The Lion King Roars Past R100m At South African Box Office

This past weekend (23-25 August 2019), after 6 weeks at the top of the South African Box Office and over 1.2 million attendances, Disney’s The Lion King passed R100 million, becoming the third film in history to do so.

With over R101m in local box office takings, the all-new film joins the R100m club that already features last year’s Black Panther and this year’s Avengers: Endgame, both from Marvel Studios. Together with 2018’s Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War, Walt Disney Studios releases now account for the top 4 films of all time at the South African Box Office.

Directed by Jon Favreau, and utilizing pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way, Disney’s The Lion King boasts an all-star cast that includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon and South Africa’s own Dr. John Kani as Rafiki. Local music legend Lebo M features on the breath-taking soundtrack as does Pharrell Williams, Elton John, Tim Rice and the cast.

“We are thrilled at the overwhelming response that South African audiences have shown The Lion King, a story grounded on the continent that celebrates so much of the creativity and beauty of what Africa has to offer,” says Christine Service, Senior Vice President of The Walt Disney Company Africa. “We are equally delighted that the stories from our studios, whether they be Disney, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel Studios or 20th Century Fox, continue to resonate with local audiences to this extent – we look forward to sharing more upcoming releases in 2019, including Maleficent: Mistress of Evil in October as well as Frozen 2 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker this festive season.”

This past weekend also saw the culmination of The Lion King Screening Programme whereby The Walt Disney Company Africa, in collaboration with Hyundai Santa Fe, FNB and Attacq Foundation saw up to 10 000 high school learners from under-served communities across the country experiencing the ground-breaking new film at Ster-Kinekor Theatres.

Disney’s The Lion King is currently in cinemas.

Read the SAMDB review of The Lion King.

About the Film:

Disney’s The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau, journeys to the African savannah where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.


Valeska Muller’s Debut Album Is Now Available

Over the years, Valeska Muller has mastered the art of conquering the hearts of listeners with her soothing voice, upbeat songs and honest lyrics.

It therefore comes as no surprise that fans are super-excited about the release of her long-awaited debut album, MY SIMFONIE, which not only showcases her talent, but also offers a collection of music that everyone will enjoy.

“This album is literally ‘MY SYMPHONY’. An extensive musical composition of my life and, of course, my love for music,” she explains. “With this release, I wanted to introduce myself, add something new to the industry and share my work with those who have supported me for so long.”

She describes the genre of her first CD as electro pop-dance with a hint of progressive house music. It consists of fifteen original Afrikaans and three English tracks, created primarily by Valeska and her producer, BIGG-T. Two of the songs were written with Sean Butler and the singer feels that a lot of quality time was spent to ensure a unique and perfect end-product.

“It was important to me that the emotion of each song is represented by the music. Many topics are addressed throughout the album, such as sadness, trauma, disappointment, frustration, love, acceptance and hope. Each track was approached like a movie – some have action, others will make you laugh or dance and then there are some that will make you cry,” Valeska shares. “I think that the album is unique and progressive. We experimented with different sounds and melodies and created something that not many Afrikaans listeners are used to. It’s very fresh and exciting.”

According to the artist, Jy Vat Alles has a very special place in her heart: “It is a letter that I wrote to someone and I often listen to it myself, because it awakens something deep within my soul.” She also feels that Hou Jou Mond En Dans and Naby My Naby Jou have the potential to become popular with the crowd.

The release of the album follows closely in the footsteps of her latest single, Verlange Van Jou, which was inspired by events from her own life and resonates with audiences of all ages. This striking original, created by Valeska and producer BIGG-T, can be described as progressive house music and created quit a buzz in the industry. It will also be available in English soon.

The music video, filmed by Saint Nic Media’s Nic Billington, sparked a lot of interest because of its unique concept of using colour (blue and red) to reflect her contrasting emotions. It can currently be seen on television.

Her previous singles, Skyn Jou Liggie Vir My and Verdwaal Saam Met Jou, were both very well received by the public and can still be heard on the radio. The music videos of both songs, which were produced by the same director, have also had thousands of views on YouTube.

Valeska, who owns her own music school – Valeska Muller Vocal Academy (VMVA), has been working in the music for the past nineteen years and credits being part of the Top 7 contestants on the reality program, Zing, as one of the biggest highlights of her career.

Since then she has had lead roles in various stage productions and made appearances in several television shows, including Generations, Roer Jou Voete, One Way and Binnelanders. One of her songs were also used as the theme song for the Via TV program, ’n Ster Vir My Bed. Over the years, she has performed at different functions and at some of the country’s biggest festivals, including a performance for King Swandile at the Royal Swazi Sun, Aardklop, Innibos, The Mulberry Festival, KKNK and more.

The singer is currently training for the Two Oceans Marathon, busy learning Spanish and working on the finishing touches of her debut album, which is scheduled for release later this year. “Having the opportunity to record my first album in my mother tongue is a very big deal to me. It is hard work, but also a very rewarding experience,” she says.

