Film Review

Aladdin – Review

A story we all know, with memories of a fun animated feature presented years back by Disney. Now on the big screen with a real life performance.

Aladdin (Mena Massoud), a seemingly kind hearted thief happens upon the Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott – Power Rangers) and a dark plot by a power hungry Grand Vizier who wants to use the power of a magic lamp, containing a Genie (Will Smith – Suicide Squad, Concussion). The Genie has the power to grant wishes to whomever holds the lamp, and so begins a battle not only against the evil aspirations of Jafar (Marwan Kenzari – Murder on the Orient Express) but those holding this treasure must also fight against their inner desires, and struggle to use the magic for good, lest they be seduced by greed.

While many might enter the cinema with thoughts of the previous incarnation of this tale, this telling, while remaining true to the story, brings with it its own magic. There are laughs, and thrills, the ever present songs we’ve come to know, and a story to be loved by both young and old.

Aladdin, coming from Disney, does not disappoint. While many would feel there could be but one Genie, Smith brings his own flair to the role, doing justice to the dear memory held by fans. Massoud and Scott bring a palpable chemistry to their complex on-screen relationship. And the setting and sets instil the awe the story is tasked to portray.

A fun, family outing, Aladdin hits it out the park, up to the new heights of its very own magic carpet. The film opens 24 May 2019 in South African cinemas.


4 Reasons To Binge Golden Globe Winner ‘Escape At Dannemora’

Two words on this one: Patricia Arquette. It’s her version of Charlize Theron’s transformation in Monster.

Escape At Dannemora, nominated as Best Limited Series at this year’s Golden Globes, is now available to binge on Showmax.

The seven-part series is based on a stranger-than-fiction prison break in upstate New York in the summer of 2015, which spawned a state-wide manhunt for two convicted murderers, aided in their escape by a female prison employee who carried on months-long affairs with both men – despite being married to another prison employee.

Patricia Arquette as Tilly in Escape At Dannemora. Photo: Christopher Saunders/SHOWTIME

Here are four reasons to add this dark prison break drama to your watchlist immediately:

1 – Patricia Arquette in a Golden Globe-winning role as Tilly Mitchell

Patricia Arquette won the 2019 Golden Globe, the Screen Actors Guild award, and the Critics’ Choice prize for her lead performance as Tilly Mitchell, a working class wife and mother who supervises the prison tailor shop and becomes sexually involved with both men, ultimately agreeing to hide hacksaw blades in frozen hamburger meat to help them get out. Despite being one of the most famous actors of her generation, with an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Boyhood and an Emmy for Medium, Arquette is almost unrecognisable in Escape From Dannemora – it’s arguably an even more dramatic physical transformation than Charlize Theron in Monster…

2 – Benicio del Toro and Paul Dano as her prison lovers

Oscar and Golden Globe winner Benicio Del Toro (Traffic, Sicario) plays convicted murderer Richard Matt, an artistic yet intimidating force within the prison, who masterminds the escape. As Newsday put it, “Del Toro once again establishes why he’s one of the great actors of his generation.”

Golden Globe and BAFTA nominee Paul Dano plays David Sweat, a convicted cop-killer who may have genuine feelings for Tilly and becomes a reluctant partner in Richard’s plot. The Sopranos, Little Miss Sunshine and 12 Years A Slave star is perfectly cast: as The Washington Post puts it, he “excels at playing meek-mannered creeps” and “brings a steady and almost feral quality to the role, succumbing to Tilly’s twisted mix of mothering role play.”

3 – Ben Stiller’s true calling may be as a director, not an actor

Ben Stiller won the Directors Guild of America Award for Escape at Dannemora, recognition from his peers that his true calling may be as a director, not an actor. No surprises there for anyone who saw his under-rated The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

As USA Today put it, “It may be hard for some viewers to reckon the star of Zoolander 2 with the excruciatingly raw and harrowing direction of Dannemora, but… Stiller shows himself more than able to direct drama, thrills and action in a series that relies on all three.”

