining in the silly musical fun at the judges’ table. And who will ever forget witnessing the first-ever “Slay Queen Prayer” original gospel song! Only on Idols South Africa, where anything is possible!

Dr Reebs, as she’s now fondly called, took her job on the judging panel very seriously indeed. “I’m so excited to be part of this show. I once entered a singing competition, so I know exactly what these contestants are going through. I’m looking for someone with talent. I need to see something different; that voice that will wake me up in the middle of the night to say ‘that’s the one’! That’s who I’m looking for,” said the beloved multi award-winning star.

What Dr Reebs – and probably the whole South Africa – did not expect to hear was a “Slay Queen Prayer” original composition, where a contestant took SA gospel to another level with her please to God to bless her with a Mercedes Benz, a night on the town and (probably) a new Brazilian weave. It was a sight to behold and a song to never forget.

Jaws were on the floor for a different reason when a contestant who had worked with the gospel star before came into the audition room. “I know you! You’re my child! You will not disappoint me!” she shouted excitedly. Indeed, the contestant blew everyone away with her vocal abilities and received a gold-certified four nods from the judges.

Someone else who impressed was someone whose band opened for Season 13 winner Paxton when she performed in her town, proving that the Idols SA gold dust just keeps sprinkling blessings wherever it goes.

The last Telkom Pop Up Audition took place in Polokwane, leaving a few residents jumping in the air with excitement as they clutched their Golden Tickets.

In the end, 87 Golden Tickets were given away during the nationwide audition tour. Now the voices go to Theatre Week where the pretenders will be separated from the real talent.

It’s game on!

Idols SA season 14 is on Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161 on Sundays at 17h30. For more information visit our website:

You can also join the Idols SA conversation via social media on… Facebook: Idols South Africa ( , Twitter: @IdolsSA #IdolsSA Instagram: @IdolsSA

Film Review

Mission: Impossible – Fallout (IMAX 3D) : Review

IMF leader Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise – American Made, The Mummy), and his team of Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation), Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg – Ready Player One, Star Trek: Beyond), are once again on a mission to save the world. And once again the various government and spy agencies are working their own agenda, and once again there are villains set to create global chaos.

Throw into this mix a possible threat on Julia Meade-Hunt (Michelle Monaghan – Patriots Day, Pixels), an encounter with Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson – Life, The Girl on the Train), agent August Wlker (Henry Cavill – Justice League, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) who is forced on the team by the CIAs Erica Sloan (Angela Bassett – Black Panther), much to the chagrin of the IMF’s Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin – The Boss Baby, Paris Can Wait), and you have the beginnings of an action ride that kicks off right at the opening scenes, and sustains this pace right until the end credits roll.

With each successive film in the series, we are treated to even more action, more explosions, but thankfully still a story, albeit a very complex and convoluted one.

There is palpable tension Fallout, but a few moments where the story is a little too predictable, be it a fight or a plot twist. But why quibble over big reveals, and story points. It’s Mission: Impossible. You’re there for a ride, and you’re there to have fun. And on those two points, there is an abundance.

The fights are thrilling, and the stunts huge. Enjoy the film as it’s meant to be seen, on IMAX 3D, rather than waste money on the all too many cinemas in South Africa who are failing miserably when it comes to providing a proper experience with the technology they have on hand.

A fun outing in the Mission: Impossible universe, with non-stop action, that doesn’t disappoint, especially on the very big screen.

Mission: Impossible: Fallout opens 27 July 2018, in South African cinemas.



PK Lights The Araw Fuse On His Way To The Jury In Survivor South Africa: Philippines

Mining Technician PK became the unlucky 13th Castaway to be voted off Survivor South Africa: Philippines this week (26 July) – but he’ll be gleefully watching the results of the seeds of chaos he planted at Araw, from his vantage point on the Jury.

When he realized that his overtures to Werner via Katinka to keep him for one more Tribal Council and send Jeanne home first had come to naught, he set about wreaking havoc within the majority alliance by using the information Katinka had volunteered to him when they were the only ones on the Araw beach last week. There are two groups who believe they’re the ‘Top 3’ – Werner, Jeanne and Tom, and Werner Katinka and Tom – and PK attempted to laid several explosive charges between them by picking another fight with Tom, dropping Katinka in the deep end in front of Werner and publicly questioning Jeanne about her position.

