HBO’s Acclaimed ‘Sharp Objects’ Coming To M-Net 101

Starring five-time Academy Award®-nominee Amy Adams, the critically acclaimed, tense psychological thriller Sharp Objects starts on M-Net channel 101 on DStv from Monday, 01 October at 22:05.

Based on the bestselling novel of the same name from Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, the  eight-episode limited series was created by Emmy® nominee Marti Noxon  (UnREAL & Mad  Men) and directed by Emmy® winner Jean-Marc Vallée (HBO’s  Big  Little  Lies & Dallas  Buyers Club) with scripts by Marti Noxon and Gillian Flynn.

Adams stars as reporter Camille Preaker, who returns to her small hometown to cover the murder of a preteen girl and the disappearance of another. While trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely. The series was filmed in Los Angeles and Northern California, and in and around Atlanta.

“Sharp Objects is my first child, my first novel,” said author Gillian Flynn. “I wrote it nights and weekends and holidays with no real belief it would ever be published, because I felt like I had to bring this girl to life, so it holds a sacred place with me. It’s a strange and thrilling thing, bringing text to screen, allowing it to become a new thing while honouring readers’ interpretations too — it’s fun and a bit scary.

“This was my first novel,  yet  the  last  to  reach  screen — 12  long  and  often disappointing years,” Flynn continued. “But then Amy came along, and I thought, ‘Oh, that was it! Camille was waiting for Amy to play her.’ And that’s not lofty, writer talk. I really believe Camille needed Amy.”

Director Jean-Marc Vallée said, “It’s curious how we can find beauty in places we wouldn’t expect. How darkness sometimes can become attractive, comforting. This is what happened to me when I read Gillian’s novel. I got sucked into Camille’s head. I was falling for this character. Never met, never seen, nor heard anyone like this before. I was fascinated by her obsession with words, the way she uses them to define herself, to heal and to harm, and her way of describing the world, her way of talking about herself, her wounds and imperfections.

“What a unique voice, so raw, so dark, and yet so honest and vulnerable,” Vallée added. “That is Camille Preaker’s beauty, and Amy Adams. I feel grateful and fortunate to have witnessed the spectacular work of an actress who dared to play in the dark, with no safety net.”

Creator and  showrunner Marti Noxon said: “When I first read this book, I remember thinking to myself, ‘I have to meet Gillian Flynn –  she’s really screwed up like I am.’ This is a story that speaks to a part of women’s lives that we rarely address: our impulse to hurt ourselves and each other. And I feel like Camille is representative of so many women who have continually suppressed the damage that has been done to them throughout their lives, and how in an effort to avoid dealing with the root of our issues we inflict pain onto ourselves, in various forms. It’s something I could personally relate to, and to see this character who is deeply flawed, but still incredibly brave in her search for the truth, was part of why this story stayed with me for so long after reading it – and it was that lingering hold that made me want to adapt it into a series.”

The cast also includes: Patricia Clarkson  (the  Maze Runner series, Six Feet Under),  Chris  Messina  (The Mindy Project, The Newsrooom),  Eliza  Scanlen  (Home and Away), Elizabeth  Perkins  (This Is Us, HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm)  and  Matt  Craven (X-Men, Justified), along with Henry Czerny (Quantico, When We Rise), Miguel Sandoval (Station 19, Medium), Taylor John Smith (Cruel Intentions, American Crime),  Sophia  Lillis  (It)  and  Madison  Davenport  (From  Dusk  Till  Dawn: The Series).

Is Darkness really attractive and comforting?  Find out this Monday 1 October at 22:05 only on M-Net channel 101.

Follow the conversation on Twitter @MNet (#MNet101 #SharpObjects) or on the official M-Net Facebook page.

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DStv Weekly Highlights: 29 September To 4 October 2018


Whether you’re streaming live on DStv Now or watching later on DStv Catch Up, don’t miss any of the new and returning series, movies and sport this week – including Jumanji and Manifest S1.

Saturday 29 September

Apple and Onion S1

A stray cat causes Onion to fear that his friendship with Apple may be in jeopardy.

Watch online on DStv Now at 10:35 on Cartoon Network

The 100 S5

In the fifth season premiere, Clarke struggles to survive on a desolate, scorched earth, while her friends in space come across a long-awaited beacon of hope. Emmy-nominated dystopian drama.

Watch online on DStv Now at 20:00 on M-Net City

Sunday 30 September

Strictly Come Dancing S16

In the series launch, the ‘Strictly’ family dance to a medley of Nile Rodgers’ greatest hits.