Stiller’s experience in front of the camera has made him a favourite with his cast. As Arquette said when collecting her Golden Globe, “I love Ben Stiller… He’s a dream come true for actors.”

4 – Critics love it

The Los Angeles Times picked Escape at Dannemora as their best show of 2018, while the series has an 89% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 8/10 on IMDB.

The Washington Post praised it as “magnificently disturbing… a master work of true-crime dramatization, remarkable in that it feels true in a way that transcends the record of what happened.”

And USA Today hailed it as “the best possible version of a stranger-than-fiction truth told fictionally. The right director at the right time with the right actors and the right story can turn the salacious into the superb. It’s a feat almost as rare and as difficult as breaking out of prison.”

But wait, there’s more…

You shouldn’t need more reasons than that, but we could go on to mention that Escape at Dannemora also stars Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Bonnie Hunt and Emmy nominee David Morse, who were both in another prison classic, The Green Mile, and is written and executive produced by Writers Guild of America winner Brett Johnson (Mad Men) and Oscar nominee Michael Tolkin (The Player), who met while working as writers on another of our favourites, Ray Donovan.

Binge on Showmax


Epic Story Of Racheltjie De Beer headed For SA Cinemas In October 2019

The most anticipated Afrikaans film of the year, ‘The Story of Racheltjie de Beer’, releases nationwide in October 2019.

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by writer and filmmaker Brett Michael Innes, the film tells the fabled story of Afrikaans family, the De Beers, who are forced to find shelter on a local farm in the Eastern Free State of South Africa in the 1800s. As winter arrives, and dark clouds laden with snow start to roll in over the Drakensberg Mountains, the scene is set for tragedy to strike.

“Known as an Afrikaans tale for all South Africans, the film is inspired by the cherished tale, passed down from generation to generation, of female folk hero Racheltjie de Beer,” says Innes. “When they became separated from the rest of their party, the young girl gave her life to save that of her little brother, making her mark on history as a youthful hero.”

“To accommodate the heroic emotional and visual nature of the story, we captured it in a cinematic style tailored for a big screen experience,” says director Matthys Boshoff. “The film has an intimate yet epic quality to it, from the sound and production design, to the music, camera work and the emotional journey that the characters and audience will go through. Much of this journey is personified through the transformation of the landscape from lush late summer to stark mid-winter, when it is covered in snow. The themes of life and death, loss, courage, sacrifice and love all come to the fore.”

Director Matthys Boshoff

What are the odds of survival against the powerful forces of the environment? As the father and his two children, and their shoddy wagon, trek through the harsh and unforgiving environment with the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains as the backdrop, it becomes clear how small people are in the face of nature.

“We didn’t romanticise the beauty of the mountains, but rather framed them in a way that expresses the madness, determination and incredible will and resilience it takes to journey with two children and an ox wagon in that challenging landscape,” says Boshoff. “They are tiny humans lost in the majesty of nature.”

The film was shot on location on the farm Tierhoek, in the rugged Eastern Free State. The filmmakers sought out a location that would express the harsh reality of living on a remote, isolated farm in the 1800s.

“We did not want to unnecessarily romanticise the period, but we were determined to find a setting that possessed a poetic quality worthy of the story,” Boshoff adds. “Situated in a valley surrounded by mountains, and with a farmhouse and outbuildings that were constructed in the 1870s, Tierhoek was perfect. The stone work is immaculate and there were few modern elements – no telephone lines or electricity, for example. The house had never been renovated and it possessed an old soul; there was moss growing on the walls and burn marks from the Anglo-Boer War were still present.”

Apart from the live action, the film’s visual effects are remarkable, certainly in the realm of Afrikaans filmmaking. “VFX work include elements such as storm clouds, a leopard, a baboon, a zebra, and falling snow,” says producer Johan Kruger. “To the best of my knowledge no other Afrikaans film has made use of VFX at this level, and possibly no other local film, at least not without major international participation. For a number of reasons, shooting in winter and in real snow conditions was not an option, but the real magic with VFX lies in the elements and images it adds to the story.”