PK had been part of a powerful alliance since the start of the game, when he found himself part of the ‘Original Five’ at Mindanao. He formed a particularly close bond with Tevin and worked with him all the way until episode 7, when he seemed to tire of taking orders and his appetite for a big move led to him ousting his biggest ally. The tribe shuffle in episode 4 kept his ‘Mindanao Strong’ bond tight, as PK remained a ‘blue’ alongside Tevin, Marthunis and Katinka, with Annalize the only newcomer. When Mindanao lost the Immunity Challenge in episode 8, Toni’s annoyance at their lack of fire – despite misgivings over the level of support they were receiving from the other ‘Mindanao Strong’ members in the other tribes – kept her and PK together to vote Josie out and leave them, a tribe of just 2. After Merge, he and Toni found themselves on the bottom of the former ‘blue blood’ bloc and despite his best efforts, he couldn’t displace former reds Tom and Annalize in the pecking order. When Toni went home in episode 12, the writing was on the wall for PK.

It was Survivor Auction time this week, with the Castaways each given 500 Philippine Pesos to use in the bid for reward and the hopes of an advantage. With Jeanne spending 400 Pesos on a fried chicken meal and Tom scooping a stack of doughnuts with a blind bid, Werner catastrophically spent 200 Pesos on another blind item, which turned out to be a bowl of rice – a food the Castaways are all too familiar with. When PK outbid the other Castaways for a plate of biltong and a tall glass of beer, Nico offered him the chance to take it – or give it to the tribe to share and instead take possession of a small box. He declined, and Katinka outbid the others to claim the box, the contents of which would give her an advantage in the game.

That advantage was revealed the next day at the Individual Immunity Challenge, where the Castaways had to complete a block puzzle while working against time as a ball made its way down the slope of their Survivor-style pinball machines. If the ball passed through the pins and fell into the gutter before they could catch it, they’d have to stop and wait until it ran its course before throwing it back into the machine and being allowed to start building the puzzle again. Katinka’s advantage  was that the time her ball would spend in the gutter would be halved, allowing her to hypothetically complete the puzzle faster. Ultimately, she couldn’t take advantage as Werner managed to split his focus best and claim the Immunity Necklace – and a 1-in-5 shot at the R1 Million prize.

Back at camp, a flurry of activity saw Annalize – with the extra vote she picked up on Exile Island last week, in her pocket – approach PK about partnering up and bringing on board one more Castaway to make a ‘big move’ that she couldn’t explain to him. PK also took Jeanne to task about her ‘adamant’ attitude towards her position in the Top 3 and Katinka starting to make moves to get Jeanne out of the picture.

Werner’s confidence in his position within the game came to the fore at Tribal Council when he declared that he didn’t like it when things were happening that he couldn’t control – and that humans were difficult to control. He said that he was prone to making bad decisions when he was anxious, and that the fact that he was wearing the Individual Immunity Necklace game him enough peace of mind for the moment to help him make sound decisions.

Despite all the chaos he created, PK seemed resigned to going home at Tribal Council – but not before he took one last parting shot by naming the two Top 3 variations and singling out Werner as the kingpin, but bemoaning the fact that nobody was willing to take a risk to break their stranglehold on the game. Once the tribe had voted, four votes were enough to send PK to Ponderosa. But as host Nico Panagio declared at the end of Tribal Council: “It seems to me that that may have been the last unanimous vote. From here on out, the only thing keep you safe at Tribal Council is that Immunity around your neck. So get out there and play hard”.

Tune in to Survivor South Africa: Philippines next week (Thursday 2 August, 19:00 on M-Net 101) to see if PK’s feather-ruffling had any effect, and if any of the Castaways are bold enough to make a move against the kingpin.

Also make a note to catch the fun-filled YouTube episode of Live After: Survivor South Africa on the DStv Online YouTube page, where the voted-off castaway will be in conversation with host Phil Mphela at 20:05 each week, directly after Survivor SA airs on M-Net 101. Want to ask a castaway a burning question? Tweet using #LiveAfter and @survivorsa and Phil could get it answered in the ‘Ask Me Anything’ segment of the show.

There are also some magnificent prizes up for grabs on the Survivor SA: Philippines website:

  • A Huawei P20 Pro phone valued at R15 499.
  • A 1-year supply of Bio-Strath products valued at R10 000.
  • A delicious Steers Wacky Wednesdays voucher for one year, valued at R2800.
  • A brand new DStv Explora 2.