Watch online on DStv Now at 18:01 on BBC Brit

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan drive this reboot of the 90s cult hit. After finding a mysterious video game, four teenagers are sucked into its virtual world.

Watch online on DStv Now at 20:05 on M-Net

Read the SAMDB review of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.


Action-packed spy thriller boasting an all-star cast. A CIA interrogator is lured into a plot that puts London at the mercy of a biological attack.

Watch online on DStv Now at 20:30 on M-Net Movies Premiere

Monday 1 October

Manifest S1

In the series premiere of this mystery thriller, a plane disappears and returns years later after being presumed lost at sea. From the producer of ‘The Mysteries of Laura’.

Watch online on DStv Now at 20:00 on M-Net

Celebrity Undercover Boss S1

Three-time Olympic gold medallist Gabby Douglas goes undercover to meet up-and-coming gymnasts and inspiring coaches.

Watch online on DStv Now at 20:01 on BBC Brit

How to Get Away with Murder S5

The brilliant, charismatic Professor Annalise Keating is back for Season 5 on this masterful, suspense-driven legal thriller.

Watch online on DStv Now at 20:30 on 1Magic

Tuesday 2 October

Catfish Trolls S1

The internet catfish and the victim meet up in this special four-episode spin-off of the hit MTV show.

Watch online on DStv Now at 15:00 on MTV

Wednesday 3 October

The Witness for the Prosecution S1

In 1920s London, a brutal murder has stained the plush carpets of a handsome London townhouse. The victim is the beautiful widow Emily French and all evidence points to Leonard, a dashing young chancer.

Watch online on DStv Now at 20:00 on BBC First

Thursday 4 October

Snatch S2

In the season premiere of this crime drama, we find the gang enjoying their hard-earned fortune while hiding on a cosy vacation island. Based on the acclaimed film of the same name.

Watch online on DStv Now at 22:00 on M-Net


Whether you’re streaming live on DStv Now or watching later on DStv Catch Up, don’t miss any of the new and returning series, movies and sport this week – including Timeless S2 and The Good Doctor S1.

Saturday 29 September

Apple and Onion S1

A stray cat causes Onion to fear that his friendship with Apple may be in jeopardy.

Watch online on DStv Now at 10:35 on Cartoon Network

Timeless S2

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.

Watch online on DStv Now at 19:00 on M-Net City

The 100 S5

In the fifth season premiere, Clarke struggles to survive on a desolate, scorched earth, while her friends in space come across a long-awaited beacon of hope. Emmy-nominated dystopian drama.

Watch online on DStv Now at 20:00 on M-Net City

Sunday 30 September

Strictly Come Dancing S16

In the series launch, the ‘Strictly’ family dance to a medley of Nile Rodgers’ greatest hits.

Watch online on DStv Now at 18:01 on BBC Brit

Monday 1 October

Celebrity Undercover Boss S1

Three-time Olympic gold medallist Gabby Douglas goes undercover to meet up-and-coming gymnasts and inspiring coaches.

Watch online on DStv Now at 20:01 on BBC Brit

Tuesday 2 October

Catfish Trolls S1

The internet catfish and the victim meet up in this special four-episode spin-off of the hit MTV show.

Watch online on DStv Now at 15:00 on MTV

Thursday 4 October

The Good Doctor S1

In the series premiere of this introspective medical drama, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome relocates to work at a prestigious hospital. Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel) stars.

Watch online on DStv Now at 19:00 on M-Net City

DStv Now can be accessed online at or through the app for tablets and smartphones. The app is free to download on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and is available to all DStv customers. Live channels and DStv Catch Up content is available to all DStv customers


Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 30 September 2018

M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 23 September 2018 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00



Crime Statistics: The Story behind the Numbers

From an increase in the murder rate to brazen cash-in-transit robberies – newly released crime statistics paint a grim picture. The latest data even suggests that in some communities, the murder rate rivals that of war torn countries. However, some experts say, these statistics could provide more information to help improve the way the South African Police Service and intelligence units tackle crime.

Producer: Sophia Phirippides
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

Scaffolding Scam

Construction is vital for South Africa’s economy, but with the theft of scaffolding from building sites, the industry loses around R460-million a year – losses passed on to consumers through increased building costs. Reusable and robust, scaffolding virtually never needs to be replaced unless it’s worn out, become unsafe and can be scrapped. Carte Blanche follows the trail of a 4-year investigation that revealed

a lucrative black market in stolen scaffolding.