There are more than 220 visual effects in the film, according to Boshoff. “We wanted to attribute human characteristics and moods to the weather, and the storm in particular. For that reason, we didn’t just replace clear skies with stock images of clouds; instead we built our own cloud systems that could be manipulated and moved around as we chose. This allowed us to give the storm a personality, to let it turn darker, move faster, threaten the landscape with lightning.

The stellar cast features Stian Bam (‘Modder en Bloed’, ‘Verraaiers’), Zonika De Vries (‘‘n Man Soos My Pa’, ‘Dis Koue Kos, Skat’), Marius Weyers (‘Dis Ek, Anna’, ‘Faan Se Trein’), Sandra Prinsloo (‘‘n Man Soos My Pa’, ‘‘n Pawpaw Vir My Darling’), Antoinette Louw (‘Bram Fischer’, ‘Nul Is Nie Niks Nie’), and Beate Opperman (‘Verraaiers’, ‘Roepman’). Starring in his first film role will be Johannes Jordaan in the role of Racheltjie’s little brother.

“The legend of Racheltjie de Beer is a tale for all time and many South Africans consider it part of their heritage,” says Helen Kuun, MD of Indigenous Film Distribution. “We are thrilled to be involved in bringing her story to life on the big screen for loyal fans and younger contemporary audiences alike.”


Deon Groot Releases New Album And Single

Deon Groot just released his brand new album and second single, EK SWEER and fans are loving it! His first single, Wyn, which was released during March 2019, hit the No. 1 position on radio charts nationwide and EK SWEER will definately not dissapoint!

According to Deon, the album, which took six months to write and another to produce, is dotted with tracks about good times and a little bit of love. “Each song for this album not only had to embody Namaqualand’s sounds, but also had to cater to the market without diminishing who we are as artists,” says Deon. “The greatest challenge was to ensure that we retain our uniqueness; that we don’t become followers. We had to remain true to ourselves without alienating listeners.”

For the artist, the aim is to foster an appreciation for their music by offering listeners strong lyrics and honest melodies – he wants people to enjoy the music for what it is.

He describes the album as simple yet poignant. “We should do as the Namaqualanders do – they teach us to dance, to get together, and to enjoy good conversation,” he says.

Deon is quick to admit that he has a favourite track. “Hemelpoorte is without a doubt my favourite song off the album. It shares a positive message of love and happiness, and the desire to have someone by your side that you would one day want to walk through heaven’s gates with.”

He can’t, however, single out which track he believes will be their greatest hit. “I have a feeling that whichever track we put out there will be well received and will reach great heights.”

Ultimately, he says, he just wants people to listen to the album. “I want people to listen to the album and realise who we are, and to enjoy each melody and lyric for what it is. Every song has a story to tell, and we want people to hear it.”

Deon, who released his debut album, Gee my Oor, in 2017, grew up around music. “My mom was a musician and used to play the piano at night when we were children. There was always music in our house,” he says.

He started working on creating his own music years ago. “Everyone thinks you become an overnight success. But I first picked up a pen in 2004. I played pubs constantly from 2007 and started doing my own thing in 2015. It has been nearly 15 years of hard work, believing, dreaming and building.”

Deon believes that every situation in life takes us somewhere – sorrow, love, happiness – and that we experience certain emotions in certain ways. This is what inspires him, and his experiences shape what he puts forth in his music; from the serious to the silly.

He is also an ardent animal lover who, had he not chosen music as a career, would have worked as a game ranger. “I believe that I belong in nature with the animals. Few people know that own a Green Tree Python called Ceimera. I adore animals.”

Asked what the music industry has taught him over the years, he answers: “Patience. Perseverance. And that you’ll never make it unless you yourself believe that you will. In fact, one of the toughest challenges in this industry is not to take what people say about your music too seriously. Good or bad. You have to be who you are and live for what you wish to achieve.”

He describes his ultimate career highlight as the day he joined the Universal family. “They took my sound and helped me create something genuine and unique – it has made me who I am today.”

Deon Groot’s new album is truly unique in its offering; from the writing to the sound, there simply isn’t anything like it on the market today.