All you have to do is to go to and answer the weekly quiz question. Every entry then also goes into the draw for the grand prize of a tropical island holiday experience for four, brought to you by Cathay Pacific and Club Med. And, if you’d like to earn additional points, explore the island and find the Huawei P20 Pro phone in our 360 VR experience and explore  the Survivor SA islands, living area,s as well as each challenge site, as the weeks progress.

Survivor South Africa: Philippines is also streamed live on DStv Now and is available on DStv Catch Up within 24 hours of the live show. You can also catch the repeat on Sunday afternoons at 17:00 on M-Net Channel 101.

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


M-Net Movies August 2018 Highlights


Saturday Line-up on M-Net Movies Premiere, DStv Channel 104

Saturday, 4 August 2018
M-Net Movies Premiere, DStv Channel 104, at 20:00
Daddy’s Home 2
Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson
Director: Sean Anders
Genres: Action
Rating: PG13VL

A chaos-filled sequel sees Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg return for more comedy. Co-parents Brad and Dusty must contend with their respective fathers who come to visit for the holidays.

Saturday, 11 August 2018
M-Net Movies Premiere, DStv Channel 104, at 20:00
The Mountain Between Us
Year: 2017
Cast: Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, Beau Bridges.
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama.
Rating: 13VSL

Kate Winslet and Idris Elba star in this gritty survival drama. A plane crash in a remote, snow-covered mountain leaves two strangers stranded in the perilous wilderness.

Saturday, 18 July 2018
M-Net Movies Premiere, DStv Channel 104, at 20:00
Pitch Perfect 3
Year: 2017
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow.
Director: Trish Sie
Genres: Comedy, Music
Rating: 13VL

The aca-mazing acapella group are back for an encore in this musical comedy. The girls reunite for one last overseas military tour, where they face tough competition from other bands.

Saturday, 25 August 2018
M-Net Movies Premiere, DStv Channel 104, at 20:00
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Year: 2017
Cast: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong.
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Genres: Action
Rating: 13VSL

Taron Egerton returns for the sequel of the action-packed spy flick. After their headquarters are destroyed, the Kingsman look for an ally to defeat a ruthless common enemy.

Read the SAMDB review of Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105

Wednesday, 1 August 2018
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 19:00
Queen of Katwe
Year: 2016
Cast: Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o.
Director: Mira Nair
Genres: Drama
Rating: PG13V

Based on the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world changes when she is introduced to the game of chess.

Thursday, 2 August 2018
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 19:00
Year: 1997
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane.
Directors: James Cameron
Genres: Drama.
Rating: 13VNL

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet tell a story of the eternal love shared by two people from different social classes aboard the ill-fated Titanic.

Friday, 3 July 2018
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 19:00
Year: 2016
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon.
Directors: Paul Feig
Genres: Action, Comedy, Fantasy.
Rating: PG13VL

Melissa McCarthy and an amazing female cast drive this pulsating remake of the 80s classic. Manhattan is being invaded by ghosts and it’s up to a rag-tag team of woman to save it.

Read the SAMDB review of Ghostbusters.

Saturday, 9 July 2018
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 19:00
Bride Wars
Year: 2009
Cast: Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Candice Bergen.
Directors: Gary Winick
Genres: Comedy, Romance.
Rating: PG

Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway go to battle in this crazy romcom. Two best friends quickly become rivals when they schedule their weddings on the same day.

Sunday, 5 August 2018
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 20:00
The Proposal
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Mary Steenburgen.
Directors: Anne Fletcher
Genres: Comedy, Romance.
Rating: PG13NL

Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds make an unlikely couple in this romcom. A hated boss, desperate for a green card, must marry one of her staff to stay in America.

Sunday, 15 July 2018
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 20:00
Year: 2016
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel.
Directors: Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn.
Genres: Animated, Adventure.
Rating: PG

Musical adventure based on the popular toy collection. After a troll village is invaded, two survivors embark on a journey to save their friends.

Read the SAMDB review of Trolls.

Friday, 10 August 2018
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 19:00
Ghost in The Shell
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano.
Director: Rupert Sanders
Genres: Action, Sci-Fi
Rating: PG13VL

Based on the cult Japanese comic this futuristic drama explores a once human, cyber-enhanced soldier built to stop the world’s most dangerous criminals.

Read the SAMDB review of Ghost in the Shell.