Producer: Nicky Troll
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
Watch the trailer

Plots, Plans and Political Machinations

The former Premier of the Free State and now Secretary General of the ANC is smart and ambitious. But can Ace Magashule outsmart President Cyril Ramaphosa? Since a purported plot to oust the sitting president – an allegation Magashule and his allies deny – tensions between the two men have escalated. Carte Blanche visits the Free State to examine the legacy left by Magashule.

Producer: Joy Summers
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
Journalist: Siniketiwe Hlanze


Is it possible for humans to live forever in a digital form of consciousness?  That’s the question that scientists in the USA have been grappling with and now after years of research, they may finally have unlocked the answer.  By using cutting edge technology, the brain of a worm was catalogued, and uploaded into a computer, and used to programme a small worm robot into mimicking the exact the movements of a real worm.  Scientists now believe that they’re not too far off from preserving the human brain in a digital format.  Carte Blanche explores this revolutionary research.

Producer: Eugene Botha
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli
Watch the trailer

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Journalism The Winner At Sikuvile Awards

This year’s Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards winners are a showcase of the bravery of local journalists who strive to bring stories of public interest to citizen’s attention, thus bringing into effect change in the country.

The South African Story of Year was awarded to the Gupta Leaks, a collaboration between journalists from the Daily Maverick, Amabhungane and News 24. This was story that had to be told, says Susan Comrie of Amabhungane. “To ensure that the story was presented to the public everyone knew their role and fulfilled it.”

The other journalists awarded are Antoinette Muller; Branko Brkic; Pauli van Wyk; Adriaan Basson; Richard Poplak; Adi Eyal; Micah Reddy; Susan Comrie; Angelique Serrao; Stefaans Brümmer; Marianne Thamm; Sam Sole; Tabelo Timse; Pieter-Louis Myburgh; Craig McKune; Lionel Faull; Rebecca Davis; Sally Evans; Lester Freamon. The Gupta Leaks also won the Investigative category.

The Daily Dispatch’s Bongani Fuzile was named Journalist of the Year while South African Story of the Year went to the Gupta Leaks, a collaboration between journalists from the Daily Maverick, Amabhungane and News 24.

The story “We Found them” is about the miners who are sent home to the Eastern Cape following years of working in the mines, bit without a proper retirement package. Many of these miners are also ill. The story won the Enterprise News category for Fuzile and Journalist of the year. He says the story is an example of what journalism is about. “We pushed and pushed until the miners received some sort of retirement benefit. This made the story worthwhile,” says Fuzile.

Keynote speaker at the event, Standard Bank CEO, Lungisa Fuzile, says stories such as the Gupta Leaks help the public to connect the dots and see the truth in an era of false news. “Tonight, we are honouring the people who have made it their business to search and write about the truth, so they fulfil a very important space in our lives. They help us to connect the dots in what is happening in our democracy. For this reason, Standard Bank is proud to be the Sikuvile Awards sponsor.”

“In total the entries all showed the courage of their conviction and this shows hope for our country. The Awards are a celebration of verified journalism,” says 2018 Convening Judge Mathatha Tsedu, commenting on the entries this year.

The Allan Kirkland Soga Lifetime Achiever Award went to Former Muslim News Editor and renowned Writer and Poet James Matthews who received a standing ovation from the gathering.


Girl Power Reigns Supreme In Cartoon Network, Save The Children Partnership

If the number of entries already received for the Powerpuff Girls Awards are anything to go by, then many young girls are quietly playing their roles in society through innovation, creativity and technology.

The PPG Awards were launched in August with the aim to celebrate and empower young African girls between the ages of 9 and 14, who are looking for a platform to showcase their super-powers. These girls are ordinary little girls, with superhero skills, who have done extraordinary things to change their world. The three categories represent each of The Powerpuff Girls’ characters, and projects are being submitted in the fields of Technological Innovation (The Buttercup Award), Social Responsibility and Bravery (The Blossom Award); and finally Art and Creativity (The Bubbles Award).

As a vibrant continent, abundant in rich culture and decades of tradition, there is much anticipation around what superpowers young African girls are using to help their communities. International NGO, Save the Children, is at the forefront of saving children’s lives and creating lasting change for children and their families through long-term development programs. CEO of Save the Children South Africa, Gugu Ndebele, believes that the Cartoon Network PPG Awards partnership has made it possible to harness resources, energy, knowledge and expertise to empower and celebrate the young girls of Africa. “The PPG Awards will help young girls to embrace their unique power and use whatever ‘superpower’ they have to make a positive impact on the world around them. Each and every one of them is able to make a change in the world in their own very special way, no matter how big or small!” says Ndebele.