Tracks on the album:

  • Wyn
  • Prikkel
  • Hemelpoorte
  • Pienk Blomme
  • Maak Soos In Namakwaland
  • Pienk Gin
  • Ek Sweer
  • Wicked Game
  • Piekfyn Vir My
  • You Shook Me All Night Long
  • Slaap Nou Sag

The album is now available on all digital platforms here:


Realness – An African Screenwriter’s Residency Announces 2019 Participants At Cannes Film Festival

Realness is an initiative that aims to uncover the depth of cinematic talent that the African continent has to offer. Realness provides a space for filmmakers to develop their authentic voices within an African context. Thus, creating an environment of diversity, but also finding familiarity in different layers of each writer’s experiences.

Left to right Marit Van Den Elshout (IFFR), Anne Lai (Sundance Institute), Elias Ribeiro (Realness), Bongiwe Selane (Realness) announce Realness participants at Cannes this week

Now in its 4th edition, Realness has hosted writer/directors from 13 different countries in Africa including Senegal (Rama Thiaw), Rwanda (Kantarama Gahigiri), Angola (Mario Fradique Bastos) and Kenya (Ng’endo Mukii).

Realness alumni have gone on to be selected to take part in the Sundance Directors and Screenwriters Labs, Biennale College Cinema and La Fabrique in Cannes. Two of the Realness projects have already been produced: Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese (Lesotho) recently wrapped production on his film “This Is Not A Burial, It’s A Resurrection,” and will have its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival this coming September; and Hiwot Admasu’s “A Fool God” is currently in post-production.

“2019 has affirmed the core values of what Realness seeks to achieve – to unearth the wealth of African stories – real stories from the continent, told with an honest and unapologetic point of view by African talent.” says Bongiwe Selane, a partner at Realness for the last three years. Selane announced the 6 residents participating in Realness 2019 on Monday 20th May in Cannes:

  • Athi-Patra Ruga – “The Lunar Songbook”-South Africa
  • Beza Hailu Lemma – “The Last Tears of The Deceased”-Ethiopia
  • Fanyana Hlabangane – “The Spirit Guest”-South Africa
  • Hajooj Kuka – “African Titanics”-Sudan
  • Iman Djionne- “Coura+Ouleye”- Senegal
  • Silas Miami – “Miles”-Kenya

The 6 projects were chosen by an international panel of 16 world cinema stakeholders including Efuru Flowers (Flourishing Films), agent Anthony Mestriner (Cassarato Ramsay & Associates), Dominique Welinksi from DW and Production and Development executive for Indigenous Films, Thandeka Zwana.

“The 2019 group for Realness crosses Africa from East to West. I can hear new strong voices, loud ones. A couple of directors already did a 1st feature which did travel across the world and I’m sure their international experience will really benefit the residency. I would like to thank Realness for allowing me to discover new talents, stories and voices.” says Welinski.

The 4th Edition’s participants will begin their journey at the idyllic Nirox Foundation residence and sculpture park in the Cradle of Humankind on the 11th of June. Over the course of 6 weeks, the residents will be furnished with the resources and mentorship that will empower them to create their best work. They will also attend this year’s 10th Durban FilmMart (19 – 22 July) during the 40th Durban International Film Festival to publicly present their projects to the industry

Elias Ribeiro, founder of Realness, had a big announcement to make at Cannes on the 19th of May: Creative Producer Indaba. “Indaba has been met with great enthusiasm by our Industry peers. We have big dreams, we are unfolding Realness into an institute inspired by Sundance Institute within the African context, which not only caters to writers, directors and producers, but in future also nurtures professionals in other disciplines of film, such as curation, production design, sound and cinematography, moreover, we intend to structure a film fund to help finance the filmmakers and projects we support.” says Ribeiro.