Saturday, 11 August 2018
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 19:00
Pitch Perfect
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson.
Director: Jason Moore
Genres: Action, Sci-Fi
Rating: PG13L

Excellent performances and great music turn this movie into a smash hit. A new recruit helps transform an all-girl singing group’s sound, leading them to take on a boy band.

Sunday, 12 August 2018
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 20:00
Bringing Down the House
Cast: Steve Martin, Queen Latifah, Eugene Levy.
Director: Adam Shankman
Genres: Comedy.
Rating: PG13SL

Queen Latifah and Steve Martin are an odd but hilarious couple in this family comedy about a lonely man who meets a vivacious woman, turning his life upside down.

Saturday, 18 August 2018
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 19:00
Table 19
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Lisa Kudrow, Craig Robinson.
Director: Jeffrey Blitz
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance.
Rating: 13L

A great all-star romcom. The maid of honour is relieved of her duties after breaking up with the bride’s brother. She finds herself seated at the wedding’s worst table.

Sunday, 19 August 2018
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 21:00
Girls Trip
Year: 2017
Cast: Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith.
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance.
Rating: 18SNL

The party heads to New Orleans for an ensemble cast in this acclaimed comedy. On a wild reunion trip, four lifelong friends find romance, sisterhood and absolute chaos.

Sunday, 26 August 2018
M-Net Movies Smile, DStv Channel 105, at 20:30
Rough Night
Year: 2017
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Zoë Kravitz.
Director: Lucia Aniello
Genres: Comedy, Crime, Thriller.
Rating: 16VSL

An ensemble cast of starlets embark on quite a weekend away in this wild comedy. Things go terribly wrong for a bachelorette party of girlfriends who hire a male stripper.

Sunday Line-up on M-Net Movies Action+, DStv Channel 106

Wednesday, 5 August 2018
M-Net Movies Action+, DStv Channel 106, at 20:00
XXX: Return Of Xander Cage
Year: 2017
Cast: Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone.
Director: D.J. Caruso
Genres: Action, Action, Adventure.
Rating: 13VL

Vin Diesel reprises his role as agent Xander Cage. This time he gets a mission to take down a terrorist group. But he can’t do it alone, he needs the help of a XXX team.

Read the SAMDB review of XXX: Return of Xander Cage.

Sunday, 12 August 2018
M-Net Movies Action+, DStv Channel 106, at 20:00
Baby Driver
Cast: Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm
Director: Edgar Wright
Genres: Action, Crime.
Rating: 16VL

High-octane car chases and pulsating action drive this heist movie. A talented young driver is coerced into working for a crime boss alongside an unhinged group of criminals.

Read the SAMDB review of Baby Driver.

Sunday, 19 August 2018
M-Net Movies Action+, DStv Channel 106, at 20:00
John Wick
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen.
Director: Chad Stahelski, David Leitch
Genres: Action, Thriller.
Rating: 16VL

Keanu Reeves stars in this revenge filled action movie. An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to hunt down a group of gangsters that took away everything he held dear.

Sunday, 17 July 2018
M-Net Movies Action+, DStv Channel 106, at 20:00
John Wick: Chapter 2
Year: 2017
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane.
Director: Chad Stahelski
Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller.
Rating: 16VL

Keanu Reeves returns as the lethal assassin in this non-stop action thriller. John Wick comes out of retirement to help an old associate, pitting him against deadly killers.

Read the SAMDB review of John Wick: Chapter 2.


Sunday Nights are filled with non-stop Arnold Schwarzenegger action on M-Net Movies Action, DStv Channel 110

Sunday, 5 August 2018
M-Net Movies Action, DStv Channel 110, at 20:00
Year: 2014
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard
Director: David Ayer
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Rating: 16VSNL

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in this action crime thriller. A corrupt elite DEA task force are being picked off one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.

Sunday, 12 August 2018
M-Net Movies Action, DStv Channel 110, at 20:00
The Running Man
Year: 1987
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto
Director: Paul Michael Glaser
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Rating: 16VL

Arnold Schwarzenegger must fight for his life in this action film. A man is framed for a massacre and is sentenced to play a sadistic game of death.

Sunday, 19 August 2018
M-Net Movies Action, DStv Channel 110, at 20:00
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Year: 1991
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong.
Director: James Cameron
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Rating: 16VL

Humanity is at stake in this Arnold Schwarzenegger classic. A cyborg that was once programmed to kill is sent back in time to protect the future leader of the resistance.