Equally bursting with excitement, and pride, are teachers such as Dipuo Swelenkomo and Princess Dube, from Gordon Primary School in Alexandra, who are looking forward to seeing young girls from disadvantaged backgrounds being afforded the opportunity to showcase their skills, abilities, personalities and knowledge.

The PPG Awards selection panel is having fun going through the entries received and thrilled to see that there’s immense potential on the continent. Judging by the inspirational ideas from creative young girls in South Africa and Kenya, the future of Africa is bright, and in the right hands!

Entries close on 15 October 2018; Specific guidelines for each category, and the terms and conditions for entry, can be found on Winners will be announced at the end of October and will receive their award at a Gala Dinner held in Johannesburg in November. Each winner, from each of the three categories, will receive $1 500 to help bring their award-winning entry to life with the help of a dedicated mentor, including Toya Delazy as the artistic mentor.


MINECON Earth Party & Live Web Broadcast At Emperors Palace – 29 September 2018

Floating Tree, in conjunction with Nu Metro Cinemas and PlayEZ Esports gaming, are pleased to announce that they will be hosting an official MINECON Earth Party at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg this Saturday, 29th of September 2018 for all Minecraft players. MINECON is an annual event hosted by Mojang where players can get together and celebrate everything about their favorite game.

The best way to experience the live MINECON Earth web broadcast is with your friends, family and other Minecraft players in front of Nu Metro’s giant Xtreme cinema-screen.  The Xtreme cinema at Nu Metro Emperors Palace boasts powerful 360-degree Dolby Atmos sound (including overhead speakers), a three-storey-high curved screen (one of the largest cinema screens in South Africa) and a phosphoric laser projector that can display 70-trillion colours with 4K Ultra HD quality. With popcorn in hand and epic sound and screen-quality immersing you in the experience, this is something that no Minecraft player would want to miss.

MINECON Earth is being hosted by Mojang’s Lydia Winters and five popular YouTube presenters.  The show is shrouded in mystery but will include news and information about Minecraft updates and many other surprises.

In addition to the live broadcast, there will be interactive Minecraft gaming across multiple platforms including PC, console and mobile hosted by PlayEZ Esports in their state-of-the-art gaming lounge.  This is a perfect opportunity to meet and play live with other Minecraft players.  There will be plenty of Minecraft merchandise at the exhibitor’s stands, giveaways and other surprises too.

Tickets are only available online at Quicket –  Gaming and other activities start from 2:30pm.  The live broadcast begins at 6pm and the event will conclude by 8pm.  The event is family friendly and all ages are welcome.  Further information is available on our websites – or

Minecraft is the second best-selling game of all time with over 122 million units sold and over 74 million active monthly players.  Mojang was acquired by Microsoft in 2014.  Floating Tree: MINECON Earth Party is under a one-time only license from Mojang, and is not organized, managed or hosted by Mojang. Floating Tree is operating this event on its own accord with no supervision or support by Mojang.


Official Trailer For New Leon Schuster Film ‘Frank & Fearless’ Released

Leon & Themba

“An epic adventure between an old man and a loveable young boy, with a captivating storyline and the cutest baby rhino that will make you want to laugh and cry. It is a kickass visual comedy about villains that get outsmarted in the African bush. Come and experience this unforgettable journey on the big screen and don’t forget your tissues!”, says funnyman, Leon Schuster, about his latest quirky comedy, FRANK & FEARLESS, of which the trailer has just been released.  The film officially opens at cinemas nationwide on November 23rd, 2018.

Set in Africa, this hilarious movie takes you on the thrilling adventure of four loveable characters in the African bush. Insecure railway chef, Sonny Frank (Leon Schuster), and a ten year old rural boy, Fearless (Themba Ntuli), set out to kidnap the ambassador of a South-East Asian country in an attempt to stop rhino slaughtering. They are joined on this mission by two four-legged friends; Reini, a baby rhino whose mother was killed by poachers and Fearless’ big and faithful black dog called Dog. When things go terribly wrong, they have no choice but to take on a platoon of merciless poachers, who are led by the terrifying ranger turned poacher, Dolf (Kenneth Nkosi), with whom Sonny has a past.