Realness is an initiative by Urucu Media in partnership with Nirox Foundation, Berlinale Talents, Durban FilmMart, The Durban International Film Festival, Durban Talents, Institute Français, The French Institute of South Africa, TorinoFilmLab, EAVE Producer’s Workshop, Locarno Filmmaker’s Academy, CNC (Le Centre National du Cinéma et de L’image Animée), Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF Filmmaker Lab, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Cocoon Productions and Deuxieme Ligne Films.

More information about the 2019 Residents and their projects can be found on the Realness Website:


Len Muller’s New Single Is Raw, Emotional And Honest

Len Muller is a versatile and talented musician who is best-known for his grippingly beautiful music that has already won the hearts of music lovers from all over the country.

OORGENOEG, the superstar’s latest single, is a striking Afrikaans Acoustic song, which not only showcases his skills as songwriter and singer, but will also satisfy the most critical ear.

The single can be described as raw and honest and comes from a very special place in his heart. “Poverty in our country is something that has made me sad since I was a little boy and I have shed a lot of tears about the fact that some people have to live on the streets. I have never been able to understand why certain people have more than they could ever need, while others are starving. The song originated from my frustration about greed,” Len explains. “Although I am unable to provide a financial solution to the problem, I still have music and if my song could only change one person’s perspective on the situation, it would be worth it. The lyrics are simple and honest and it is a song that is very dear to me.”

OORGENOEG, produced by Bellville Studios’ Theo Crous for Len’s upcoming album, is also the first song he recorded with his sister, Miemie Blaauw, who joins in at the final chorus of the song. “She made me cry in studio and it was a very special,” he shares.

According to Len the music video was created to provide a platform for the song and to show listeners what happens behind the scenes at a recording studio. “Instead of telling a story, the idea was to share more about the creative process. The song speaks for itself and the video supports that message,” he explains. “We wanted to film visual elements in open spaces while I was busy performing.”

The video was filmed at the Voortrekker Monument shortly after Len’s show at Park Acoustics where the song was performed live for the first time. It was filmed and produced by Blimp Films’s Reghardt, Werner and Nelis Botha.

The singer’s latest release follows in the successful footsteps of his big hit, Vrede, which was also the theme song of kykNET’s star-studded (Bobby van Jaarsveld, Lea Vivier, Sandra Prinsloo, Crystal-Donna Roberts, Reynardt Slabbert and Solomon Cupido) sitcom, Mense Mense, which was launched in March 2018. The music video was also used to market the show and has already had more than 33 000 views on YouTube. The single, written in association with Roan van As and Raldo Mattheus, featured in the number one spot of various radio charts and is one of his most successful song up to date. It has been downloaded and streamed by more than 60 000 listeners on Apple Music, Shazam and Spotify, collectively and is also listed as one of the most streamed Afrikaans songs on Len’s online platforrms.

Sterrewals was released at the end of 2018 and was equally well received. It is a nostalgic balled that he wrote for his wife, Chanél, after they got married. Vrede and Sterrewals were both taken from his second studio album, Oog Van Die Storm that was released in 2017.

This album has already delivered numerous radio and television hits, including the feel good song, Ek Glo, that topped the charts of various radio stations for several weeks. The music video was an instant hit, has been viewed by thousands of people on YouTube and is regularly featured on TV. Sing vir Sente, the second song he wrote with Faraway George, was released in June 2017 and can still be heard on the radio.

Len’s debut album, Doodgewone Avontuur, was released in 2015 and officially launched his career in the South African Music Industry. This masterpiece also got him nominated for various Ghoema- and Tempo Awards, including Male Artist of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. Since then he has managed to conquer the hearts of many Afrikaans music lovers and is best-known for his duet, Vir Die Een Wat Geval Het, with Joshua na die Reën, as well as Smag na Jou, which was included on the soundtrack of the romantic comedy, Strikdas.

Over the past few years, Len Muller has shared the stage with some of South Africa’s biggest stars, including Jan Blohm, Bok van Blerk, Dans Dans Lisa, Chris Chameleon, Jak de Priester, Francois van Coke, Andriëtte Norman, Dan Patlansky, Matthew Mole and Kaleidoskoop. He has also performed with Afrikaans Akoesties and at all the big music festivals across the country.