Sunday, 26 August 2018
M-Net Movies Action, DStv Channel 110, at 20:00
Collateral Damage
Year: 2016
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Leguizamo, Francesca Neri
Director: Andrew Davis
Genre: Action, Drama
Rating: 16VL

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in this action film that sees a man hunt down a terrorist after his wife and child are killed in a terrorist bombing.

See the lovely and iconic Julia Roberts every Sunday on M-Net Movies All Stars, DStv Channel 111

Thursday 5 August 2018
M-Net Movies All Stars, DStv Channel 111 at 20:00
Mother’s Day
Year: 2016
Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts
Director: Garry Marshall
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Rating: PG13L

The late Garry Marshall directs an ensemble cast in this holiday comedy. Three generations come together in the week leading up to Mother’s Day.

Read the SAMDB review of Mother’s Day.

Sunday 12 August 2018
M-Net Movies All Stars, DStv Channel 111 at 20:00
Pretty Woman
Year: 1990
Cast: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Jason Alexander.
Director: Garry Marshall
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Rating: 13SNL

This Richard Gere, Julia Roberts heart-warming romcom broke down social stigmas and redefined a genre. A high society stock broker hires an escort only to fall in love with her.

Sunday 19 August 2018
M-Net Movies All Stars, DStv Channel 111 at 20:00
Notting Hill
Year: 1999
Cast: Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts, Richard McCabe
Director: Roger Michell
Genres: Comedy. Romance
Rating: PG13L

Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts play the game of love in this romcom classic. A bookshop owner’s world is changed when a movie star walks into his shop and they begin a relationship.

Sunday 26 August 2018
M-Net Movies All Stars, DStv Channel 111 at 20:00
Valentine’s Day
Year: 2010
Cast: Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway.
Director: Garry Marshall
Genres: Comedy Romance
Rating: PG13SL

This romantic comedy with an all-star cast follows the stories of couples, their make-ups, break-ups and all the expectations and pressures that Valentine’s Day brings.

M-Net Movies Zone, DStv Channel 139 has all your Rambo action lined up every Sunday Night this August

Sunday 5 August 2018
M-Net Movies Zone, DStv Channel 139, at 20:00
First Blood
Year: 1982
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, Richard Crenna
Director: Ted Kotcheff.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama
Rating: 16VL

Sylvester Stallone creates an action icon in this classic. A troubled Vietnam vet who is being hunted by a small-town sheriff is forced to fight for his life.

Sunday 12 August 2018
M-Net Movies Zone, DStv Channel 139, at 20:00
Rambo: First Blood Part II
Year: 1985
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Charles Napier.
Director: George P. Cosmatos
Genres: Action
Rating: 16VL

John Rambo is released from prison to go on a top-secret mission. But he is sent to the last place he wanted to return to- the jungles of Vietnam.

Sunday 19 August 2018
M-Net Movies Zone, DStv Channel 139, at 20:00
Rambo III
Year: 1988
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Marc de Jonge.
Director: Peter MacDonald.
Genres: Action, Crime.
Rating: 16VL

Sylvester Stallone returns for this explosive film. When Rambo’s superior is captured by the Soviets he must travel to Afghanistan and battle a Russian army to free him.


Durban FilmMart Awards 2018 Announced

It’s been a bumper year for this year’s Durban FilmMart (DFM), the industry development programme of the eThekwini Municipality’s Durban Film Office and Durban International Film Festival (Centre for Creative Arts, UKZN), which ended with an awards ceremony at the Southern Sun Maharani Hotel in Durban, South Africa on Monday, July 23.

Speaking at the DFM’s awards ceremony, Toni Monty, Head of the Durban Film Office and the Durban FilmMart, said, “As one of the most important, film industry events and film finance platforms on the continent, we are really pleased that we have grown the DFM substantially this year with 877 delegates attending. We had over 40 countries participating this year, of which 19 were from Africa.  A total number of 52 projects were pitched to potential partners, financiers, filmmakers, producers, distributors and agents during countless meetings.”

Key to the value that the Durban FilmMart provides filmmakers are the many meetings and networking sessions that are held between delegates over the four days.

“The important work we do to enable the film-makers, would not be possible without our partners and sponsors,” said Monty, “And we would like to thank our partner markets, development organisations and funding bodies with deep gratitude.”

“The work we do at this Mart supports the DIFF and DFO’s vision to dynamically grow the industry and bring African cinema to its own people and to global platforms.”