Written by Gray Hofmeyr, Leon Schuster and Geoff Newton, the motion picture was created by a dynamic team of experts, with acclaimed filmmaker Gray Hofmeyr (Jock of the Bushveld, Sweet and Short, There’s a Zulu On My Stoep) as director and André Scholtz and Menzi Thabede as producers. Schuster is absolutely brilliant in the lead role of this captivating and emotional story, which is unlike anything else previously produced by this legendary entertainer whose films, like Mr Bones and Mad Buddies, are some of the highest-grossing local productions with impressive international sales.

FRANK & FEARLESS promises some incredibly funny laughs combined with a powerful message and some heartfelt personal revelations that will keep audiences captivated until the credits start rolling. Aside from brilliant cinematography, the movie also boasts high-tech 3D animation (Luma Creative Studio), animatronics (DreamSmith) and special effects (Refinery), and the best experts were called in to make the film as authentic as possible.

“I became involved after being approached by a promotions company and have not looked back since. Hopefully, the film will make viewers aware of how critical this situation is and make them realise the emotional impact it has on those who have to see the effects of rhino poaching on a daily basis,” shares The Rhino Pride Foundation’s, Dr Jana Pretorius.

The star-studded cast, which includes Kenneth Nkosi (Tsotsi), Khanyi Mbau (Happiness is a Four Letter Word), Jennifer Steyn (Goodbye Bafana, Madam and Eve) and David Dennis (Soul City), are also praised for their outstanding performances in this heartwarming movie.

The film, which will be released in local cinemas on 23 November 2018, was produced by Thabede Menzi Films, Schus Productions & Dapple Films, in association with M-Net, Film Chrome, SANParks, The Department of Environmental Affairs, the IDC and the DTI and will be distributed by Filmfinity (Pty) Ltd.


Sonny Frank (Leon Schuster)

A fanatical chef, ageing reprobate and collector of wild indigenous herbs and spices. When we first meet Sonny, he is being fired for fighting with a passenger on the high-class tourist train where he works as a chef. He teams up with Fearless to get a free ride to Pretoria for a job interview, while pretending, even to himself, that he is doing it to support Fearless in his bid to save the rhinos. Sonny’s journey is to acknowledge to himself that he is a fraud and to take responsibility for his actions, thereby becoming quite a nice guy.

Leon Schuster began working for the South African Broadcasting Corporation. During his time at the SABC, he created the Afrikaans radio series, Vrypostige Mikrofoon with Fanus Rautenbach – which involved disguising his voice and playing phone pranks on unsuspecting victims.

In 1982, he was approached by Decibel Records to compile a series of sports songs and his first record, Leon Schuster, sold 10 000 units. His second album, Broekskeur, sold more than 40 000 units and was followed by Briekdans and Leon Schuster – 20 Treffers, which sold more than 270 000 copies.

His hit CD Hier Kom Die Bokke garnered an FNB Sama Music Award for Biggest Selling CD of 1995. His following CD, Gatvol in Paradise, sold more than 125 000 units and gave rise to the unofficial Gauteng anthem, Gautengeling.

Schuster’s first feature, You Must Be Joking!, produced in collaboration with Johan Scholtz and Elmo de Witt, became popular with South African audiences and gave rise to the sequel You Must be Joking! Too. These films were candid camera sketches and Schuster made many more of these as well as other slap-stick films, including Mr Bones, his most successful film, which earned more than R33-million at the South African box office.

In 2012, Leon starred opposite funny man Kenneth Nkosi in Mad Buddies and the film was very successful at the South African Box office.

Schuster is well-respected and admired in South Africa. Some even dub him as the best comedian South Africa has produced. He was rated at number #3 in SABC’s greatest South Africans poll for his comedic work and creating a new South Africa.

Leon’s impressive film resume includes You Must Be Joking!, You Must Be Joking! Too, Oh Schucks… It’s Schuster!, Oh Schucks! Here Comes UNTAG, Sweet ‘n Short, Yankee Zulu, Panic Mechanic, Millennium Menace, Mr Bones, Oh Schucks… I’m Gatvol, Mama Jack, Mr Bones 2: Back from the Past, Schucks Tshabalala’s Survival Guide to South Africa, Mad Buddies, Schucks! Your Country Needs You, and Schucks! Pay Back the Money.

His discography is equally impressive – since 1982, he has released 20 albums, including Hie’ Kommie Bokke, Catchup Song And Every Cricket Hit, Op Dun Eish and Dra Die Bok.

