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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

PREMIUM

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.

Unlocked

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

COMPACT

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 now.dstv.com 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

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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
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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

Openworm

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

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

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Twitter: @carteblanchetv #CarteBlanche
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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.

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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 www.DStv.com/PPGAwards. 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.