Eighteen official DFM film projects in development were presented at the Finance Forum through the sponsorship of the Industrial Development Corporation and the National Film and Video Foundation.

Supported by Berlinale Talents, the Goethe-Institut and the German Embassy and in cooperation with Fipresci, Durban Talents was able to host 16 young filmmakers, and 3 Talents Press.

“We hosted a number of scriptwriters’ labs including Jumpstart which is supported by Produire au Sud, France and the Realness Script Writing Residency. Hot Docs Canada, mentored 11 documentary projects in development and six CineFam Africa television series projects were mentored by Caribbean Tales, Canada.”

“We recognize the important role that the eThekwini Municipality, the principal funder of the DFM plays in its success,” continued Monty. “The City’s involvement actively enables the economic growth of the industry, and we thank them for this.”

The DFM hosted a number of delegations this year including the in bound delegation through the Department of Trade and Industry, the BRICS Film Festival delegation through the Department of Arts and Culture. Special thanks must go to the Canadian High Commission and US Embassy and the French Institute (IFAS), NFVF and KZN Film Commission for their support in bringing in delegates.

The Awards/Grants:

  • The International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA) awarded the most promising documentary project at the DFM,  Cheese Girl, (South Africa) –  Producer: Batana Vundla, Marion Isaacs, Director: Milisuthando Bongela with an opportunity to attend the  IDFA Forum, one of the top gatherings for documentary filmmakers, producers, commissioning editors, funds, private financiers and other documentary filmmakers in Europe, in November.
  • The broadcast stream, Afridocs, that flights African and other international documentaries across 49 countries of sub-Saharan Africa on a weekly basis, gave a €2500 award, funded by the Bertha Foundation, to Zinder, The Seeds of Violence, (Niger) – Producer: Clara Vuillermoz, Ousmane Samassekou, Director: Aicha Macky.
  • The CineMart Award, sponsored by the co-production market of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, went to the fiction project, Nyanga / The Horn, (Zimbabwe) – Producer: Sue-Ellen Chitunya, Brett Michael Innes, Director: Brett Michael Innes. The project is given an opportunity to attend the Rotterdam Lab, is a five-day training and networking event for producers from all over the world.
  • Produire au Sud of Festival des 3 Continents (Nantes), awarded the fiction film Porta-Retrato, (Mozambique) -Producer: Aldino Languana, Osvaldo Lupini Bambamba, Director: Orlando Mabasso Jr. an opportunity to attend its developmental workshop programme, PAS, where they will be given tools, expertise, and opportunities to develop European networks.
  • Videovision Entertainment awarded the “Best South African Film Project” to Snake, (South Africa) – Producer: Paul Egan, Stanford Gibson and Mustapha Hendricks, Director: Meg Rickards. They receive a prize valued at R75 000, which guarantees its release once it is completed. The prize also includes marketing and distribution support from Videovision Entertainment.
  • Versfeld & Associates, publicity consultants awarded Nyanga / The Horn, (Zimbabwe) – Producer: Sue-Ellen Chitunya, Brett Michael Innes, Director: Brett Michael Innes the development of a press kit.
  • Sørfond awarded the project How to Steal a Country – Producers: Rehad Desai and Zivia Desai, Director: Mark Kaplan with an opportunity to pitch at the Sørfond Pitching Forum in Oslo later this year.
  • CineFAM-Africa Incubator Accelerator Programme award to pitch at the Caribbean Tales Film Festival in Toronto, went to The Summit Club by Layla Swart

New awards this year include:

  • Hot Docs Blue Ice Award, a cash prize of 2000 Candian Dollars went to the documentary project The Master’s Plan – Producer: Hanne Phlypo and Director Yuri Ceuninck.
  • 11th Talents Durban “Talents Press” Recognition Award went to Cornelia Glele.
  • Durban FilmMart Award for the Durban Talents Project Selected as a project for DFM 2019 went to When Shadows Move –  by Aliki Saragas.

The DFM ended last night, but the Durban International Film Festival continues until July 29. There is a free industry – Isiphethu opposite the Southern Sun Garden Court Marine Parade for seminars and workshops for the public and emerging filmmakers, as well as the free screenings at various venues, including the Wavescapes Surf Film festival at Ushaka until Friday, JuLY 27. Also until Friday is the BRICS Film Festival at the Playhouse.

For more information about the DFM go to