Fearless (Themba Ntuli)

Fearless is twelve-year-old rural African boy who is afraid of his own shadow. He was given his name in a failed bid by his mother to change his personality. His best friends are his big black dog, Dog, and an orphaned baby rhino, who inspires him to embark on a mission totally at odds with his character. His hopeful naivety leads him to trust the unreliable Sonny and the ensuing disaster almost leads him to his death. But, with the help of Dog he finds his inner courage and, through his passion for the rhinos, becomes an inspiration and example to the children of the world.

Themba Ntuli is an aspirant filmmaker, actor, writer, director and concept /story developer. He is also a motivational speaker and youth leader. Described as a go getter and a lover of life, Themba’s working career spans more than a decade in the film industry – he has worked on a number of local and international productions such as Rhythm City, Soul BuddyZ, Mampara, Meerkat Maantuig, Ntunjambili, The Last Face, Young Leonardo, The Legend of Black Snake, Mad Dogs, Resident Evil, and more.

Inspired by his calling, he created #ThembaTalksMIND, a brand that focuses on reintroducing and further establishing the Christian faith, good morals, values and living in hope for young people around the world by means of multimedia and entertainment, motivational speaking tours and missions in Africa and around the world.

Dolf (Kenneth Nkosi)

Head ranger of a huge and prestigious wildlife sanctuary, Dolf is sarcastic, two-faced, arrogant and cruel. In short, he is a very bad man.

Kenneth Nkosi is a well-respected, award-winning South African actor. He trained at the Market Theatre laboratory and has appeared in numerous plays at the Market Theatre, Civic Theatre and the Windybrow Theatre.

Kenneth also acted in the highly acclaimed theatrical productions The Graduate, Best Wedding Ever and Monk. In addition, he has appeared in numerous successful TV Shows, including Isidingo, The Toasty Show, Kenny Makenzo and Mzee wa 26.

The talented actor has also donned the hat of filmmaker and has produced movies such as White Wedding, Paradise Stop, Task Force, Perfect Sishebo and Laugh Out Loud. Add to this his scriptwriting ability, which he showcased in Paradise Stop and Hard To Get, and it’s easy to see why his talents are in such high demand.

That said, Kenneth is best known for his charismatic and larger than life roles in the blockbuster movies Tsotsi, Jerusalema, Skeem, Mad Buddies, Nothing For Mahala, Ayanda, Hatchet Hour, Five Fingers For Marseilles, District 9 and Otela.

Beauty (Khanyi Mbau)

Working as a junior ranger under Dolf, Beauty is insecure, easily led, partially sighted and pretty. Her journey is to believe in herself, stand up to her boss, and escape a path to failure, criminality and ultimately, jail.

Raised in a family that celebrated arts, Khanyi Mbau was destined for a career in the arts. She landed her first television role at the age of 8 and presented a children’s fitness show at the age of 12. With the demands of school, she then had to focus on her education.

In 2004 she landed a role on the popular drama series Soul City as Katlego. After the tragic shooting of Lindiwe Cibi, she took on the biggest role of her career, playing the troubled villain, Doobsie, on Muvhango. With her personal life taking the lead, she then met Mandla Mthembu and became the tabloid queen, which signalled the start of a dark period in her life.

Khanyi’s other screen credits include roles in Mzansi and After 9. She was a guest judge on Turn It Out, starred in Ekasi: Our Stories, featured in the documentary I Am and portrayed Sindisiwe Sibeko in the mini-series Like Father Like Son. In 2013 she featured in the docu-reality television series Reality Check, and began hosting her own talk show, Katch It With Khanyi, for which she received a SAFTA nomination. In 2014, she featured in the seventh season of Strictly Come Dancing South Africa.

She made a comeback in 2016, with her first feature film Happiness is a Four-Letter Word, breaking box office records. The film also landed her the Best Supporting Actress nomination for the 2017 Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards. She then joined the cast of Umlilo as a razor sharp public prosecutor and woman of strong principles.

Ruby (Jennifer Steyn)

Ruby is middle-aged American beauty who has a history with Sonny. Why she has a soft spot for the ageing reprobate no-one knows.

Jennifer Steyn is a South African actress and director best known for her starring television roles in Madam & Eve, Jacob’s Cross, Fallen and Abo Mzala. Other television series she has acted in include Shado’s, Shooting Stars, Sorted, Zero Tolerance, End of the Road, Onder Draai die Duiwel Rond, Soul Buddyz, Jozi Streets, Charlie Jade, Home Affairs, Justice for All, Jozi-H, The Human Family, The Principal, The Big Time, Clean Hands and Natural Rhythm.