The artist also joined forces with Joshua na die Reën, Kaleidoskoop, Leon Gropp, Lizandra Winter and Liani Reynolds to create a very special project called Musiek Soos Grond, which took place at Villa Avianto in Bloemfontein and The Big Red Barn in Pretoria in May 2019. This concert was the first of its kind in the country and aims to provide a platform for contemporary musicians to showcase their lyrics, stories and versatility on stage. The concept was extremely well received and there has already been numerous requests for the show to be repeated. Lugballon, a single and music video created by the artists involved to market this project, is currently featured on various platforms.

On May 31st 2019, Len will be releasing his new EP and he is very excited about sharing it with his fans. It has always been his dream to release an album that is not overly produced and has a more organic feel. The EP boasts five original hits, including his latest single and is definitely the perfect collector’s items for listeners with a taste for acoustic music. “I have been wanting to release live acoustic versions of some of my songs, with just a few instruments like the cello, banjo, ukulele and acoustic guitar, for a long time,” he shares. “Experts predict that in the future machines will be able to produce music perfectly and that humans will no longer be needed in this process. To me, being human and vulnerable is an important part of creating music – even if a guitar string snaps in the middle of a session – because that is what makes it real. Just like humans, music is also not always perfect.”

He adds: “It has been seven years since I made the decision to become a full-time musician. Two solo albums later, I am still not always convinced that this was the right decision. What I do believe, is that it is my passion and calling. I also found that trying to commercialise my songs does not work for me, because listeners tend to appreciate my own style more. I do not want to feel like I have to compete with other artists to be in the ‘limelight’, because music is not actually supposed to be about the individual. Everyone deserves their own place in life. I want to contribute towards building an upside-down kingdom; where those who come last is actually first, those who are small are actually big and influential, and those who are poor are actually rich. In this kingdom, everyone will have more than enough.”

OORGENOEG not only serves as the perfect teaser for Len Muller’s new album and also has the potential to make a difference in a country where so many people are suffering. The single is now available on all digital platforms here:


  1. Nuwe Horison (Acoustic)
  2. Ek Glo (Acoustic)
  3. Sing vir Sente (Acoustic)
  4. Oorgenoeg (Radio Edit)
  5. Verdwyn (Acoustic)

Canon Launches An Iconic Lens For A New Generation – RF 85mm F1.2L USM – Canon’s Highest Resolution Yet

Canon Europe, world leader in lens manufacturing, today builds on its ongoing commitment to photographers, with the launch of the latest generation of Canon’s iconic 85mm f/1.2L lens, the RF 85mm F1.2L USM. Offering the highest resolution of a Canon lens launched to date, it features a super-fast aperture and outstanding AF speeds, making it ideal for capturing candid portraiture and wedding photography. Following Canon’s lens development announcement in February, the RF 85mm F1.2L USM is the first of six RF mount lenses being introduced by Canon in 2019. This lens, endorsed by award-winning Canon Europe Ambassador Félicia Sisco, will take users of the legendary EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM to the next level of performance. All six RF lenses will offer incredible quality and versatility for those looking to get the perfect shot.

Impressive resolution for every detail

Designed for the EOS R System, the RF mount redefines the possibilities of photography and videography, providing the tools for users to enhance their skills and shoot creatively without limitations. Developed in line with technological advancements and end user feedback, the RF 85mm F1.2L USM uses the RF mount’s advanced possibilities to enhance image quality and communication between the lens and the full-frame mirrorless camera body.

The 85mm short telephoto lens provides the ideal focal length for portraits and a flattering perspective for faces. The RF 85mm F1.2L USM is only the second lens in Canon’s line-up, after the EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM, to use Canon’s unique BR optic technology, which effectively corrects axial chromatic aberration that is not completely correctable with a combination of traditional glass lenses – improving resolution and sharpness. Ensuring incredibly high image quality for every shot, the aspherical and UD lens elements reduce lens aberrations enabling stunning optical performance.