Aside from her goal to change the face of Afrikaans music and touch people’s hearts with MY SIMFONIE, Valeska Muller also has some other big dreams that include a world tour, starring in a movie, writing a book and starting her own music label. Because there were too many songs to include on her current album, listeners can also look forward to some exciting new releases in the future.

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Louis Geldenhuys Sings About Forgiveness In New Pop Single

“I believe in my heart that everyone makes mistakes and has, at one point in time, asked for a second or third chance – even when they did not think that they deserved it. We have also all been in a situation where we were required to do the same for someone else to salvage that specific relationship,” says Louis Geldenhuys about the meaning behind the second single from his debut album, which has just been released.

ENGEL is a pop song, written by Warren Gray Elliott and is about a turning point in a stormy relationship, where love and forgiveness prevail. “This song is one of my personal favourites and is also a crowd pleaser at my shows,” says the singer. “I think audiences like it because it’s about love, pain and forgiveness and those are emotions that everyone experiences. Words can cut deep, but it’s your choice how you respond to them. Sometimes you have to give someone the benefit of the doubt, even if you feel he or she doesn’t deserve it.”

The music video, filmed by Fathom Media in Randburg, is not only unique because it was shot in black and white, but also because it includes great acting by Handré Kritzinger and Getroud met Rugby actress and VIA TV reality show, Ster-Status / Apprentesses official runner-up (Silver award winner), Jenine Grobler. “It’s about a married couple who are going through a difficult time and fighting a lot. One night, after another argument, he decides to leave and his wife’s heart is broken. She can’t think of anything else but him. As he walks away, it feels as if he is losing his mind – with every angry word that was said that evening burning like a fire through him. However, when he stops and looks back, he realizes that he wants to stay and save their relationship because he loves her and can’t imagine a life without his wife,” the star explains.

ENGEL follows in the successful footsteps of Louis debut single and titular track of his first album, Harte In Die Lug, written by Dennis East. This upbeat Country song, was very well received, especially at the KKNK and Die Boer in Cape Town, and is already a firm favourite on the dance floor.

Just like the first single, the album was cleverly constructed to combine the finest lyrics and melodies to ensure a chillingly beautiful end result. It boasts eleven original tracks that includes dance music as well as meaningful love ballads and gospel song.

According to him, ENGEL is also at the top of his children’s playlist, while friends and family enjoy Vlamme the most. “I want people to get to know me through my music – I am a father who wants to live his dream and make his children proud,” he says.

The musician with his sophisticated voice, grew up in Welkom and has been in love with music for as long as he can remember. Aside from singing in the school choir, Louis had no other formal vocal training, but he was determined to follow his dream of working in the entertainment industry. After school he was a regular performer at functions and venues in his area and he even went to study Drama with Nicole Holm and Albert Maritz at Nortlink College in Europe for two years.

Although he had to take over the family business in Welkom after his father passed away, he never stopped dreaming of having a career in the music industry. With the loving support of his wife and children, he started performing again a few years ago.

Since resuming his music career, he has also performed at various festivals like KKNK and the kykNET Buite Ekspo, and he was also one of the organizers of a big music show in Mossel Bay, featuring big names like Nádine, Manie Jackson, Monique Steyn, Pieter Koen and Rudi Claase, which also afforded him the opportunity to perform with them.

Louis enjoys meaningful lyrics with an enjoyable tune and believes that this was inspired by the music that he grew up with, like Bles Bridges, BZN, Jim Reeves and Albert Hummond. He would love to work with the likes of Johan Vorster someday.

ENGEL is a chillingly beautiful song that combines a striking melody with soulful lyrics. It not only showcases the singer’s voice, but is also proof that Louis Geldenhuys was destined to share his musical talent with listeners and that he will continue doing so for many more years to come.

This single is also available on his debut album HARTE IN DIE LUG and available on all digital platforms here:


Springbok World Cup Announcement – Live On DStv

There won’t be a tackle or a sensational try to savour, but the eyes of every rugby fan ought to be on DStv’s SuperSport at 15:00 on Monday, 26 August 2019.

This is because the much-awaited World Cup squad will be announced live on your World of Champions.

For weeks, speculation has mounted as to which players will make up the 31-man squad. The men who carry the hopes of a nation will be paraded for the first time at MultiChoice City where coach Rassie Erasmus and Siya Kolisi, the confirmed leader of the team, will speak of the challenge that awaits.

The Boks will have no easy ride as they seek to emulate the Cup-winning heroes of 1995 and 2007 – their first match at the World Cup will be against defending champions and eternal rivals New Zealand, in Yokohama on September 21.

It is expected to be a full-blooded battle with the winners likely to top the group and the losers sure to have a tougher road to the playoffs.