Jennifer also has an extensive film resumé, having appeared in Cry the Beloved Country, Master Harold and the Boys, Gums and Noses, Goodbye Bafana, Red Dust, The Lovers, Merlin: The Return, Glory Glory, Pure Blood, Borderline, Duma, Free Fall, Windprints, Zimbabwe, Night Drive and Black Butterflies, among others.

Some of her theatre highlights include roles in Macbeth, The Dark Outsider, Old Boy’s, Green Man Flashing, Molly Bloom, The Show – a live performance collaboration between Jennifer and dance guru Tossie van Tonder, A Dolls House, The Milktrain doesn’t stop here anymore, and The Inconvenience of Wings.

In 2015, Jennifer participated in the development of two new South African plays – Chien et Loup by Clare Stopford and Florence by Myer Taub. In the same year, she also directed Tossie Van Tonder in Cathonia for Dance Umbrella.

Over the past 15 years she has shared her craft, teaching voice and performance, in a private capacity and as consultant for various institutions in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Jennifer is also a respected dialogue coach and facilitator of text development.

Gogo (Mary Twala)

Fearless’s devoted, lusty, crazy, village mother.

Mary Twala has had an extensive career as an actress, performing in roles in film, television and theatre.

Her film career includes such films as He Who is Without Sin, The Dark Tower, Vaya, Beyond the River, Leading Lady, Sarafina!, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, A Love in Africa, Malunde, Dr Lucille, Deliwe, Friends, Game for Vultures, Taxi to Soweto, Waati, Science Classic and Score.

Her television career is equally impressive, and includes performances in productions such as Ambitions, The Imposter, Scandal, Hopeville, Dream Hotel, Rooibos with Milk, The Calling, Hard Copy, Home Affairs and Soul Buddyz.

During her long career, she has won a number of awards, including a Golden Horn for Best Actress in a TV Comedy for Skwizas, Best Actress in a Comedy for Undenzani, Best Supporting Actress for Taxi to Soweto, and the PAWE Veteran Recognition Award.


The film boasts fabulous cameos by Alfred Nthombela, David Dennis, Annabel Linder, Camilla Waldren, Tiro Venter, Coco Merckel, Shelly Meskin, Reggie Ndlovu and Tebogo Selebogo.

Dog (Adam)

Fearless’s large, black, long-suffering and devoted canine and second-in-command. After all, someone has to keep Sonny Frank in line.

Adam, or as his owner Julie Bezuidenhout lovingly calls him, Addy Waddy, was born in 2013. Julie knew from the start that Adam was destined for greatness and, after learning to socialise for the first year of his life, Adam went on to do television commercials and series. He trained for an additional 10 months to perfect the commands for his role as Dog in Frank & Fearless.

Adam, who lives in Johannesburg, is the perfect family dog, adores children and people, and loves to show off and make people happy. His all-time favourite thing, however, is food! He shares his home with six Rottweiler buddies, two cats, a Yorkshire Terrier and a Dachshund.

Reini (Animated Rhino)

Along with Dog, this charming, tragic and beloved orphaned baby rhino is Fearless’s closest friend.

Paul Meyer, founding member and CEO of Luma Creative Studio, created Reini and supervised all CGI animation featuring rhinos in the film. Having a fully animated and entirely CGI main character for significant parts of the film is a first for the South African film industry.

Being trusted to bring Reini to life is a dream come true for this internationally acclaimed, award-winning digital content creation studio.

Under Paul’s leadership, Luma has produced VFX for ABC (Disney) and Video Game Products for Microsoft.

Their internally developed animated series, Bun & Bunee, has been sold to Disney XD Latin America & Japan amongst others and was shortlisted as a finalist in the Best Animated Series Family Category of the KidScreen Awards in 2011. In the game development space Luma has produced high end games for iPhone, iPad, Web, PC, Mac, and various Mobile platforms.

Jaco Snyman has been in the film industry for nearly 20 years and has worked on over 60 feature films,

including Mad Max – Fury Road, District 9 and Dark Tower, among others. In 2016 he won a Guild Award for his work on Mad Max – Fury Road, while the collective hair and make-up team won both an Oscar and BAFTA for their work on the film.