High-speed, high-quality

The RF 85MM F1.2L USM is one of Canon’s fastest aperture autofocus lenses for its full-frame mirrorless range of cameras. When coupled with the short telephoto length and Dual Pixel CMOS AF, the fast f/1.2 aperture creates stunning shallow depth of field, bokeh and background separation. The lens aperture makes the subject leap from the image, whilst the nine-aperture blade system enhances the subject against the smoothly blurred background, ideal for portraiture photography. The ultra-wide aperture transmits 50 per cent more light than a f/1.4 lens for shooting in challenging, lighting conditions – down to -6EV (EOS R) and -5EV (EOS RP) – capturing the atmosphere in every moment.

Using the same ring type USM motor as the RF 50mm F1.2L USM, the RF 85mm F1.2L USM ensures sharp focus is found swiftly and accurately, allowing objects to be tracked as they move around the frame. Coupled with a new microprocessor, which uses a new high-performance CPU and firmware, the lens utilises the EOS R system increasing data transfer, resulting in faster operation and AF, allowing the photographer to capture split-second moments.

Exceptional handling and durability

Incorporated in Canon’s RF lenses is a control ring – where settings are programmable to TV, AV, ISO and exposure setting – adds a layer of customisation, making it ideal for wedding photographers who need ranging settings for both perfect candid moments and beautifully modelled shots. The lens is also equipped with a full-time manual focus ring, which allows manual focusing by turning the focusing ring, without the need to switch to MF mode. Ideal for shooting outdoors, or on location, the RF 85mm F1.2L USM features the iconic L-series weatherproofing, sealing the lens to protect against adverse weather conditions when shooting outdoors or on location.

Award-winning wedding photographer and Canon Ambassador, Félicia Sisco commented, “As a wedding – and portrait – photographer, I need to be able to trust my tools so that I can focus on the subject and tell their story. I have been using Canon’s iconic 85mm 1.2 lens for over 20 years because of its speed and wide-aperture which guarantees beautiful images, even in low light.

“The new RF 85mm F1.2L USM is better than I could have imagined. This lens produces a depth of field and bokeh that is impossible to achieve with other lenses and I already know it will become a staple in my kitbag. It separates the subject from the background and delivers a sharp focus on the subject’s eyes which is simply breath-taking, capturing every special moment.”

RF 85mm F1.2L USM Key Features:

  • Extreme high performance 85mm prime lens
  • 85mm focal length to provide flattering perspective ideal for portraits
  • Very Large f/1.2 aperture with 9-aperture blade for superior low light performance and smooth background blur
  • BR optics (Blue Spectrum Refractive optics) reduce chromatic aberration ensuring the highest image quality
  • Aspherical and UD elements ensure the highest resolution across of the image
  • USM motor for smooth, near-silent operation
  • Control Ring – giving direct control over Tv/Av/ISO settings
  • ASC (Air Sphere Coating) prevents flare and ghosting from deteriorating image quality

*The RF85mm F1.2 L USM achieves the highest optical performance(MTF) at maximum aperture among Canon’s 85mm autofocus lenses for interchangeable cameras(DSLRs and mirrorless) available as of May 8, 2019. Based on Canon’s research.


Game Of Thrones: The Last Watch Documentary Is On M-Net 101 This Monday

A week after it’s epic conclusion, the multi-award winning drama Game of Thrones continues to enthrall and excite: with an exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary that’s a must-watch for fans of the global television sensation. Game of Thrones: The Last Watch will air simultaneously with the US on Monday 27 May at 03:00 and then in prime time on the same day at 21:00 on M-Net channel 101 on DStv. The documentary will also be on Showmax at 21:00 on the same day.

This original HBO production explores the creation of the final season, and delves deep to reveal the tears and triumphs involved in the challenge of bringing the fantasy world of Westeros to life – in the very real studios, fields and car-parks of Northern Ireland. Acclaimed British filmmaker Jeanie Finlay directs the piece, and was embedded on the set of the hit HBO series, chronicling the creation of the show’s most ambitious and complicated season.