SuperSport has dedicated a substantial production crew to ensure that Monday’s broadcast goes off without a hitch. Amid the many challenges is securing a stage that can accommodate 4000kg of prime beef, the expected weight of the Bok squad once assembled.

Another is ensuring that the Boks are well fed both before and after the announcement. “They eat constantly, and not a little either,” said one SA Rugby staffer.

As ever with such announcements, the broadcast will include vibrant entertainment with the popular Gwijo squad set to belt out traditional songs, plus singing sensation Sho Madjozi and the Soweto Gospel Choir.

Viewers will also be reminded of past glories with an all-action video highlighting many of the Boks’ best moments from previous World Cups.

Popular rugby hosts Motshidisi Mohono and Matthew Pearce will anchor the day’s events, ensuring the Boks get the send-off they deserve ahead of their departure for Japan next Friday. (30 August 2019).

“There are challenges with a live production such as this, but we are well set,” said Sam Sejamoholo, SuperSport’s producer of the show. “There are strict protocols around the Springboks, as you’d expect, but we are looking forward to being part of this momentous event. With a big live audience, rugby fever will be high.”

Monday signals the real countdown to the World Cup with SuperSport shortly rolling out its detailed plans for the tournament. These will include six magazine shows; world-class analysis and all 48 matches live and in High Definition, guaranteeing the very best broadcast package for rugby fans.

Monday’s announcement will be live on SS1, SuperSport Blitz, CSN and Showmax.

For those unable to get to their televisions, it will also be streamed on DStv Now.


DStv Content Discovery: 23 To 29 August 2019

Rugby: Springbok World Cup Team Announcement on Monday 26 August on SuperSport 1 (201) at 15:00

Three words similar to a referee’s scrum calls should echo around South Africa shortly before the announcement of the country’s Rugby World Cup team: Look, listen, unite!

The event, to be broadcast live between 15:00 and 16:30 on Monday, will release a flood of emotions and comments. Few will agree with every selection, but the moment the last name is called, the #StrongerTogether campaign turns into a call to arms. Springbok supporters all over the world have been implored to unite in supporting the team throughout the tournament in Japan next month. The time to “bind”, as referees say before scrums, has arrived.

Arendsvlei fans have been raving about how excited they are that the series will return for a brand-new season, which will see the current matriculants graduate and head off to university. Meanwhile, the first season is drawing to a dramatic close that simply can’t be missed.

With a new set of presenters, the latest season of Top Gear is sure to get motoring hearts racing. Joining regular Chris Harris are cricketing legend Freddie Flintoff and comedian Paddy McGuinness, who are sure to breathe some fresh life into the well-loved format.

All eyes are going to be on the Golden Gloves showdown between Rowan Campbell and Patrick Makula. At stake is the IBO Africa super middleweight title, so boxing fans are in for a massive treat this weekend, as Campbell will be going all-out to defend his title.


Arendsvlei S1 on Monday 26 August on kykNET&kie (145) at 20:00

Tension builds as more truths are revealed about the origin of the gun used to shoot David Abrahams. Will Claudia be rescued in time? While her family panics about her whereabouts, Captain Karelse puts pressure on Wendy regarding her relationships with Emile and David, and Chantel opens up about her anxiety after the attack. Don’t miss this popular Mother City drama whose strong cast includes Jody Abrahams and Melanie du Bois. The good news is the series has also been extended for another season! Find out more here.

Grassroots S1 on Friday 23 August on 1Magic (103) at 19:30

This rugby drama series is richly woven with Xhosa tradition and delves into themes of manhood, culture and belonging. Two young men must make the transition from the dusty rural streets to competing at a highbrow private school in Johannesburg. Featuring Zikhona Sodlaka and veteran star Connie Chiume.

Being Bonang S3 on Friday 23 August on 1Magic (103) at 19:00

Much happier and more carefree, Bonang lets her hair down to enjoy her 30s, as well as the new friendships she has cultivated in this amazing moment of her life. She travels to New York and, with her family at the centre of her heart, Bonang hosts a stunning 54th birthday celebration for her mother.

Getroud met Rugby S4 from Mondays to Fridays on kykNET (144) at 18:00

This drama revolves around four rugby stars and their wives who become entangled in scandalous affairs. Renate and Simon receive Madelyn’s pregnancy results and Schalk is dreading his date with a die-hard rugby fan. Julia and Blitz announce their engagement. Kristen is not coping with Jacques Kotze’s death and the detectives sense that it was no accident.

Binnelanders S9 on Monday 26 August on kykNET (144) at 19:30

Tannie Breggie Engelbrecht is experiencing severe pain and is rushed to the upmarket private hospital, Binneland Clinic. Luckily, Tertius Jonker is the doctor on call at the emergency unit. Renate interrogates Trudie about Boeta.

Lui maar op, Belinda S1 on Monday 26 August kykNET (144) at 20:00

Everyone is complaining about their difficult jobs and Ian implements a strategy from his new book, “Beter Baas, Beter Klaas”. Brümilda van Rensburg stars as Belinda, a former actress who’s now fallen on hard times, while Annelisa Weiland plays Annetjie.