Jaco founded DreamSmith, a prosthetic make-up company based in Johannesburg, in 2013. The DreamSmith team designed, sculpted and moulded Reini, an animatronic puppet, into an adorable and functional baby rhino for FRANK & FEARLESS. They also collaborated with the VFX team in bringing Reini to life, ensuring a homogenised performance and end result on screen.


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CTIFMF: Early Bird Tickets Now On Sale #CTIFMF2018

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival has opened EARLY BIRD TICKETS for screenings at Nu Metro cinemas at the V & A Waterfront.

The 120 films in the official selection, along with a host of films in the panorama programs, will be screened at Nu Metro and Ster Kinekor Cinema Nouveau at the V & A Waterfront from October 10th –19th, while the glamorous red carpet opening night will be held at the Artscape Theatre Complex on October 9th.

All these events, along with World Premiere red carpet events are open to the public and tickets can be purchased via links on the various films on the CTIFMF website.

For THREE DAYS ONLY, from NOON on Thursday September 27th to NOON on Sunday September 29th, the CTIFMF will be offering an EARLY BIRD 2 FOR 1 SPECIAL on all films screening at Nu Metro cinemas ONLY at the V & A during the festival. Tickets can be purchased here: or via links from the Festival website.

From 10am on Friday September 28th tickets will also go on sale for all screenings at Ster Kinekor Cinema Nouveau screenings at the V & A Waterfront. These can also be purchased via the website,

In addition to individual movie tickets, film lovers can also purchase Full Festival passes that enable access to all film screenings, premieres as well as cocktail parties.

Tickets for the Opening Night of the Festival that will screen South Africa’s official submission to the Oscars, Sew the Winter to My Skin can be purchased via Computicket:

Jahmil X.T Qubeka’s Sew the Winter to My Skin, is an epic existential-adventure film that has wowed audiences at Cannes L’Atelier 2017, and had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Guests can purchase tickets and enjoy the full red carpet experience of this glamorous event at the Artscape Theatre Complex on October 9th.

This year’s festival  program is a cinematic feast with some 120 world-class films on show to the public, festival delegates, and the jury.  The meticulously curated selection will include a significant amount of African content amongst the independent feature films, short films and documentaries on show.  Particular focus areas are New Voices (first-time feature directors), That’s So Gay (new LGBTQ releases), and Cinema of Conscience.

For more information, tickets and schedules for films that will be screening at this year’s CTIFMF, please visit the website,

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival is proudly hosted by the City of Cape Town.


The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest Line-up For The Week Of 25 September

Episode 23154
Jenny Han, author – “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before”

Episode 23155
M.I.A,artist & musician – “Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.”

Episode 23156
Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Episode 23157
America Ferrera, actor/activist/author – “American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures“


TV Highlights For Rhino Blog: 1 To 7 October 2018

The world’s rhinos are in trouble and award-winning wildlife television presenter Bonné de Bod is on a quest to find out why and more importantly, what’s being done.

Please find Rhino Blog highlights on People’s Weather (DStv 180) for the week 1 to 7 October.

Rhino Blog: Courts
Tuesday, 2 October at 10:53 with repeats every two hours
People’s Weather (DStv 180)

The saying “the wheels of justice turn slowly” couldn’t be truer than here in Africa. Presenter Bonne de Bod explores the criminal justice system where rhinos are voiceless but where brave state prosecutors are speaking for them. Poaching a rhino in South Africa where rhinos are classified as property has, up until now, not been a serious crime. Recent linkages of illegal rhino horn trade to large international syndicates has now brought attention to crimes against rhinos, with the government focusing on this as a priority crime. Bonné sits in court where the large syndicate gangs appear as well as the poor and illiterate poachers from Mozambique.

Rhino Blog: Intensive Protection Zone
Sunday, 7 October at 10:45 with repeats every two hours
People’s Weather (DStv 180)

Kruger National Park is one of the world’s biggest and wildest national parks, making it incredibly difficult for its 400 field rangers to patrol and protect the world’s largest living population of rhinos in the wild. Spread out over an area the size of New Jersey or Israel, the park’s scientists have decided to move the rhinos in a massive operation to the Intensive Protection Zone or IPZ. It’s here in this zone that the rhinos are away from the porous Mozambican border where poachers infiltrate the park in as many as 15 gangs of three daily. The relocated rhinos now have foot collars that are tracked every 36-hours and there is an increased militarised presence of armed rangers, helicopters, police and the national army. It is hoped by bringing a large population of rhinos into this area that they will adapt to their new territory and stay alive in what should be one of the world’s safest national parks.