Made with unprecedented access, Game of Thrones: The Last Watch is an up-close and personal report from the trenches of production, following the crew and the cast as they contend with extreme weather, punishing deadlines and an ever-excited fandom hungry for spoilers. Much more than a “making of” documentary, this is a funny, heartbreaking story, told with wit and intimacy, about the bittersweet pleasures of what it means to create a world — and then have to say goodbye to it.

Jeanie Finlay’s previous credits include the documentaries Seahorse, Orion: The Man Who Would Be King, Pantomime, The Great Hip Hop Hoax, Sound It Out and Goth Cruise. Game of Thrones: The Last Watch is her eighth feature film.

The documentary is a Glimmer Films production for HBO; directed by Jeanie Finlay; executive produced by David Benioff. D.B. Weiss, Bernadette Caulfield; produced by Jeanie Finlay, Rachel Hooper, Martin Mahon; edited by Alice Powell; filmed by Jeanie Finlay, Mark Bushnell, Louise Liddy, Aaron Black, Richard Jephcote; and composed by Hannah Peel.

Bid farewell to the acclaimed, worldwide phenomenon with a final look at its creation, on Monday 27 May at 03:00 or at 21:00 in prime time on the same day. The documentary will also be available to stream on Showmax at 21:00 on Monday 27 May.

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Madeleine McCann: An ID Murder Mystery

Disappearance of Madeleine McCann

One of the most mysterious child abduction cases that left the whole world baffled will air on ID (DStv 171) this month. Over 10 years ago, 3-year-old British toddler Madeleine McCann disappeared from her bed in a holiday home in Praia da Luz, Portugal and her loved ones have been searching for answers ever since.

The case which has been described as ‘the most heavily reported missing-person case in modern history’ has gripped the nation and the world.

Still tragically unresolved, this programme conducts a new analysis and examination of the case, in a definitive deep dive into one of the crimes that have shocked and shaken British society and raised numerous unanswered questions.

The two-part mini-series features exclusive interviews from members of law enforcement, the family’s legal team, and some of the journalists who’ve covered this unusual case from the beginning.

Catch Madeleine McCann: An ID Murder Mystery on ID (DStv 171) from Sunday, 26 May 2019 at 21:50.


MultiChoice Brings Edutainment Fun For Children With The Launch Of PBS KIDS

MultiChoice is always looking for the freshest in kid’s entertainment and has partnered with PBS to bring PBS KIDS’ high-quality educational content to the DStv platform available in all of sub-Saharan Africa. For three months, starting Wednesday, 22 May through Thursday, 22 August 2019, DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family & Access customers will have PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC, ARTHUR and other well-known PBS KIDS series available on DStv Channel 313.

“MultiChoice is always open to exploring ways to expand our customer offering, adding a children’s channel that is not only entertainment for the entire family but also experiential and educational adds value to the DStv packages,” says Yolisa Phahle, CEO of General Entertainment for MultiChoice.

Andrea Downing, Co-President of PBS Distribution, comments, “We are excited to offer this new audience the opportunities that PBS KIDS content offers. PBS KIDS is the number one educational media brand for kids, offering children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds. DStv is inviting parents and children to experience this trusted content that helps children learn and grow.”

To stimulate the intellect of our young ones on the go, they can stream PBS KIDS live with parental controls for a safe viewing environment anytime, anywhere via the DStv Now mobile app or online

Among the series included in the channel are:


PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC®, based on the beloved book series by Victoria Kann, encourages children to engage in self-expression and to explore the arts, including music, dance, and visual arts. Kids will be inspired to get creative by Pinkalicious, Peter, and their friends through adventures in their neighborhood of Pinkville!


Based on the best-selling children’s books by Marc Brown, ARTHUR follows the adventures of 8-year-old Arthur Read. Join the beloved aardvark for heartfelt and humorous stories about family, friends, and the challenges of growing up.


The lovable WordFriends take children on adventures in a world of words where they encounter problems that can only be solved by building a word. Playfully demonstrating the connections between letters, sounds, words, and meaning, WORDWORLD empowers children to advance from learning letters to learning how to read.