Elders: Japan S2 on Friday 23 August on kykNET (144) at 17:30

It’s called the Land of the Rising Sun, and Erns Grundling will see just how gorgeous that sunrise is when he visits the highest skyscraper in Japan. He meets two South African missionaries in Kobe and feeds deer in Nara. He also chats to a South African who plays rugby for Japan’s national team and shares in the Halloween fun in Osaka.

Let’s Eat with Siphokazi S4 on Friday 23 August on Mzansi Magic (161) at 20:00
She used to be a domestic worker. Now, Siphokazi Mdlankomo’s show is a hit among culinary fans. She prepares fresh and tantalising dishes for her celeb guests, which have included The Queen’s Thembsie Matu and presenter Thembisa Mdoda.

Living the Dream with Somizi S4 on Thursday 29 August on Mzansi Magic (161) at 20:00
TT has a bone to pick with his best friend – could it be the groomsman issue? Somizi opens up about a personal struggle he’s been experiencing lately. This season of the reality show also features Somizi’s ex and mother of his daughter, actress Palesa Madisakwane.

The Queen S4 from Mondays to Fridays on Mzansi Magic (161) at 21:00

The Khoza clan considers reconciling, but will Kagiso be able to forgive his brother and uncle after they nearly killed him? Zodwa and her daughter-in-law have their very own kum ba ya moment, and Jerry is caught between his daughter and his wife.


Rugby: Currie Cup, Premier Division ‒ 24 August on SuperSport 1 (201)

Scalp-collecting Griquas, standing at the top of the log, have a chance of adding another victory over a big-name team when they play the Golden Lions in Kimberley on Saturday (14:45). Western Province, however, may need their best performance of the season to beat the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein (17:00). In the late game (19:15), the Blue Bulls face the Sharks. Live coverage of the “friendly” World Cup warm-up between England and Ireland should also provide excellent entertainment on SuperSport 8 (15:50).

Football: English Premier League from Friday 23-25 August on SuperSport 3 (203), SuperSport 5 (205) and SuperSport 7 (207)

All the big guns are primed, but Arsenal will try their best to produce the brightest fireworks when they play Liverpool on Saturday (18:20). The scramble for positions at the top of the table is already hectic. Manchester United (Saturday 15:20 against Crystal Palace) and Manchester City (Sunday 14:50 against Bournemouth) will aim to continue their recent scoring feats, but Chelsea have a long way to climb. They face Norwich City on Saturday (13:20), just before Spurs meet Newcastle at 17:20.

Football: Super Diski: Absa Premiership from Friday 23-24 August and from Tuesday 27-28 August on SuperSport 4 (204)

SuperSport United, having thrashed Orlando Pirates, have the other Soweto favourites in their sights when they play Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday (17:50). Only three days later (19:20 on 27 August) Chiefs face another tough challenge, playing Cape Town City away. Pirates have many repairs to do against Golden Arrows (19:20 on 28 August) who first play Chippa United at 14:00 on Saturday. Black Leopards will stalk Highlands Park at 14:40 (SuperSport 11) on the same day and Baroka challenge Bloemfontein Celtic at 14:00 on Sunday.

Boxing: Golden Gloves tournament on Friday August 23 on SuperSport 9 (209) at 19:30

Boxing fans who know to expect the unexpected at all times won’t let themselves be distracted when undefeated Rowan Campbell defends his IBO All-Africa super-middleweight belt at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, on Friday night. Campbell has won six of his 10 professional bouts inside the distance but his DRC-born opponent, Patrick Mukula, has stopped ten of his opponents in 13 fights. Another potentially explosive bout on the card is a junior-middleweight scrap between Rourke Knapp and Kazahkstan’s Alexandr Zhuravskiy.


The Grinch on Saturday 24 August M-Net (101) at 15:30

Pharrell Williams narrates, and Benedict Cumberbatch voices the grumpy Grinch in this latest animated comedy adaptation of the Dr Seuss children’s classic. The people of Whoville love everything about Christmas, but The Grinch cannot stand it. When he realises they want to make Christmas three times bigger than ever before, he devises a plan to steal it from them. The only person standing in his way is that outrageously happy girl, Cindy-Lou…

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Saturday 24 August on NickToons (308) at 17:10

Cowabunga, dude! The stylish reboot of the popular franchise is still going strong, and in this week’s brand-new episodes, our Ninja-fighting, pizza-loving foursome must save New York City from a swarm of mutant oozesquitos. Listen out for the voice of John Cena as Baron Draxum.

The Powerpuff Girls on Saturday 24 August on Cartoon Network (301) at 18:10

The Professor is ecstatic about his new time-controlling invention, but sternly forbids the girls from taking it out of the safety of the house. When Buttercup defies him and ends up losing it while trying to show off, she finds out that the sneaky Gangreen Gang are behind its disappearance.

Dora and Friends: Puppy Princess Rescue on Sunday 25 August on Nick Jr (307) at 07:05

Dora and friends to the rescue! In this special double-length episode, Dora, her friends and their adorable puppies try to make peace between the pooches and the cranky cats when the Puppy Princess of Doggie Land mysteriously vanishes.


The Meg premieres Sunday 25 August on M-Net (101) at 20:00

From director Jon Turtletaub (National Treasure), The Meg is a first class creature-feature B-movie adventure starring action stalwart Jason Statham. Rated by Rotten Tomatoes as one of the top 10 most enjoyable Rotten Movies of 2018, this entertaining mash-up of action and humour (and plenty of gratuitous shirtless Statham scenes) about a group of deep-sea scientists at odds with a 23 metre-long mega shark, is aquatic carnage at its best.

Read the SAMDB review of The Meg.

Singularity premieres Saturday on Saturday 24 August on M-Net (101) at 21:00

Transformers meets The Terminator in this futuristic sci-fi drama. John Cusack stars as a tech mogul whose supercomputer Kronos turns on humankind, having all AI attack us instead of saving a world at war. Years later, two teenagers become unlikely heroes as they go in search of a world where humans live without fear of robots.

Mary Shelley premieres Monday 26 August on M-Net Movies Premiere (104) at 20:00

As Mary Shelley, Elle Fanning’s “impeccable blend of apparent fragility and iron-cored defiance dominates the film”, according to Empire magazine. This elegant biopic about the author of arguably the first-ever science fiction novel, “Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus”, will delight fans of literary film adaptations.

Young Men premieres Sunday 25 August on SundanceTV (108) at 19:45

Commissioned by the BBC in commemoration of the WWI centenary, this moving and poignant dance feature film is based on the highly successful stage production in which a group of young soldiers are united by the terror and the toll war takes on the minds and bodies of those it consumes. Starring Andrea Carrucciu and Simone Donati.


Ballers S5 starts on Monday 26 August on 1Magic (103) at 21:30

When football calls, Spencer Stasmore’s got to answer. That’s right, Ballers is back for a brand new season! The sports drama series will air almost concurrently with the US broadcast, and will be up simultaneously on Showmax. Season 5 comes in on the stand-off between Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) and college football’s governing body, the NCAA, with Spencer vowing to be a representative for “every guy who couldn’t beat the system.”

Modern Family S10 starts on Wednesday 28 August on M-Net (101) at 19:00

The Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan set off more than a few fireworks when they get together for the Fourth of July parade in the tenth (and penultimate) season premiere of this award-winning comedy. Meanwhile, Arvin is heading for Switzerland and Haley’s goodbye plans get derailed.

Man with a Plan S3 starts on Saturday 24 August on M-Net (101) at 18:30

Missing your Matt LeBlanc fix over on Top Gear? Never fear! The Golden Globe winner is back with a brand new season of comedy series Man with a Plan! In the season premiere, Adam tries to make the office feel more welcoming now that Andi is joining him at work every day, and it emerges that Lowell has been hiding something huge.

Harrow S2 starts on Tuesday 27 August on M-Net City (115) at 20:50

Forensic pathologist Daniel Harrow has issues with authority in this Australian drama series coming first to M-Net City. Harrow is back on the job following a shooting that nearly killed him, and he’s determined to find out who pulled the trigger. In the meantime, he must investigate the tragic puzzle of a young mother’s psychotic episode. Ioan Gruffudd (UnReal) stars as the magnetic and unorthodox, selfish but brilliant Dr Harrow.


Dating App Horrors: The Untold Story on Wednesday 28 August on Crime + Investigation (170) at 20:00

These dating app horror stories will leave you grateful to be happily married – or single! A playground of fake profiles, sexual predators and murderers, the unregulated billion-dollar dating app industry comes under scrutiny as award-winning journalist Elizabeth Vargas interviews victims, lawyers and industry experts in this riveting episode. Find out how to protect yourself online, if you’re still brave enough after seeing the evidence!

Big Animal Surgery on Monday 26 August on BBC Earth (184) at 19:00

Open wide! In the first episode of this fascinating brand-new series, Liz Bonnin attends an operation performed inside the gaping jaws of Ricci, a nine-year-old lion rescued from life as a Romanian pet, the improper early diet having stunted his teeth’s proper development. The brave surgeon is none other than internationally renowned dental vet Dr Gerhard Steenkamp, from South Africa.

Wild Nordic S1 on Sunday 25 August on Nat Geo Wild (182) at 18:00

Norway’s Viking Coastline is the focus of the first episode of this sweeping documentary series on the Nordic wilderness in all its splendour. From immense towering cliffsides to massive frozen fjords, viewers are given an astonishing aerial view of the rugged land of the Vikings.

Ice on Fire Showmax

From producer and narrator Leonardo DiCaprio, Ice on Fire is a conservation documentary that just might leave you feeling there’s hope for our planet yet. In the face of the ever-worsening effects of global warming, scientists and environmentalists are fighting to change our planet’s future, for the better. “My partners and I made Ice on Fire to give a voice to the scientists and researchers who work tirelessly every day on the front lines of climate change,” DiCaprio declares in the film’s production notes. The methods they are developing will stun viewers, and leave you feeling pleasantly optimistic – for a change.


Top Gear S27 starts on Thursday 29 August on BBC Brit (120) at 20:00

New season, new hosts! Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness join Chris Harris to bring their humour, expertise, daring, enthusiasm for all things wheeled and shiny, and a good helping of crazy to the 27th season of this iconic motoring show. The first episode of the season sees the newbies head into the searing heat of Ethiopia in their first cars, while Chris puts the Ferrari 488 Pista and McLaren 600LT through their paces back at the track.

My Lottery Dream Home S2 starts on Monday 26 August on HGTV (177) at 19:50

A brand-new season of this over-the-top house-hunt show hosted by David Bromstad kicks off with former couch-surfer Craig, who was living from paycheque to paycheque when he was given the second chance of a lifetime: a million dollar Lottery prize! Now, he’s looking to spend a chunk of that not-so-hard-earned cash on his dream home.

Savage Builds S1 starts on Thursday 29 August on Discovery Channel (121) at 21:00

Hot off the furnace and fresh from the brilliant brain of MythBusters star, designer-fabricator, pro model maker and alpha-geek Adam Savage, this newly-forged show kicks off with a project cool enough to make Tony Starke proud: a life-sized titanium Iron Man armour suit! As per the usual Savage standards, it can’t just be ornamental. It needs to actually be wearable, oh … and bulletproof, bomb-resistant and flight-worthy.

Donna Hay – Basic to Brilliance Kids S1 on Tuesday 27 August on The Home Channel (176) at 18:00

This is a great show to pop on for the whole family while dinner is being prepared and shared. It’s packed with delicious inspirations (and calming motivation for mess-a-phobic grown-ups) to get the kids into the kitchen and tackling their own cooking projects. Today, best-selling Australian cookbook author Donna Hay is joined by her young helpers, Jimmy and Sarah. She’ll help them “master the basics, and turn them into brilliance” as they make gooey caramel (without the processed sugar!) and a chewy, crunchy choc peanut slice.


Ander Mens

Daniel Niemand is one unlucky fellow. Throughout his mediocre existence, he encounters a series of unfortunate events, and after his wife leaves him for their marriage counsellor, his boring life suddenly gets a shakeup when old Daniel finds himself entangled in a crime syndicate. Only he can get himself out of this sticky situation and true to his nature, he needs help, which leads him to witness protection. Directed by Quentin Krog, this funny local comedy stars Bennie Fourie, Marlee van der Merwe and Frank Opperman.

Avengers: Endgame

With the universe in perpetual ruin, the remaining allies of the Avengers, Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner assemble in one final attempt to save humanity and restore balance. This sequel to Avengers: Infinity War is the first film to reach over a billion dollars during its opening weekend in theatres. Stars Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth and Don Cheadle.

Read the SAMDB review of Avengers: Endgame.

Lego DC Super Heroes: Batman Family Matters

The DC superheroes have all received ominous invitations to a mysterious event, and being the naturally suspicious family that they are, Batman, Batgirl and Robin Hood think that there’s more to this event than meets the eye. Indeed, they are right, because the villainous Red Hood has just hatched a plan to destroy the Bat-family and Gotham City.

The Last Witness

It’s a couple of years after the horrific WWII and one eager young journalist is out to uncover the hidden truth of tens of thousands of dead Polish officers. At first deemed to be the invading Germans who committed this heinous human rights violation, it soon emerges that there’s more to the story than just collateral damage in the war. This historic thriller is proof that the dead are not really dead for their voices can be heard from the grave. Starring Alex Pettyfer, Robert Wieckiewicz and Talulah Riley.


Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 25 August 2019

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday, 25 August 2019 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Solving Cold Cases with Genetic Genealogy

In 1987, a young Canadian couple was brutally murdered in the USA. For 31 years, the case remained unsolved while the murderer walked free. That was until a chance DNA connection to his cousins, led a team of investigators using a new crime solving technique called genetic genealogy, right to the killers’ door. Carte Blanche uncovers how international detectives are now solving cold case crimes.

Producer: Eugene Botha
Presenter: Derek Watts

Fake Gluten-Free Labels – Innocent Mistake or Food Fraud?

Does eating bread made from wheat, rye and barley give you cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and even headaches? While there’s little scientific consensus on the prevalence of gluten sensitivity, South Africa has joined the global trend to go gluten-free, with consumers willing to pay a premium for gluten-free goods. But for someone with coeliac disease, less than half a teaspoon of wheat could potentially be enough to cause serious illness. Carte Blanche takes to the laboratory to investigate the consequences when bakers commit gluten fraud, falsely labelling bread as gluten-free, when it isn’t.

Producer: Lightning Tree Stories
Presenter: Claire Mawisa

Duzi River Disaster

In a river long plagued by pollution that threatens the largest canoe marathon in Africa, a toxic spill of 1,6 million litres of corrosive sludge into the iconic Msunduzi is the worst disaster in three decades. We travel to the Willowton Plant in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal where edible oils are manufactured and a storage tank filled with cooking oil crumbled, taking down with it a second container filled with caustic soda. Despite the efforts of hundreds of clean-up volunteers, the milky sludge has flowed nearly 70 km into the Inanda dam outside Durban, suffocating fish and rendering the water unusable for the communities who depend on it. eThekwini Municipality has issued a health warning. Carte Blanche asks what it will take for the river to recover.

Producer: Stenette Grosskopf
Presenter: Derek Watts

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Comedy Central Roast Of Alec Baldwin

Comedy Central, the #1 brand in comedy, announced today that Robert De Niro, Blake Griffin, Caitlyn Jenner, Joel McHale, Debra Messing, Chris Redd, and Jeff Ross will join Roast Master Sean Hayes on the dais for the Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin. Additional Roasters and talent to attend will be announced shortly.

The event (#BaldwinRoast) will tape at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday, 7 September 2019 and will premiere on Tuesday, 17 September at 21:00 p.m. CAT on Comedy Central.

The Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin will be executive produced by Joel Gallen from Tenth Planet Productions, who also served as Executive Producer and Director of the Comedy Central Roasts of Bruce Willis, Rob Lowe, Justin Bieber, James Franco, Charlie Sheen, and Donald Trump, as well as the Emmy®-nominated Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner. Rick Austin is also Executive Producer, and Jeff Ross is Co-Executive Producer. Christian McLaughlin is the Executive in Charge of Production and Jordan Ellner is the Talent Producer for Comedy Central.

Available on-air, online and on the go, Comedy Central gives viewers access to a world of super funny, provocative and relevant comedy that tell the funny truths of life, every day and everywhere. From award-winning late-night, scripted and animated series to stand-up specials, short-form and sketch, Comedy Central has it all. A subsidiary of Viacom Inc., Comedy Central is available to more than 300 million households in over 150 countries across the globe.

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Sydney To The Max Comes To Disney Channel

‘Sydney to the Max,’ A Daughter/Father sitcom – with Grandma Too – Premieres in August on Disney Channel

“Sydney to the Max,” a sitcom introducing 13-year-old actress/musical artist Ruth Righi (Broadway’s “School of Rock The Musical”) in her first leading role, premieres on Monday, 19 August 2019 on Disney Channel, DStv Channel 303 at 17:40. Created by Mark Reisman (“Frasier,” “Wings,” “The Exes”), the series is geared for kids ages 6-14 and families. It also stars Ian Reed Kesler (“Suits”), Caroline Rhea (“Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” “Phineas and Ferb”), Jackson Dollinger (“Puppy Dog Pals”), Ava Kolker (“Girl Meets World”) and Christian J. Simon (“The Amazing World of Gumball”).

Set in the present day with flashbacks to the 1990s, the comedy revolves around outgoing middle schooler Sydney Reynolds who lives with her single dad Max in the house he grew up in, along with her progressive grandmother Judy—three generations under one roof. As Sydney’s preteen pursuits begin to expand with unexpected and funny twists, Max tries to get a better sense of the guidance, perspective and support she needs. Grandma, full of both parental wisdom and wisecracks, has a razor-sharp memory that proves Max’s own teenage antics parallel Sydney’s. Flashback scenes to a young Max and his best friend Leo juxtapose the funny predicaments invented by Sydney and her vivacious friend Olive.

Caroline Rhea plays Judy in both eras. Ian Reed Kesler is adult Max, Jackson Dollinger is young Max, Ava Kolker is Olive and Christian J. Simon is Leo.

In the premiere episode, “Can’t Dye This,” Sydney wants to radically change up her hairstyle for the first day of 7th grade. Her dad Max is resistant, but with Olive’s help, Sydney takes matters into her own hands.


ITV Choice Highlights – 26 August To 1 September

Tuesday, 27 August at 20:00

Geoffrey Charles and Cecily’s relationship continues to blossom but George’s sanity continues to deteriorate and Cary struggles under mounting responsibilities. Bored of being neglected, Valentine decides to break out of Trenwith in search of new friends. Meanwhile, the Enyses look to challenge the county’s high society by hosting a ball to introduce the Despards, before disaster strikes and Ross and Ned must rise into heroic action together.


ACCRA Animation Festival Announces Animation du Monde 2020 Winners As Competition Draws To A Close At Lagos Comic Convention

The first edition of the Accra Animation Film Festival (AAFFia) recently wrapped after shining a spotlight on African animation as well as hosting the third leg of the Pan-African Animation du Monde preliminary rounds.

With each passing round of the competition, creators and animators have delivered higher and higher quality work, and yet only three will progress to the Continental Finals taking place at DISCOP Johannesburg later this year.

The winners from AAFFia, in no particular order are:

  • Meet the Igwes by Chekwube Okonkwo (Nigeria)
  • JujuCups by Selorm Dogoe (Ghana)
  • Message Beats by Natasha Nayo and Lizz Johnson (Ghana)

Kenya and Nigeria are next in the Animation Du Monde program. The fourth round of the Pan-African Animation du Monde will be taking place at Nairobi Comic Con (NAICCON) after entries closed on August 11th.

The Sub-Saharan circuit of Animation du Monde 2020 preliminary rounds will come to a close in Nigeria at Lagos Comic Convention (LCC) from 19 – 21 September 2019. Entries for LCC are currently open and close 5 September 2019.

Once the Lagos Comic Convention prelim is concluded, the next stop for the prestigious pitching competition is the Continental Finals at DISCOP Johannesburg in November 2019, where the 15 finalists (3 from each of the 5 regional prelims) will compete for the honour of being 1 of the 2 winners selected to represent the continent and compete against their global counterparts at Annecy Int. Animated Film Fest. & Market/MIFA (Annecy/MIFA) in 2020.

On the back of the recent news that Africa will be honoured at Annecy/MIFA 2020 as part of the Africa 2020 Creative Season, this represents arguably the biggest opportunity for African creators to showcase their talent and content on a global stage.

Nigeria is home to the largest comic book market in Africa. The creative industries have been able to leverage the largest population on the continent and the second largest film industry in the world by volume, Nollywood, to build this success. Although animation is fairly new to the region, an event like LCC has shown that there is a hunger for content from the continent. As a sister industry to animation, comics have been able to lay a solid foundation for creatives to work from.

The maiden preliminary round of Animation du Monde hosted at Lagos Comic Convention in 2018, brought some of the best animation talent to the fore. Dami Solesi, one of the Continental Winners of the competition, came through the LCC 2018 prelim to pitch her idea at Annecy/MIFA 2019.

Dami had the following to say about her experience; “Going through the Annecy/MIFA pitches has opened my eyes to a new world of content production and how I can bring my ideas to life. From the onset at the LCC, my project was constantly being refined at each stage. At DISCOP Johannesburg, meeting with each of the experts and the infallible contribution that each expert made towards the project. They even provided opportunities beyond the competition and I’m still in communication with many of them as regards updates on my project. I believe every single creative who has an idea should definitely apply for this because going through the process, whether you win or not your project would be refined.”

Events such as AAFFia and Lagos Comic Convention highlight the importance of audience access to animation, without which the industry will not be able to grow and evolve. Animation du Monde plays an important role in increasing animations’ profile amongst audiences by providing education, networking, and opportunities for creatives to market their ideas. This relationship between audience and creatives is the foundation of the animation industry.

As the Annecy Int. Animated Film Fest’ & Market/MIFA looks towards its 60th year in 2020, where they will be celebrating Africa as a region of honour, it is important to create the platform for creatives to showcase their work. And, next year, show the world what Africa is capable of!

The competition regulations can be viewed HERE. If you have a project that you would like to enter, please click HERE. Who knows, you might represent Africa at the Animation du Monde 2020 Grand Finale in Annecy!

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African Animation Network

The African Animation Network is a pro-profit, talent-driven social enterprise and open network that endeavours to build a sustainable African animation industry. The African Animation Network’s primary objective is to empower African animation creators and producers by providing support and advancing social cohesion within the African animation sector.​ (Read more HERE)

Annecy Int. Animated Film Festival & Market/MIFA

Festival International du Film d’Animation d’Annecy was created in 1960 and takes place at the beginning of June in the town of Annecy, France. Initially occurring every two years, the festival became an annual event in 1998. It is one of the four international animated film festivals sponsored by the Association Internationale du Film d’Animation/ASIFA and is arguably the most prestigious animation festival globally. (Read more HERE)

Accra Animation Film Festival is a platform that supports, promotes and offers animators in Africa the opportunity to showcase their artistic work. AAFFia aims at growing the animation ecosystem in Africa and connecting local animators to other professionals in other continents.

Our goal is to challenge local animation quality to ensure competitive work that showcases the stories and talents of the continent. Ultimately, we want to create a bridge between animators here and the rest of the world, stimulating raw creativity to enrich the global animation community. (Read more HERE)

Launched in 2012, the Lagos Comic Convention has become West Africa’s #1 destination for comic book geeks, book readers, avid music listeners, movie lovers, art lovers and fans of every area of the creative industry to gather and meet experts of crafts they love. It has also become the #1 platform used for people in the creative industry to connect with their audiences and sell their products. (Read more HERE)